Afghan Biographies

Karzai’s endgame: Leading Afghanistan into Chaos


Subject Karzai’s endgame: Leading Afghanistan into Chaos
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The Karzai Government is exposed to a war of attrition in many provinces which are vital for the survival of the Kabul administration. The more foreign troops are withdrawn the higher the losses of the Afghan security forces. Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry says that the number of Afghan police officers killed and injured have increased by 15 percent. 1,800 Afghanistan national police lost their lives this Persian year that is due to end on 2013 March, 20. More than 3,000 forces were also injured in the attacks in the same period.Over 3,600 attacks were carried out against police forces in Afghanistan this year, which is an increase of 13 percent compared to last year. The numbers of nationwide targeted killings of Karzai supporters are growing.
Failing to control the system, lax government decision to implement the rule of law and the insurgents’ overstep are raising as a big challenge to the country since the last more than one decade.
Rampant corruption, injustice and non-implementation of rule of law had fully weakened the system; with President Karzai only for his few team members and fully unaware of the people problems.
The main political opposition parties of the Afghan president Hamid Karzai are in talks with the Taliban and Islamist groups, hoping to broker peace before next year’s exit of international combat troops and a presidential race that will determine Karzai’s successor. The ownership of the peace process has never been and is right now not in Karzai’s hands. Karzai is slowly maneuvering himself into nowhere with unrealistic and populistic statements. He and his cronies are starting to get more and more irrelevant for the political future design of Afghanistan.
This comes as president Hamid Karzai recently accused United States of colluding with the Taliban to keep foreign troops in Afghanistan and has attacked the Taliban for talking to foreigners while killing Afghan civilians in their homeland.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has called Afghan President Hamid Karzai's claim about secret talks between the US and Taliban an "absolutely ridiculous" accusation.
Karzai is desperate because it is getting more and more clear
that NATO and US policy is to basically get out of Afghanistan as fast as possible, leave as few people behind as possible and probably largely try to retain security and some control over the situation through the kind of drone attacks.
Hamid Karzai is playing his last card to regain credit by the Afghan people: Biting the hands that fed him, condemning NATO and US knowing that this will speed up Afghanistan’s descend into chaos.
The first school of thought about Hamid Karzai is getting more and more valid: The first is that he's a vain, incompetent, monumentally corrupt leader with serious mood-disorder problems that require medication. The second is that the President of Afghanistan is a deceptively clever politician who has built a serviceable coalition among Afghanistan's riot of tribes and factions — which requires a certain amount of skill and, shall we say, lubrication — and a deft public figure who knows how to balance his dependence on the U.S. military against his public increasing frustration with an endless war. But beginning in 2010, the notion of Hamid Karzai as a solid, legitimate Afghan leader died a slow, wasting death. Perhaps it's time to get rid of Hamid Karzai because there is no need for him anymore. He seems to be more and more an obstacle for peace in Afghanistan.

Released 2013-03-25