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

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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