Tagged: Karzai

U.S. talked of replacing Karzai

December 17th, 2009 in International Relations 0 comments

KarzaiA top U.S. diplomat reportedly discussed enlisting the White House in replacing Afghan President Karzai after Karzai’s flawed re-election victory this fall.  But it went no where and the diplomat was fired.  Journalism Professor Nick Mills, author of “Karzai: The Failing American Intervention and the Struggle for Afghanistan,” thinks the diplomat, Peter Galbraith, had the right idea.

“That the UN and the U.S. were so eager to declare Karzai the winner of the election despite his massive vote fraud and Karzai’s tolerance of systemic government corruption mocks the whole notion of what we’re supposed to be fighting for there.”

Conact Nick Mills, 617-353-3492, nmills@bu.edu

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Karzai a "wild card" for U.S. policy

November 3rd, 2009 in International Relations 0 comments

KarzaiAfghan President Karzai’s re-election by default leaves the U.S. in the pre-election dilemma of having to deal with an Afghan government that the people there don’t trust.  Journalism Professor Nick Mills, author of “Karzai: The Failing American Intervention and the Struggle for Afghanistan,” says Karzai has consistently failed to make the tough decisions that would have moved that nation forward.

“I don’t think the American public will support a large escalation of military forces and spending to defend a government that refuses to do its share of the heavy lifting.”

Contact Nick Mills, 617-353-3492, nmills@bu.edu

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Karzai's brother on CIA payroll

October 28th, 2009 in International Relations 0 comments

karzaiIn an diplomatic bombshell, the New York Times reports that Afghan President Karzai’s brother – long a suspect in that nation’s opium trade – is on the CIA’s payroll and has been for years.  Journalism Professor Nick Mills, who came to know the future president in the ’80s when Mills ran BU’s Afghan Media Project, says this explains why there was no “hard evidence” for Karzai to remove his brother from power.

“The hard evidence is all in the CIA’s possession — and obviously Karzai knew it, which further erodes his legitimacy as president.”

Contact Nick Mills, 617-353-3492, nmills@bu.edu

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Karzai's re-election bid

August 17th, 2009 in International Relations, Uncategorized 0 comments

Afghan President Hamid Kazai’s re-election bid will be decided this week.  Polls are predicting a win, but not necessarily with an outright majority to avoid a run-off election with former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah.  Journalism Professor Nick Mills, author of “Karzai: The Failing American Intervention and the Struggle for Afghanistan,” can comment.  He’s know Karzai since the 1980s when Mills ran Boston University’s USIA-funded Afghan Media Project.

Contact Nick Mills, 617-353-3492, nmills@bu.edu

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