Sunday, May 3, 2009

Hamid Karzai, Part II

This week both Hamid Karzai and Asif Ali Zardari will meet with Obama to discuss the situations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

An article in this morning's Washington Post says that Karzai has had a good couple of months; his potential opponents in the late-summer presidential elections are bickering with each other as to which one would be the most formidable alternative.

The most interesting nugget in the article is that Zalmay Khalilzad is considering a run for the Afghan presidency! Turns out that he's Afghan by birth and could run if he abandoned his US citizenship. It seems to me that the Afghan people would never accept Khalilzad as a legitimate national leader, given his past roles in the US government (and his participation in arguably imperialist ventures).

218. Was Khalilzad ever a diplomat in Afghanistan? I'm remembering his role in Iraq but can't remember if he worked in Afghanistan first.

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