|Source: Political Carnival|
ALEXANDRIA October 23 - The Afghanistan peace envoy to the Taliban is killed by the Taliban [hint?] and "President" Karzai who days ago sat next to Hillary Clinton and accused Pakistan of facilitating attacks on his country today says “Anybody that attacks Pakistan, Afghanistan will stand with Pakistan,” he said. “Afghanistan will never betray its brother.”
Its enough to make you run to the window and shout, network style. Little wonder then Amb Karl Eikenberry told Bob Woodward "He's on his meds, he's off his meds".
Is he mad? No. Its not that much of a mystery. Its a cruel [or just] world as Moammar recently discovered. Karsai is keen to avoid his Najibullah moment (warning - its about as pretty as the latest additions to the Gaddafi family album. BTW, Saif Saif, where are you? Back at the LSE? [I guess you should expect that snark from a Cambridge man before he has had his coffee on a Sunday morning]) and has to balance the crazy in his country and the crazy around it. Good luck with that Hamid.
As MIL INT has noted, none of this sort of thing indicates irrationality. It does indicate that circumstances are so wickedly complex that they have a dynamic that appears completely twisted from a distance. Like the US presidential primary race where a candidates sole claim to fame is he made it in the pizza delivery business can be taken seriously as a candidate for president. America is still a superpower people. In his W campaign moment, Herb Cain took pride in his ignorance. Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan just happens to be somewhat important to the war in Afghanistan (if you don't know why, google it dumbass) where Americans are dying as you read this blog.
So MIL INT can allow Karzai to turn the mirror back on us this time:
“[Karzai] was saying he saw this news clip about how Mr. Cain had said I don’t even know the names of all these presidents of all these countries, you know, like whatever,” she chuckled.
“All the stans!” interjected Karzai.
“All these ‘stans places!” joked Clinton.
“That wasn’t right,” Karzai noted. “But anyway, that’s how politics are.”
America - judge not, least you be judged!