Afghan President Hamid Karzai Calls Taliban “Brothers,” Slams United States
Yesterday, I posted on an Afghan lawmaker who called for jihad against America. : Today, it’s the president who owes everything to the United States.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in an interview published on Sunday that he saw no good in America’s presence in Afghanistan.
The Afghan leader referred to the Taliban as his “brothers”, to the Americans as “rivals” and claimed that he had not spoken to US President Barack Obama since June.
The interview to The Sunday Times, London, was widely reproduced in the US where commentators pointed out that Mr Karzai was purposely distancing himself from Mr Obama as the Afghan leader’s 12-year reign comes to an end.
“This whole 12 years was one of constant pleading with America to treat the lives of our civilians as lives of people,” he said, adding that he met Mr Obama at Nelson Mandela’s funeral in South Africa but did not speak to him.
“Letters have been exchanged” though, he added.
Insisting that he “saw no good” in the American presence in Afghanistan, Mr Karzai said: “They did not work for me, they worked against me.”
Although the United States spent $648 billion during the Afghan war, Mr Karzai said it did not help him.
“The money they should have paid to the police they paid to private security firms and creating militias who caused lawlessness, corruption and highway robbery,” he said.
As I said yesterday, it’s time to go.
Hat Tip: : Weasel Zippers
Duane Lester is co-founder of All American Blogger, and the primary writer. Following graduation, Duane entered the United States Navy as a journalist. He spent five years touring the world, reporting on local news and sports. Following his enlistment, Duane spent almost 10 years working with adjudicated youth in residential treatment environments. Duane discovered politics after September 11. He credits Erich "Mancow" Muller for opening his eyes to his conservative beliefs. Since then, Duane has devoured books and literature on politics, reading everything he can from Adam Smith to Larry Elder to Thomas Sowell. He refers to his style of politics as "conserva-tarian", a mixture of conservative and libertarian beliefs.