Karzai Becomes Erratic: Threatens to Quit and Join Taliban Fighters
April 6, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-How do you solve a problem like Afghan President Hamid Karzai? Under increasing pressure from the United States and Nato forces, to form a full cabinet and to institute reforms to combat government corruption, Karzai has been publicly lashing out at the foreign forces that keep him in power. Last week, he blamed foreign forces for last year’s election fraud, which required a fence-mending phone call with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. This week, the increasingly erratic Karzai told a group of Afghan lawmakers that he may quit the presidency to join the Taliban fighters and take up armed resistance against the U.S.
White House Secretary Robert Gibbs, when questioned by reporters about Karzai’s remarks, said “On behalf of the American people, we’re frustrated with the remarks.”
The Associated Press first reported Karzai’s remarks, made during a closed-door meeting of Afghan lawmakers:
‘”He said that ‘if I come under foreign pressure, I might join the Taliban’,” said Farooq Marenai, who represents the eastern province of Nangarhar. “He said rebelling would change to resistance,” Marenai said — apparently suggesting that the militant movement would then be redefined as one of resistance against a foreign occupation rather than a rebellion against an elected government.”
Other lawmakers in attendance, reported that Karzai threatened to join the Taliban twice during the meeting.
Although concerned by Karzai’s bizarre remarks, the Afghan lawmakers attributed them to Karzai’s campaign to appease pro-Taliban members in his government.
Spokespersons for President Karzai did not answer their phones on Monday.