Cracks in the Alliance: Afghan PM Karzai criticises UK forces

Ah, the puppet speaks again:

Downing Street has hit back at claims by Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the arrival of British troops made security in his country worse.

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The Times said Mr Karzai, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, told a group of journalists that “there was one part of the country where we suffered after the arrival of the British forces”, referring to Helmand.

Downing Street has hit back at claims by Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the arrival of British troops made security in his country worse.

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The Times said Mr Karzai, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, told a group of journalists that “there was one part of the country where we suffered after the arrival of the British forces”, referring to Helmand.

He said the mistake was allowing the US and the UK to replace the province’s sitting governor.

“Before that we were fully in charge of Helmand. When our governor was there, we were fully in charge. They came and said, ‘Your governor is no good.’

“I said ‘All right, do we have a replacement for this governor; do you have enough forces?'” Mr Karzai said.

“Both the American and the British forces guaranteed to me they knew what they were doing and I made the mistake of listening to them. And when they came in, the Taleban came.”

He said the mistake was allowing the US and the UK to replace the province’s sitting governor.

“Before that we were fully in charge of Helmand. When our governor was there, we were fully in charge. They came and said, ‘Your governor is no good.’

“I said ‘All right, do we have a replacement for this governor; do you have enough forces?'” Mr Karzai said.

“Both the American and the British forces guaranteed to me they knew what they were doing and I made the mistake of listening to them. And when they came in, the Taleban came.”

It’s said that he fears Paddy Ashdown.

He’s not alone.

Someone claiming to be a “liberal” and a “democrat” who acts as both a lord and a colonial governor is scary to me.

Could the fact “Lord” (he didn’t buy his) Ashdown is to act as Nato’s man in Afghanistan be the reason the Illiberal Undemocrats think the Afghan occupation is the good war?

Anyhow – what the hell is the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation doing in Afghanistan? What is it doing at all? the Cold War ended almost two decades ago…

Didn’t it?

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