Is Karzai Losing It?

By Yul

Remember when Bush put Hamid Karzai in charge of Afghanistan? All anyone could talk about was Hamid’s dashing hats and capes. But today, Karzai reminds me of what Carrie Bradshaw of Sex & the City once called a squirrel:

He’s just a rat in a cuter outfit.

To cut Karzai some slack, the White House has been sending him mixed messages, so it’s no wonder he’s pissed and shooting his mouth off.

First, Obama committed 30,000 more troops to become Taliban cannon fodder. Then, on the night of March 28 with only an hour’s notice, Obama personally dropped in on Karzai for a good 25-minute talking-to.

On April 3, Karzai got everyone’s knickers in a knot by reportedly declaring that if the Afghan people perceive American presence as an invasion, he’d join the Taliban insurgency himself.

Now, even in jest, I can’t imagine Obama ever saying, “If the American people think I ran for president to push a black agenda, I’ll join the KKK.”

That’s crazy talk.

Karzai is also said to harbor delusions that we want to dominate the region, and that he could personally work a deal with the Taliban if only we’d go away.

Has he looked out a window lately? Why would anybody but extremist nut jobs want a piece of Afghanistan?

Karzai accused the West of meddling in the shady election he won last year. (I knew Bush would give us that reputation.) AND he’s been getting chummy with Obama’s other pain in the neck, Iran’s Mahmoud Amadinejahd.

Some people think Karzai has been smoking bad ‘nip and it’s affecting his judgment.

I believe he’s just a garden-variety tin-horn dictator who wants more freedom to be inept and corrupt, but Obama isn’t letting him have it.

But enough of allowing this guy to bite the hands that feed him. Obama needs to rethink our presence in Afghanistan. After 8 years, it high time Karzai started putting his own money where his mouth is.

23 Responses to Is Karzai Losing It?

  1. Krupa says:

    Hi there

    I came across your blog on President Karzai and I’d like to speak to you about your possible participation on a BBC World Service Radio debating programme called World Have Your Say. We are considering debating the current Karzai situation, asking whether he is a friend or foe to the West.

    If you are interested in finding out more please pop me a message with your number and I will be in touch today.

    All the best

  2. Bob says:

    Wow the world is beating a path to your door Yul.

    I don’t think the BBC has ever interviewed a Cat before though??? Well unless you count the “Cat” from Red Dwarf a popular Sci-fi show from a ways back.

    Hope you decide to persue it further

  3. catsworking says:

    Yes, Bob, I am feeling quite proud of my capacity to land Karen in the soup. She just talked to a woman at the BBC show, “World Have Your Say,” and is tentatively scheduled to be a guest in my place if they do indeed decide to go ahead with the topic in the next day or so.

  4. Adele says:

    Zounds, Yul, you’ve landed Karen on the BBC (possibly)! I listen to the BBC news on NPR most days, so I’ve heard World Have Your Say often. Usually, a discussion topic is offered and people are invited to email, text, twitter, or phone in. I can’t wait to see how this works. If this does happen, you have to let us all know when it will be broadcast and most important, how Karen is going to explain that she’s standing in for you. Cheerio and pip-pip!

  5. Zappa says:

    That is exciting news,Yul! I will watch you on BBC (I will be on the sofa napping?bathing,) bursting with pride! This is a historic day for cats in medis!


  6. catsworking says:

    Zappa, I won’t actually BE on the BBC, but since Karen will be talking to them by phone from home, I will be right beside her to cue her, so maybe you’ll hear my meows in the background.

  7. Joanaroo says:

    Cool Beans, Karen and Yul! Love the Beeb! That will be a great step in journalism, Yul! Cats are a voice to be heard! Now, speaking of Karzai, I did like him at first, but what got to me was when he approved that draconian law that Afghan men couldn’t be held for rape charges if they forcibly had sex when their wives said no. I felt like taking his little cap, pulling it over his eyes and kicking his little ass off a mountain. For someone I thought would stabilize the country and modernize it, he’s pulling a Dubya and screwing things up royally!

  8. catsworking says:

    Joanaroo, you are so right. Karzai has not lifted a finger to make life better for girls and women there. Their education doesn’t seem to be even on his to-do list.

    Our government always harps on “democracy” as the answer to everything, because it’s basically a team sport for men. We’d do better to screw democracy, let them have whatever governing structure they want, but push much harder for EQUALITY.

    Countries where the people are kept in ignorance can never be modernized because they don’t know how to cope. But they’re a lot easier to swindle and lie to.

  9. Tuxi says:

    Yes, Yul, and if you want to see an example of democracy NOT working, the USA is a prime example. The health care reform debacle: the bill signed is not single-payer, which most people wanted, the insurance companies bought enough politicians and won, and the Tea Party Princess crackpot is leading her rogue party to harass people and turn the cause of smart, intelligent people back about a thousand years!

  10. catsworking says:

    Tuxi, the governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell (R), just declared April “Confederate History Month.” When people got up in arms because his proclamation made NO mention of slavery, he defended it by saying that the Civil War had very little to do with slavery. HUH? Yeah, tell that to Lincoln.

    Now’s he’s apologized and admitted slavery existed and was heinous. But the last thing this state needed was one MORE excuse to rehash the Civil War.

    Between that and his administration’s stance on gays, it’s like Virginia has its own little redneck Amadinejahd.

  11. Lori says:

    Yul, congrats to you on getting an interview with the BBC. I know Karen is going to fill in for you, with you by her side she will do a great job.
    I saw on the news the other day that Karzai met with Amadinejahd. That must of made President Obama’s blood boil seeing that.

  12. Tuxi says:

    Hi Yul! I read about what your screwball governor did and I thought now all he has to do is send out invitations to the Tea Party and Cross Burning-R.S.V.P. and B.Y.O.H.A.R-Bring Your Own Hood And Robe! How can people have been so dumb to vote this guy in, and how can this guy be so typically Republicanlly Stoopid? Now he needs to go to Texas and he can help those idiots rewrite their textbooks. A******s!

  13. catsworking says:

    Tuxi, Virginia was also the first state to elect a black man governor, Douglas Wilder, and he was such a big hero at that, he briefly tried running for president. Then they made him the first elected mayor of Richmond (that job used to be appointed), and he made a total hash of it and came off looking like a crazy despot. Long story.

    Anyway, McDonnell now has Wilder second-guessing him from the sidelines and criticizing him every step of the way, which is pretty funny to watch. It’s probably the only thing that has kept McDonnell from letting people know that he’s cut eye holes in all the bed sheets in the Governor’s Mansion so he’ll be ready for parties.

  14. Joanaroo says:

    Yes, I remember when he was Governor Wilder and was surprised when his political career nosedived. It must seem weird to see him giving McDonnell hell. I guess though it’s because in so little time he has made a big ass out of himself.

  15. catsworking says:

    Joanaroo, Wilder turned into a total maniac as mayor, costing the city hundreds of thousands in needless expense thanks to his personal vendettas. One night, he tried to throw the Richmond School Board out of their offices in City Hall by having their stuff moved. They ended up right back where they were, but who paid the moving men for all that needless hauling? Richmond taxpayers!

    It was just one thing after another with him until he became such a pest that everybody was glad to see him go. Now he just sits around in his dotage writing op/ed pieces.

  16. MorganLF says:

    Afghanistan is a backward “nation” comprised of a quilt of uneducated Tribal leaders that seethe with hatred for one another, never mind the Americans.

    Centuries of being shackled by a faith that has devolved to value bloodletting and swagger over enlightenment and peaceful co-existence has led to an almost zero literacy rate, no infrastructure, and a savage and ruthless attitude towards women. Making it ripe for radical fanatics.

    Of course the fact that Russia occupied them and left a destabilized nation ripe for takeover by Taliban nuts is a factor we should not forget. We are embroiled in an intractable war that has no clear finish line. What is the value of Afghanistan to the rest of the world?

    Karzai demonstrated his inability to perform on a world stage with his comments, sophisticated political discourse does not exist in that country. Let him join the Taliban what difference will it make? His backward rock throwing, hut living, bloodthirsty, constituents will always be beyond his reach anyway.

    I have no solution, I fear what will happen when we leave as much as I fear the thought of sending more of our own over there. I can however say with all convictions that the STOOPID Republican agenda headed by the de facto American Idiot Dubya Bush has left us in the shit. We had no business invading Iraq…we should have focused on Afghanistan after 9/11 and finished the job; another Bush f’up.

    If you think he was scary watch what happens when that same contingent of right-wing nut Christian conservatives push their High Priestess of hate into office!
    Hmmm…. maybe we are not so different as nations after all. We are a liberty loving, educated, sophisticated, country that has Republicans salivating at the idea of an ignorant religious zealot of questionable character running the show…I’m just sayin’

    PS: Congrats on the BBC, funny how your little blog gets on so much radar!

  17. Adele says:

    Well put, Morgan. Maybe you AND Yul could be interviewed by World Have Your Say.

    Yul, I’m so sorry the BBC didn’t interview Karen on your post, but how does it feel to be known across the pond. All of you kitties have achieved a certain amount of fame, now for Karen’s sake, you need to work on the fortune part.

    P.S. Tell Adele that my sister has already said, “I wonder who that cat will be picking for the Derby.”

  18. catsworking says:

    Morgan, good analysis of the situation in Afghanistan, and the parallel you drew to the rise of Palin was downright brilliant.

    Virginia’s wrestling with a similar situation right now with our incredibly backward-thinking governor. Today’s Richmond Times-Dispatch, a Republican rag to its roots, published a big article speculating on whether Governor McDonnell is dead meat politically after this “Confederate History Month” stink. In office only a few months, he’s already alienated blacks and gays. I guess women will be next. After 2 Democratic governors (Mark Warner and Tim Kaine) they were saying Virginia was being perceived nationally as a Mid-Atlantic state, as opposed to an ignorant Southern backwater. But McDonnell’s clear emphasis on more guns and bigotry is getting us lumped in with Mississippi and the rest of the Deep South again.

    Never underestimate the power of a Republican to quickly unravel years of progress for no good reason on earth.

  19. catsworking says:

    Adele, our Adele has been watching the outcomes of all the qualifying races, looking for her Derby pick. She tells me Eskendereya is looking pretty good after winning the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct by 9 3/4 lengths, but like most women, she hasn’t made up her mind yet.

    Zenyatta did win her 16th race in a row last Friday to remain unbeaten, the race she was supposed to run against Rachel Alexandra.

  20. Joanaroo says:

    I love MorganLF and have seen your comments on other blogs, Morgan! I was going to say your second paragraph sounds like what will happen if the Princess would get in office in 2012. I hope people do not stay in a place of perpetual STOOPID for the next 2 years but I don’t hold out much hope-I think things will get much worse. If I could meet my European ancestors I would kick the ones who came over here in the ass and show them what the promised land has become. Of course they may be rolling in their graves as we speak!

  21. MorganLF says:

    Thanks Joanaroo,

    I have also followed your posts and consider you among the enlightened. It’s refreshing that on this blog space I can speak with a group of people who have not been hijacked by the “Party of No”.

    Palinistas, and her supporters are to be feared they have nothing to do with why my European ancestors came here either.

    Imagine that some “Americans” are rallying around the hate cry of service avoiding cowards with drug histories (Beck & Limbaugh) in support of a woman who is a secessionist; read the history of her husband who avows that after the biblical apocalypse Alaska will be the promised land and access shall only be allowed to the the true believers…

    Dear God is this what my America has come to??

  22. catsworking says:

    Been watching them interview people attending the various tea parties held this past week, and they’re all quick to say they’re not bigots or rednecks. They’re just fine, upstanding, middle-class folks who are mad as hell at government and aren’t going to take it anymore.

    Mad as hell because they exist in an utter vacuum of facts, just so many sponges soaking up the brainless bile spouted by Beck, Palin, and Limbaugh.

    They want to overturn the status quo, but have yet to notice that NONE of their idols has suggested any better solutions, least of all Palin. None of them has a clue where the country should go next — except backward.

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