President Hamid Karzai: The U.S. Cries Foul

The New York Times, Editorial, Tuesday, March 30, 2010

President Obama in Kabul

“President Obama’s visit to Afghanistan on Sunday was a long overdue, and desperately needed, attempt to persuade President Hamid Karzai to clean up his act…Mr. Karzai has a long history of telling the international community what it wants to hear–while he and his aides continue to do whatever they choose…

(This editorial further mentions the Afghani election and Mr. Karzai’s brother as compromised.)

He (President Karzai) must also cut ties with many other corrupt officials and warlords and ensure that war criminals and human rights abusers are held accountable.  His recent decision to sign a law giving amnesty to some of the worst offenders is especially worrying.

The United States and others rightly cried foul–the administration even canceled Mr. Karzai’s planned White House visit..”

A foul in sports usually involves physical contact which illegally interferes with a player on the opposing team. In this international case, the U.S. sees Afghanistan’s leader as not playing fair.


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