On MSNBC this morning, Peter Galbraith, the former UN envoy to Afghanistan, suggested that Afghan President Hamid Karzai “has a certain fondness for some of Afghanistan’s most profitable exports.”
Galbraith lost his job last year after a very public disagreement with his boss about how to deal with allegations of fraud in Afghanistan’s election.Today on MSNBC, Galbraith addressed Afghanistan’s president.
He’s prone to tirades. He can be very emotional, act impulsively. In fact, some of the palace insiders say that he has a certain fondness for some of Afghanistan’s most profitable exports.
“So you’re saying he’s got an issue, he’s got his own substance abuse problem?” Chuck Todd asked.
“There are reports to that effect,” Galbraith said.
Karzai’s showdown with the west has made international headlines over the last week — with stories in the last few days going so far as to suggest that the Afghan president had told those in his inner circle that he’d consider joining the Taliban if parliament didn’t back his bid to run Afghanistan’s electoral watchdog.
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called Karzai’s comments “genuinely troubling” yesterday.
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