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Petraeus, Clinton Criticize Karzai’s Criticism of Strategy

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Posted on Nov 15, 2010
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Hamid Karzai is acting up. The Afghan president, who rankled top U.S. brass earlier this year with hints at split loyalties, has again come out with some fightin’ words against the American war effort in his country.

Karzai’s latest statements, this time to the Washington Post, didn’t sit well with either Gen. David Petraeus or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday, as the BBC explains below. 


Hillary Clinton has defended US Afghan operations against criticism from Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

The US secretary of state said targeted attacks on the networks of militant leaders were a key part of US strategy.

The Afghan leader had told The Washington Post there should be fewer US troops, and called for an end to special forces night raids.

Gen David Petraeus, the coalition commander in Afghanistan, was said to be astonished by Mr Karzai’s remarks.

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By Bat Guano, November 17, 2010 at 12:40 am Link to this comment
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What part of the strategy to make boat loads of money for the MIC does Karzai not undertand.

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By de profundis clamavi, November 16, 2010 at 3:08 pm Link to this comment

Well, maybe the CIA will just have to arrange for Karzai’s assassination, like Diem in Vietnam, so he can be replaced by a better representative of American “democracy” in Afghanistan.

This game of imperialist war has been going on for so long, there are no fresh ideas, only re-runs. “I Love Lucy” was a much better series.

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By fearnotruth, November 16, 2010 at 5:01 am Link to this comment

first Karzai threatens to kick out Black Water - widely accused of staging numerous flase
flag black ops both in Afghanistan and Pakistan - then he backs down

now he asks that highly inaccurate night raids - virtually terrorism alla mano blanco - be
curtailed and already he’s backing down

suggesting he be assassinated seems more of a prediction - the Vietnam parallel is
commonly cited - Ngo Dinh Diem’s assassination certainly weighs heavily on him daily

as for “dealing with the stinking taliban” - hell, the CIA created them and copious
evidence suggests they support them to this day - the goal is not to ‘win’ this war, just
to keep the bloody thing going forever - get a clue!

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