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January 23, 2009

OBAMA READY TO SWITCH AFGHAN PUPPETS IN MID STREAM

Independent, UK - Barack Obama's arrival in the White House and the wind of change sweeping through Washington could lead to the ousting from power of Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan, The Independent has learnt.

International support for Mr Karzai, who was once the darling of the West, has waned spectacularly, amid worsening violence, endemic corruption and weak leadership. But until very recently, diplomats insisted there were no viable alternatives even as fighting has intensified and the Taliban insurgency in the south has grown. But four key figures believed to be challenging Mr Karzai have arrived in Washington for meetings with Obama administration officials this week. There is now talk of a "dream ticket" that would see the main challengers run together to unite the country's various ethnic groups and wrest control away from Mr Karzai. . .

1 Comments:

Anonymous Chris Collins said...

"Karzai" is Pashtu for "Diem". As you noted, Sam. This looks increasingly like a bad rerun of Vietnam - but on two fronts.

The tragic thing about the "Best and the Brightest" is that they never learn.

January 23, 2009 7:31 PM  

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