Category Archives: Hamid Kharzai

McChrystal Method

According to CBS, Obama had decided to go with McChrystal’s plan, giving him almost all the troops he asked for. Administration officials had acknowledged problems with Afghanistan’s nominal president, Hamid Kharzai, last week: “He’s got to take concrete steps to … Continue reading

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Afghanistan On The Brink

Once again, the Christian Science Monitor is light-years ahead of the American media landscape. This report on the deteriorating relationship between Hamid Kharzai and regional governors has no analogue in American television at the moment, so if it blows up … Continue reading

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Avoiding Checkmate in Afghanistan (UPDATE)

Gosh, it’s a good thing Obama “waffled” on Afghanistan. There’s no possible scenario for success without a legitimate partner, and since America’s current partner in Kabul was trying to steal the runoff election, his opponent has withdrawn from the race: … Continue reading

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Kharzai Blinks

Saturday, John Kerry said it would be “irresponsible” to commit more troops to Afghanistan until the election had been settled and a “clear partner” had emerged. Yesterday, the fraud-adjusted tally dropped Hamid Kharzai below 50% of the vote. Kharzai wouldn’t … Continue reading

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WSJ Gives Obama Some Slack On Afghanistan

The Wall Street Journal gets it right: (A)llegations of widespread vote fraud in the Afghan balloting have revived long-held skepticism within Mr. Obama’s national-security team — including the increasingly influential Vice President Joe Biden — about Mr. Karzai’s role, convincing … Continue reading

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The Next Fight On The Left is Afghanistan

Since Netroots Nation in August, the controversy on the left has been about whether Obama is progressive enough. If I could advise Obama to see that one thing does not become a controversy at Netroots Nation in 2010, it would … Continue reading

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Obama Gets An Out From Afghanistan

Well, now we know what made Hamid Kharzai so angry when he met with US envoy Richard Holbrooke. PARIS — Afghan President Hamid Karzai says in an interview published in France that the United States is attacking him because it … Continue reading

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Uncertain Outcome for Afghan Election

The UN is tracking complaints in the Afghanistan vote, and the results are not encouraging: The complaints commission, which was partly appointed by the United Nations and includes Afghan and foreign members, said more allegations from polling day are still … Continue reading

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Kharzai Takes the Lead

The AP is reporting that Kharzai has taken the lead in the ballot-count, with 45% of votes counted compared to 35% for his closest challenger, Abdullah Abdullah. Without a clear majority, Kharzai will be forced into a runoff election. Accusations … Continue reading

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Whither Afghanistan?

As the ballot-counting begins in Afghanistan, the man most worried about the outcome is Barack Obama. Juan Cole agrees with the Financial Times: US diplomats acknowledge that widespread perceptions of electoral fraud, intimidation or corruption would further damage domestic US … Continue reading

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The New Blowback

There were some attacks on polling stations in Afghanistan, but the real story is a lack of democratic transparency: The main challenger, ex-foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, released a statement detailing about 40 incidents of alleged irregularities, most saying that officials … Continue reading

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