February 6, 2014

Karzai's Not-So-Crazy End Game

Fareed Zakaria, Time

The Associated Press

Is Hamid Karzai crazy? on the face of it, the Afghan President has said lots of odd, inflammatory and contradictory things. Over the past year, he has criticized the U.S., wondered whether its presence in Afghanistan has done any good at all, refused to sign an Afghanistan-U.S. security pact and called members of the Taliban his brothers. This week the New York Times revealed that he has been conducting secret negotiations with the Taliban. What can he be thinking?

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TAGGED: Taliban, Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai


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