For the U.S. and its NATO allies, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been a frustrating friend. His calling for the withdrawal of the foreign troops that are fighting to preserve his government and saying on one occasion that he might join the Taliban are indefensible.
The U.S. expects to conclude a bilateral security agreement with Afghanistan and overcome Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s refusal so far to sign the pact, according to an Obama administration official.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai won’t be hurt by revelations that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has funneled millions of dollars to his office because such dealings are expected in a society steeped in patronage, according to two former CIA officers.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s accusation that the U.S. is colluding with the Taliban may add to pressure from Congress for a faster U.S. troop withdrawal than President Barack Obama plans, lawmakers said.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was greeted on his first visit to Afghanistan since taking office by suicide bombs, threats and Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s accusation that the U.S. is colluding with the Taliban.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham , a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he was “stunned” at a report that Afghan President Hamid Karzai wants the U.S. to scale back operations in his country.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai hailed a pact to keep U.S. troops in the country after 2014, telling national leaders meeting to assess the agreement that it would bring stability to the war-torn nation.