Karzai: I will not let congressman into Afghanistan
May 21st, 2012
06:20 PM ET

Karzai: I will not let congressman into Afghanistan

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By Jamie Crawford

If Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-California, an influential member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is looking for a country to visit as a member of a congressional delegation, he can cross Afghanistan off his list.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Rohrabacher have been at loggerheads over the congressman's push for a more decentralized Afghan government. Asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer about the disagreement, Karzai said he is against letting Rohrabacher into the country.

"Until he changes his tongue, until he shows respect to the Afghan people, to our way of life and to our constitution ... No foreigner has a place asking another people, another country to change their constitution. Have we ever asked the United States to change its constitution?" Karzai said in an exclusive interview that aired Monday on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

Last month, Rohrabacher was asked by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton not to travel on to Afghanistan with a congressional delegation that he was part of as it visited the region, after Karzai said the congressman was not welcome.

Both Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Rohrabacher it was not a good idea to travel to Afghanistan based on their own conversations with Karzai. Rohrabacher agreed, and did not travel on with the delegation from its previous stop in Dubai.

As chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee, Rohrabacher said his past scrutiny of the Afghan government and examination of how U.S. funds are spent in the war-torn nation likely played a role in Karzai's displeasure.

Coming on the heels of revelations of U.S. soldiers burning Qurans, and the alleged killing of Afghan civilians at the hands of a U.S. soldier, Clinton told Rohrabacher the timing of the visit was not right

"She felt that another mini-crisis might erupt," Rohrabacher told Blitzer last month, "because Karzai hated me so much that he would create a crisis, and she just thought it would be disruptive to our ability to get her job done."

Rohrabacher went on to call the mercurial Afghan leader a "corrupt prima donna" in the same interview.

In the interview that aired Monday, Karzai said he is firm on his position on Rohrabacher not because the congressman is "dangerous," but as a "matter of principle."

"Freedom of speech is good, we respect that, but the freedom of speech with regard to other countries is another issue," Karzai told Blitzer.

Rohrabacher later released a statement through his office saying he would not "apologize to Karzai or any other corrupt leader.

"Afghanistan is failing because Karzai and his corrupt clique are incompetent leaders, not because the U.S. hasn't pumped enough money or blood to help the brave people of Afghanistan ... Right now, I'm more concerned with getting American troops out of that country so they won't continue to needlessly die than I am getting myself into Afghanistan to meet with officials like Karzai," Rohrabacher said in the statement.

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  17. middleage

    as Karzai is a FRIEND/PUPPET of the USA, why, minerals and GAZ (gaz pipeline anyone, google?).
    BTW has anyone read "the new pearl harbor" ? google it, it may be interesting for people with short term memory.

    September 8, 2012 at 8:01 am | Reply
  18. James D.

    It was GEORGE W. BUSH who "hand-picked" Karzai to lead the Afghan people and government, yet look at BILLIONS of dollars that it's cost U.S. Taypayers because Karzai is fraud and filthy rich (embezzlements, money fraud), etc. So Karzai had enough money and so-called "connections' to BUY THE ELECTION the two cycles. Why/ Why? Why? Geroge W. Bish THAT'S WHY!!!

    August 21, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
    • bob

      yes, and it was obama, while running for prez, that stated:
      - he was going to end the afghan war immediately, and yet he actually escalted it.
      - he was going to close gitmo, but didn't
      - he was going to balance the budget and yet has put our country in more debt than all previous prez's combined
      - he has also increased USA foreign weapon sales from $17 billion to $54 billion since taking office.

      i'm a lifelong democrat, and even i know that obama is nothing but a lying conman.

      September 1, 2012 at 11:30 am | Reply
      • Ken

        Bob, you're Ryan(lying). President Obama campaigned on bringing the war in Iraq to a close immediately and focus attention on Afghanistan where it should have been in the first place. Pay attention, Bob.

        September 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
      • Vic of NY

        Yo Bobby,

        Are you really Ryan Ly'in or just plain stupid? the President DID try to close Gittmo. he was blocked by Republicans in Congress. If you are are going to be bitter, be bitter because you're stupid and don't have the facts

        September 2, 2012 at 8:48 am |
      • expat

        From the Wash Post " Administration officials lay blame for the failed initiative on Congress, including Democrats who deserted the president, sometimes in droves. The debate, they said, became suffused with fear — fear that transferring detainees to American soil would create a genuine security threat, fear that closing Guantanamo would be electoral suicide. Some Democratic lawmakers pleaded with the White House not to press too hard, according to administration officials."

        So stop just laying blame on the Repubs. He did enlarge the war in Afghanistan, signed a deal to keep the US there until 2014. So we will not be out of there anytime soon.

        He has increased the National Debt. He made the US lose billions due to bad loans to his friends like Al Gore ($529 Million) and these went bankrupt. These people are laughing at the common taxpayer because the common taxpayer does not follow the money but only the speeches.

        September 2, 2012 at 11:00 am |
      • expat

        I meant to say 2024 and not 2014.

        September 2, 2012 at 11:02 am |
  19. Johhny

    Hamid always wears sweet hats!

    August 18, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  20. Rosslaw

    Rohrabacher just wants to engage Karzai in a friendly discussion on election fraud-how to in other words.

    August 17, 2012 at 9:29 am | Reply
    • Denis

      Karzai doesn't want any scrutiny over the on-going disappearance of U.S. funds from Kabul banks. He wants no accountability. Anyone who knows Afghanistan knows that great degrees of graft and corruption go with the territory. It has been that way for the last 50 years and it gets worse everyday. Our friends are killing our troops and stealing our money. Let's get out.

      August 18, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  21. Infobandit

    No congressmen allowed? But you let the Taliban run free, and and you let you police force join them? Kazari would be a laughable joke, if it was not such a serious situatuion he is in. His term is appalling, and he should be ashamed of himself, except for the fact he has no idea of what his country is going through and obviously does not care. He is so corrupt it is tragic to even talk about it.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:14 am | Reply
    • Awabnavi

      "His term is appalling, and he should be ashamed of himself" - The ones who should be ASHAMED of themselves are ALI BABA & THE FORTY THIEVES. It is THEY who have brought about this CHAOS in Afghanistan. They could not beat the TALIBAN after more than a DECADE of fighting. They are so TIRED now that they want to run away from Afghanistan before FINISHING THE JOB. LOL!

      August 7, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply
      • usamare

        Defeating the Taliban has never been a problem as they tend to lose battles and have to focus on blowing up civilians. Occupying a country is next to impossible though. I'm supremely confident that rather than build a nation, the Taliban will have everyone living in caves and eating mud in no time once the UN pulls out, good luck with that:-)

        August 15, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
      • expat

        The chaos was already there before 9-11. As a matter of fact it is less so now. The people have a better infrastructure, school system, jobs (many have learned new skills instead of farming) and many Afghans have a better understanding of the world outside of just their village politics. i know because I have been there to witness this.

        August 15, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
  22. Dan

    Why does our President not say, " I will not allow one more U.S. taxpayer dollar to be given to these Afghan Neanderthals?

    July 9, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Reply
    • John P

      Because civilized people talk to people in accordance to who they are, not in accordance to whom they are speaking.

      July 10, 2012 at 2:40 am | Reply
  23. James

    But Karzai is our friend !!!–What a joke–We will still give them a $zillion dollars every year–

    July 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  24. BOBBY G

    RORBACHER IS A TOTAL NUTCASE. We are ashamed that he represents California in any way.

    July 9, 2012 at 11:15 am | Reply
    • wolfpackbob

      It is widely reported and unfortunately accepted that Karzai and his cronies are corrupt? Rohrabacher's opinion is widely shared among your Democratic friends. Put your partisanship on hold
      at least for part of the day.

      July 10, 2012 at 11:46 am | Reply
  25. Dan

    In all honesty to all posters...name for me any nation who's government is devoid of corruption. Afgahn, Bahraini, French, American (and I am a service member)...? What do you expect from a foreign nation trying to establish and legitamize itself? Corrupt or not, blns of $ or now, do you think for a moment that they don't reserve the right to bar foreign nationals from their country? I don't care that he is corrupt, someone name for me a congressman/woman that hasn't shown the slightest bit of corruption, what I do care about is blatent disregard for principle. As a servicemember, I truly hope that some people come to their senses (especially Senor Salinas), because blind hatred and misunderstanding will only lead to further conflict. The U.S. is a nation built on diversity and understanding, but other nations have different views that even I may not like, but I accept because to do otherwise is to say you are wrong for no other reason than you are not us...

    July 8, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Reply
    • kuduson

      you hate them
      they hate you
      so get out

      July 8, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  26. Gary

    Allahu akbar .......... Allahu FUBAR!

    July 8, 2012 at 9:22 am | Reply
    • kuduson

      get the f .. out america
      enuff rape and killing
      by your military
      Us killed a million in iraq
      a million in Afghansitan
      geez how many freakin terrorists are there

      July 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Reply
      • Richard Rain

        All muslims suck, how many terrorists do you know that are not male or muslim?

        July 9, 2012 at 12:13 am |
      • expat

        It is people like you that distort the facts and just whine. Where do you get the numbers of 1 million for each country killed? If one repeats a lie many times then one will believe it.

        July 9, 2012 at 8:52 am |
      • Chris

        Not even close, the US hasnt even killed 100,000 in each country. What an ignorant comment. The people of Afghanistan and Iraq kill more of there own people in one year then we have the entire time we have been there. Get your facts right. We aren't the ones running around with bombs strapped to our chest killing eachother. At least we aren't little wimps and send our kids in with the bombs to do our fighting for us. Any man who sends a child to do his dirty work is less of a man then that child!

        July 9, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
      • SFK

        Really? I wish we would get out and cut off import/export biz....

        August 16, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  27. Senor Salinas

    Just to re-iterate: may Karzai and his god-damned f"ing god allah and his f'ing prophet mohammed all meet to strategize their stay in the abyss called by christians 'hell'. I hate the muslim religion with a passion ... and i hate allah's die-hard evil supporters.

    July 7, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Reply
    • kuduson

      they hate you too
      for all the rape and murders you committed
      fake democracy , fake christianity
      go roast in hell

      July 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Reply
    • kuduson

      you can kill another million of the poor afghani people
      and still the taliban will,be killing you in return
      so get out
      dont waste your time
      to collect body parts
      and urinating on the dead
      and posing dead naked afghani women

      July 8, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Reply
      • jim

        Only the Taliban and their loser friends hiding in caves do what you falsely accuse the NATO Forces of doing.

        August 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • Peace

      my friend, your words have so much hatred and inappropriate. I dont think you represent any religion or faith. I am a christian, but i still love them, Jesus teaches us to love our enemy, so God may reveal His mercy unto them.

      July 9, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Reply
    • harry

      In every religion, a person like Señor Salinas, starts with words of hatred and it grows into such a hatred that the person becomes a fanatic and eventually a terrorist.....here is one in the making and he shall be known as Christian terrorist? What does a terrorist look like? Look around you, any one who has hatred in his heart is a potential terrorist........
      Lord have mercy on all of us. Unfortunately, all such hatred is religion based. Muslims hate Christians, Jews hate Muslims and Christians (Nazis were Christians) and so on. When will it all end? The likes of Señor Salinas and the idiots in Afghanistan etc will be born every minute....

      Unfortunately, we in America are just as uneducated about the world. We do not bother to seek out the facts and reasons behind what is happening and why? And what we can do to correct it? We have spent billions in the war but have done little to educate these people and educate people in America of what we must do to change this.

      The people in Afghanistan and Pakistan and Iraq are uneducated, brain washed by uneducated clergymen into believing erroneous things about their religion. There are no schools to teach them otherwise.

      America should spend the billions on lifting them out of poverty and educating them and you would get rid of the terrorists. I do not believe one can get rid of terrorist by declaring war and killing them......how many terrorists are there? you kill one and 10 more are born. You can declare war against a country but not against an idealogy.

      Let us pray.

      July 10, 2012 at 1:16 am | Reply
    • Thomas

      Just to re-iterate: may Karzai and his god-damned f"ing god allah and his f'ing prophet mohammed all meet to strategize their stay in the abyss called by christians 'hell'. I hate the muslim religion with a passion ... and i hate allah's die-hard evil supporters

      Senior Salinas, this has to be one of the most ignorant things I have ever had the misfortune of having been brought to my attention. It is indicative of one with a small intellect and, to be honest, it angered me. For starters, the Christians, Muslims, and Jews all worship the same god. They just call him something different. To the Muslims and the Jews the Christian messiah, Christ, is nothing more than another prophet. Another fun fact you may or may not know (my money is placed heavily on "may not know") is that our very own Thomas Jefferson, the writer of our Declaration of Independence (I have taken the liberty oof assuming that you know what the Declaration of Independence is, although one can never be too terribly sure when dealing with infantile minds) wrote his own version of the Bible, called "The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth' in which he took out every mention of Christ's divinity. In the Common Tounge of the Simple folk, a language I do not doubt for a second that you are familiar with, in Jefferson's Bible Jesus Christ was not the son of God; he was just a man. Do you hate him too? It is the same thought process, the same line of thinking and rational that you have managed to conjure together by scraping the bottom of the intellectual barrel, that al Qaeda and bin Laden and their host of friends use toward us. Your logic doesn't help. It doesn't solve anything. It only fans the Flames of Hatered and Bigotry and makes our problems worse. In closing, I would like to leave you with a quote from the great Abraham Lincoln. He said, "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." You should have kept quiet for now there is no doubt.

      August 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  28. rohi

    karzai and his government was ,is and will always remain currupt..during the 10 years he didnt do anything for afghan people,but his family.. so cz of this mistake afghanistan d suffer many more years .. unfortunatly :((

    June 27, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Reply
    • Senor Salinas

      i say – mmay karzai burn in hell .. he deserves nothing from the united states except maybe to be toppled by our government and put in a prison forever and ever. I hate this man with a passion, may he and his god allah find each other in the abyss.along with god-damned prophet mohahamed.

      June 27, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  29. joebob

    No USA oversite NO MONEY!

    June 18, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Reply
    • liz

      Let's start with some oversite in all areas in the US.If I had my way I wouldn't let Congressmen into Congress.People who live in glass houses....Congressmen in my opinion have lost credibility and respect.But I do agree at this time -no money anywhere.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Reply
  30. Saleem (Afghan)

    Dana is a stupid. He can go fly a kite.

    He has no right to derail a democratic system. This isn't a dictatorship, you stupid clown.

    June 18, 2012 at 9:52 am | Reply
    • Demi

      No it's a place where grown men sit around like useless slugs and cheer the shooting of an innocent woman...

      FU and all your brave Muslim brothers as well...

      July 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Reply
      • kuduson

        flock u 2

        July 8, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  31. EinZuschauer

    I think the people of Afghanistan are starting to believe that it may be time for a change in leadership.

    June 18, 2012 at 6:48 am | Reply
    • Saleem (Afghan)

      No its the American people who are starting to believe that. Karzai is trying to unite people. Dana is too much of a buffoon to understand that.

      June 18, 2012 at 9:53 am | Reply
    • kuduson

      yes in the US

      July 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Reply
  32. 1bogey

    Karzai should also bar family members from positions in government

    June 13, 2012 at 1:38 am | Reply
    • Saleem (Afghan)

      When is America going to ban the Bush family or Kennedy family?

      June 18, 2012 at 9:56 am | Reply
      • lala

        there's a difference between cronyism/appointing friends/family to positions of power solely on the basis of past allegiance than a political family being elected by the people into office (2000 doesn't count)

        July 9, 2012 at 11:26 am |
      • lala

        and when we do put persons related to us in an office, usually it's a person with the requisite qualifications needed for such an office.

        July 9, 2012 at 11:27 am |
      • Thomas

        To: LaLa
        Regaurding Your Quote: "and when we do put persons related to us in an office, usually it's a person with the requisite qualifications needed for such an office."

        LaLa, I do not intend to bash the Kennedys as I am quite the fan of them, but in what way, other than the fact that he had graduated law school, was Robert Kennedy qualified (on paper as now when looking back it is apparent that he was very well qualified) to hold the position of Attorney General? The man had never tried a case in his life up to that point, and as far as we know hadn't even set foot into a court room.

        August 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  33. sanjosemike

    I can understand Karzai's point. I don't want to let any Congress members into my house either.


    June 7, 2012 at 11:47 am | Reply
    • retrospect

      Wahhhhh!!! Widdle Teabagger doesn't get to go and make a big show acting like he is somebody. The 'baggers need to learn their real importance in this world. They try to tell everybody in this country what to do, so they think they can do it around the world.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:16 am | Reply
  34. Jaimie

    I hear Afghanistan President Karzai has gold cloth lining his pocket and loves it stuffed with USA green. Large denomination only please.

    June 7, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
    • kuduson

      yes they bribe him so that
      he will let them rape and kill
      and smoke his heroin
      mega detox centers for US military returning

      July 8, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  35. Huh?


    You do remember that THIS president did not send the US there, correct?
    You also realize that THIS president did not commit billions of dollars to that war, correct?
    You do realize that the debt you are speaking of began well before November 2008, correct?
    Just checking.

    June 7, 2012 at 10:39 am | Reply
    • knucklecheese

      THIS President sure didn't send us there. He doesn't have the grapes. I seem torecall him campaigning on an all-out surrender and retreat platform. Actions he failed to deliver upon, actually INcreasing our presence (and spending) there instead. Actually, in reality (bong hits not included) this president HAS committed $billions to the conflict (what planet are you on right now?). Just because he wasn't President when it began doesn't mean he had nothing to do with it. (when you look a court records you'll see that he did, actually) It certainly doesn't mean it's OK that he has done NOTHING in four years to even address the core problem and fix it. Failure is failure is failure and we've had several years of it in a row now from both sides of the aisle. The more you sit there with that hook in your mouth buying into one side or the others empty propaganda, the worse off we're all gonna be.

      June 18, 2012 at 9:40 am | Reply
      • lala

        the only thing he didn't agree with was the illegal invasion country without pretext. by the way, only person voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists (AUMF) and that was Barbara Lee out of CA. As for the Iraq authorization you had 133 Nays in the House and 23 Nays in the Senate. See, there's a difference.

        July 9, 2012 at 11:31 am |
      • Thomas

        Are you serious right now??? Did you ever even listen to him talk, or did you just follow the election on Fox News and came on here to tout your stupidity? Our president, Barak Obama, campaigned on getting us out of Iraq, an illegal invasion of a soverign nation. He also campaigned on what he called "the Good War," the Good War being Afghanistan. The man said that he'd increase our presents in Afghanistan. You should probably get your facts straight before you climb down out of your tree and grace us with your knuckle-dragging Neolithic presents.

        August 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
      • expat

        Thomas, apparently it is you who cannot listen.You claim he ran on ending the Iraq war. I hate to break it to you but it was Bush who signed the deal to get the US out at the end of 2011. Obama was negotiating for us to stay longer but the deal fell through.

        August 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
      • expat

        Thomas, you are correct in having Obama increase our presents. We gave Iran a drone, karzai extra money, etc. You may have meant presence. What a neandathal!

        August 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
      • Thomas


        Thomas, apparently it is you who cannot listen.You claim he ran on ending the Iraq war. I hate to break it to you but it was Bush who signed the deal to get the US out at the end of 2011. Obama was negotiating for us to stay longer but the deal fell through.

        August 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm |


        Thomas, you are correct in having Obama increase our presents. We gave Iran a drone, karzai extra money, etc. You may have meant presence. What a neandath

        August 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm |

        To: Expat
        Regarding Comment: "Thomas, apparently it is you who cannot listen.You claim he ran on ending the Iraq war. I hate to break it to you but it was Bush who signed the deal to get the US out at the end of 2011. Obama was negotiating for us to stay longer but the deal fell through."

        I said that he ran on getting us out of Iraq, which is true. He did. I did not, however, say that he was responcible for us leaving. You read too much into what was said. And if you want to split hairs over a simple spelling mistake, "karzai", being a proper noun (you do know what nouns are?) should be "Karzai" and "neandathal", again a proper noun as it is the name of group of people, should also be capitalized. On top of that, there should be an "e" and an "r" after your "d". When done properly, it should look like this: Neanderthal. And while we're critcizing the president over the so-called "presents" you refer to, let us not forget the "presents" that the Reagan administration gave to bin Laden and al Qaeda when they were fighting the Soviets. You know, when our foreign policy was, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend"? The same can be said about Bush I with Iraq. What a Neanderthal!

        August 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
      • expat

        Thomas, grammar Nazi! You forgot that responsible has a s and not a C! Obama ran on a written agreement that Bush signed on leaving Iraq. What was great about that? You failed to respond to the fact that Obama was negotiating to extend our stay. You bring up Reagan and what was done 30 years ago! Not germaine at all. The topic was the war for 9-11 and not the Mujahadein. By the way, I spent the last 4 years in Afghanistan and know more than what you see in the news.

        August 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
      • retrospect

        Hey knuckle(head)cheese! Who got bin-laden.....not your boy! Obama has a lot bigger grapes than you! He actually said he would end the war, not surrender. You have been brainwashed by 'faux' and (drug)rush!

        August 18, 2012 at 9:20 am |
      • expat

        Hey Retrospect, you say big balls got us out of Iraq, hmmm? Why then are there 4,000 soldiers still there? He did not get Bin Laden. It was a team from Jalalabad Air Base, actually the Special Forces Camp inside there that got Bin Laden. Obama never wore the uniform so that says a lot. Clinton could have gotten Bin Laden but chose not to act. So if you wish to blame Bush for Iraq I'd say start with Clinton first.

        August 18, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • thinksome1

      You do remember the 911 attacks, correct? You do remember why we went to war, correct? You do realize this president would have invaded Afganistan as well, correct?

      July 7, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Reply
  36. voodkokk

    As chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee, Rohrabacher said his past scrutiny of the Afghan government and examination of how U.S. funds are spent in the war-torn nation likely played a role in Karzai's displeasure.


    That's why he should have been staring eyeball to eyeball with karzai and let him know that you will not approve any more funding for a crook.

    June 6, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Reply
    • Aarky

      If Rohrabacher was willing to tell the truth, he would admit that most of the dozens of billions of dollars wasted and stolen in Afghanistan wound up in the bank accounts of US Contractors. This man is so arrogant and stupid that he was invited to leave Iraq after he made the observation and suggestion that Iraq should pay the US for the cost of invading and occupation of their country, because we had gotten rid of Saddam Hussein. His selective memory refused to admit that we invaded based on a huge pack of deliberate lies.

      June 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Reply
      • expat

        It sounds good to say most money went to US Contractors. If I were you, I would check the facts before I speak. There are many non US contractors. One is Supreme, a food provider, who was charged by the Army to return $579 million this past January. I am not talking about off-shore companies that are owned by a US one either. One third of the jet fuel comes from Russia and is also provided by a non US company. The jet fuel is also placed in the generators, trucks, etc. Only about 25% of contractors are US citizens and the rest come from other countries like Bosnia, UK, India, Macedonia, Albania, Slovakia, etc.

        July 9, 2012 at 9:17 am |
    • retrospect

      Nahhh! Karzai just doesn't like red-neck tea-baggers!

      August 18, 2012 at 9:33 am | Reply
  37. voodkokk

    Rohrabacher went on to call the mercurial Afghan leader a "corrupt prima donna" in the same interview.

    Nice choice of words.

    June 6, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
    • Senor Salinas

      the truth apparently hurt karzai's emotions ... lol lol lol lol

      June 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Reply
    • retrospect

      Name calling is the retardlican M.O.

      August 18, 2012 at 9:35 am | Reply
  38. voodkokk

    Jokes on the democrats. Rohrabacher is a RINO.

    June 6, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Reply
    • Saleem (Afghan)

      Rohrabacher is a stupid. That is what he is.

      June 18, 2012 at 9:59 am | Reply
  39. voodkokk

    Karzai is a joke and a crook. What they should do is send Rohrabacher over with orders to arrest him and bring him to GITMO.

    June 6, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Reply
    • TXCinderella

      As soon as we leave that area the Taliban will come in and take over anyway. Karzai's days are numbered.

      June 7, 2012 at 10:21 am | Reply
      • Saleem (Afghan)

        Won't happen!

        June 18, 2012 at 9:59 am |
      • expat

        Taliban will take over in the east like Maamu and Ghosta and Ghazni and Iran will come in from the west. karzai is finished and will probably live in Dubai, Qatar or UK.

        July 9, 2012 at 9:20 am |
    • retrospect

      If he would go to Afganistan, the tea-bagger would really be in hot water!

      August 18, 2012 at 9:37 am | Reply
  40. eg

    good one

    May 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
    • aaalexander

      I say – -we leave Afganiastan and let them suffer with their own problems. We are throwing away money on these
      countries. How do we know what money LOANED to them is being used for !!!! We can use it to pay off the debt
      this president has caused us.

      May 29, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Reply
      • Irfan Haqqee

        US Government can only afford have a relationship with corrupt leaders when it comes to dealing with underdeveloped countries. Non-corrupt leaders cannot be bought and as such cannot do what US government would like them to do. The reason – the relationship is based solely on American national interest.

        June 17, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
      • Johnross1968

        your right, if by 'this president' you are referring to Bush. Clinton left this country in Great shape. But he had a little 'oral fun' so we had to bash him.
        Personally if I had to choose between Obama, Bush, and Clinton....Id say get rid of the 2 term limit for now and get Clinton back in office, the economy needs it.

        June 18, 2012 at 7:40 am |
      • retrospect

        Yeah.....leave after 10 years of blowing up the whole country. Leave them without power, water, etc. We blew it up, we have the RESPONSIBILITY to fix it!(....and NOT tell them what to do in their OWN country!)How would you 'baggers like other countries to tell us to get national healthcare(like the rest of the world)? It goes both ways!

        August 18, 2012 at 9:45 am |
      • retrospect

        Uhhh, aaalexander(I guess the two extra 'a's stand for 'alcoholics anonymous').....it's NOT their own problems. We blew the place up, remember?

        August 18, 2012 at 9:48 am |
  41. Hamayun

    Well ! Rorabacher, if Karzai' government is corrupt it is because of people whom you support (Dostam, Mohaqiq, Masoud etc). Most of the ministers, governors, and other high ranking officials of Karzai's government belong to these people and they are the root cause of corruption in our country. They are not only corrupt but also warlords who committed many crimes against humanity, you may remember the civil war of 1990s. If Karzai' had a free hand to appoint honest people in high ranking positions, the government wouldn't be so corrupt now. Please, please do not support these corrupt people, who are most hated by Afghan people.

    May 26, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Reply
  42. jjb

    Things have gone so well over there with the whole Iraq/ Afghan wars
    so the liberals were right
    now if we can get "war supporters" (i know sounds stupid) to admit it we'd be better set up in the future for no wars.
    no comments please...you said it ten years ago, we heard....

    May 25, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      So your suggesting that we should have done nothing after 9/11. Just let them kill thousands of innocent lives and then just shrug it off like nothing happened. Thats the most ignorant thing ever. If it had happened while Clinton was in office he would've gone to war as well.

      July 9, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Reply
      • Senor Salinas

        I think we have gotten enough eyes for the eyes that were taken away from us ... let's get out of Afghanistan now. Enough revenge already .. more of our troops are dying than people killed on 911. It is getting insane.

        July 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  43. Chuck

    Rohrbach wants a more decentralized government because it's easier for the US to control and corrupt that situation. Much easier to control the opium profits. Who is the US to point out corruption in other countries when it's rampant at all levels in this country. Rohrbach needs to just shut up and quit making the diplomatic situation worse.

    May 23, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Reply
    • will

      A rep tha thinks like a lib.....how rare!

      May 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  44. Curt

    Was Rep. Rohrabacher talking about the U.S. gov't when he said corrupt and incompetent? Lets think about this, we have a do nothing congress and all our elected officials accept millions of dollars in campaign contributions to ensure they vote the way their contributors want. Lets not be so critical of other countries when we have enough problems of our own.

    May 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Reply
    • Richp

      Well, you are half right, we have a do nothing Senate also which is the other third of the problem. Most people here either consciously or unconsciously compare Afghanistan to here in the US. Nothing could be further from the truth. The entire country is made up of tribes, both fixed and nomadic, many of which don't even speak the same language. A strong central government, whats in it for them ? centralized corruption is about all. Reminds me of Russian unit I worked with on a deployment, infantry company, 8 different languages. Our SF teams worked well because they would live and work with a tribe for months, then it would go south when their tour was up and replacements started cycling in and trust would have to be earned all over again. As far as 'appointed' authority in Afghanistan, not going to happen.

      May 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Reply
    • thinksome1

      Yeah, its sad isn't it? I remember when only the unions were allowed to buy the politicians. Sigh! The good ole days.

      July 7, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  45. bob

    Dana is an idiot. Nothing more.

    May 23, 2012 at 10:10 am | Reply
    • alumette

      He may look good to his peers in the US, but he is not fooling anyone else. Good for Karzai. For once, I see it his way. Keep this fool out of your country. You have enough problems already.

      May 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Reply
      • Anis mohiuddin, Kolkata

        Idiot? Erroneous opinion. Rogue is apt.

        May 28, 2012 at 10:43 am |
  46. Papabear

    Come on Karzai, take em and keep em. We don't want them back. Useless people on government welfare!

    May 23, 2012 at 9:41 am | Reply
  47. Faisal Pakteen

    @ Ahmad, hum, meeting with the people are supporting the federal system, who are willing to create further gap and space among the Afghans and at the end work for the division of Afghanistan is not something on which an Afghan should support a foreigner. Rorabacher supports Dostum, Zia and Mohaqqeq, whom apart from being corrupt are known as traitors while he has problems with Karzai?
    which kind of support with the Brave Affghans is that?

    May 23, 2012 at 2:25 am | Reply
    • Saleem (Afghan)

      Unfortunately this point is impossible to be understood by Rohrabacher's pea-sized brain.

      June 18, 2012 at 10:03 am | Reply
  48. Ahmad

    I am Afghan and I support Dana to the fullest ! He is the only American who knows about Afghanistan since the 1980s ! He did not say there should be an Decentrilzed system the Opposition groups in Afghanistan said it and he said he supports it ! If the people of Afghanistan want a Decentralized system then why is Karzai blaming Dana ? You all should research about the Berlin Metting of Dana with the Opposition group the National Front of Afghanistan.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:15 am | Reply
    • Richp

      Karzi wants central control, more graft that way and control of resources and power. We are having the same problem here in the US as our federal govt continues to consolidate it's power and control to more and more local levels, pretty soon TSA will be controlling bus stops and train stations.

      May 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Reply
      • Senor Salinas

        to hell with the afghanistan government, our troops should be pulled out of there immediatedly. Not another cent should be sent to those pig muslims.

        June 17, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • Saleem (Afghan)

      You are not an Afghan. If you were you would know that Rohrabacher's proposal further divides Afghan society. The people Rohrabacher back are the most corrupt of all in Afghanistan. Even though I am not a fan of Karzai. He has done a much better job.

      June 18, 2012 at 10:05 am | Reply
      • thinksome1

        Saleem, have you been or are you currently in Afganistan?

        July 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  49. John Galt

    Google Gary Johnson.

    May 22, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Reply
  50. DJ Reality

    Hey let's not let any Americans into Afghanistan.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Reply
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