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Wink-Wink, Nudge-Nudge: Karzai’s Alleged Drug Problem

Posted on Apr 6, 2010

Peter Galbraith, the former U.N. envoy who claims he was fired for trying to confront the election fraud in Afghanistan, says of Hamid Karzai: “In fact, some of the palace insiders say that he has a certain fondness for some of Afghanistan’s most profitable exports.”

Although you won’t find mention of it during the MSNBC interview or in the Huffington Post post where we grabbed this clip, you might recognize Galbraith from an ugly little conflict-of-interest scandal.

That doesn’t mean what he’s saying isn’t true, but he isn’t very willing to back up the accusation. As you can see in the clip below, he just leaves it out there to fester with a slight retreat of “He’s got his own substance abuse problem. There are reports to that effect.”

Not to defend Karzai, but we know plenty of bloggers and editors who manage to engage in erratic behavior without the aid of drugs.

Speaking of erratic behavior, can television news get any more out of control? You can just imagine the producer coaching his team before they cut in: “We only have two minutes to shout at each other. Let’s make it loud, people. And if the guy you’re interviewing starts talking—Cut. Him. Off. This isn’t PBS, for crying out loud.”  —PZS


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By gerard, April 7, 2010 at 11:31 am Link to this comment

In Afthan fields the popplies grow
Between the mountains row on row
That mark our land, and in the sky
Your drones still humming, softly fly
  Scarce heard above the guns below.

We are the Dead.  Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
  In poppy fields

That grow in sun as blind as sand
To feed the hungers of our land
And bring our enemies dreams of power.
  If we break faith with U.S.A.
  Just take your guns and go away.
      Leave us alone!

Many apologies, credits and thanks to Lt.Col.McCrae of the Canadian Army, WW I, battle of Ypres “In Flanders Fields the poppies grow etc…”

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By Nobody, April 7, 2010 at 4:06 am Link to this comment
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You mean, like Peter Galbraith has a certain fondness for crooked deals that line
his pockets?

When Karzai is assassinated, I suggest the first place investigators look is at
Galbaith’s email and phone records.

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By StandardAnt, April 6, 2010 at 8:18 pm Link to this comment
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He’ll be out by the end of the year. 
I think the idea is to make him so despicable to american eyes that no one will mind the coup.  Just my humble opinion…

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By samosamo, April 6, 2010 at 4:25 pm Link to this comment

What is believable and in step is the totally acceptance of what
this galbraith person says and it is almost just like fux news
listening to those newscasters, not journalists but newscasters
because they are not going to other sources for confirmation
and all of it has the ‘what is your opinion’ or ‘do you know
someone who has said’.

As expected, piss poor newscasting and why did not anybody
ask why were were still in Afghanistan other than protecting the
poppy crops and assuring the stability of the opium trade and
insuring the instability of the security of the country,  but all we
get are talking head hysterics being read from a script.

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By gerard, April 6, 2010 at 4:17 pm Link to this comment

Hey, what happened to the first article on Karzai?  It got pulled before people had a chance to enjoy (??) my parody on “Flanders Fields”. 

Just kidding.  This photo of him, however, is less than flattering—kind of like Galbraith’s commments.  Like Karzai is the only one who maybe sniffs, smokes, shoots up and otherwise “alters his consciousness” to escape from all the craziness going on?  You know ... drones and stuff.

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By EJH, April 6, 2010 at 3:29 pm Link to this comment

It looks like Mr Karzai has fallen out of favor and is
being set up to go the way of Ngô ?ình Di?m.

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By mlb, April 6, 2010 at 3:26 pm Link to this comment

It doesn’t matter a whit whether Karzai speaks the truth or whether his administration is corrupt.  All that counts now is that he’s broken the cardinal rule of US client regimes by talking back to his masters.  He should join the Taliban.  He’ll have a better chance of staying around, and they’re the lesser of evils anyway.

According to our corporate government, Karzai should be thankful to us for having invaded and occupied his country, killed thousands of his countrymen, turbocharged the poppy-opium-heroin industry, and made his country a bigger mess than ever.

So stand back from your TV sets, folks!  The slime isn’t just oozing the way it did back when Frank Zappa wrote his song.  Now it spews.

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By antispin, April 6, 2010 at 2:42 pm Link to this comment

There is clearly a smear campaign against Karzai - I don’t trust Galbraith one whit.  I’ve heard reports that Galbraith likes dangle donuts on his dongle - really, it’s what people who know him say about him.

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