Afghan President Hamid Karzai Threatens to Join the Taliban

Nick McMaster writes on Newser:
Hamid Karzai

Hamid Karzai has told Afghan lawmakers he will join the Taliban if his western backers kept pushing him to reform. The legislators said the Afghan president’s comments shouldn’t be taken at face value — he was pandering to pro-Taliban members of parliament, and he seems unconcerned about losing western support. The remarks are characteristic of his increasingly erratic behavior as he struggles to maintain his grip on power.

The Obama administration voiced disappointment with Karzai’s outburst. “On behalf of the American people, we’re frustrated with the remarks,” Robert Gibbs said. Karzai told Afghan lawmakers that he explained his comments to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this weekend, the AP reports.

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5 Comments on "Afghan President Hamid Karzai Threatens to Join the Taliban"

  1. Karzai is, like my mother used to say, “making a mess in his own nest.”

  2. Anonymous | Apr 8, 2010 at 6:23 am |

    Maybe he’s tired of the US blowing up Afghan wedding parties.

  3. Maybe he's tired of the US blowing up Afghan wedding parties.

  4. While all of this terror and destruction is wrought by the Taliban on Afghans, where isPresident Hamid Karzai? Missing in action. Karzai is a smart man; he didn’t simply ….NATO’s relations with the 54-year-old Afghan president had deteriorated so badly that Mr. Karzai has publicly referred to NATO troops as “an occupying force” and threatened to join the Taliban if western governments put any further pressure on him. Diplomatic documents made public by WikiLeaks …

  5. While all of this terror and destruction is wrought by the Taliban on Afghans, where isPresident Hamid Karzai? Missing in action. Karzai is a smart man; he didn’t simply ….NATO’s relations with the 54-year-old Afghan president had deteriorated so badly that Mr. Karzai has publicly referred to NATO troops as “an occupying force” and threatened to join the Taliban if western governments put any further pressure on him. Diplomatic documents made public by WikiLeaks …

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