Hillary Clinton started today’s meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai with a chuckle over Hermain Cain’s recent Uzbekistan remarks. (The presidential hopeful said that if he was asked about the president of “Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan,” he would answer, “I don't know. Do you know?”) As they began their meeting in Kabul, Clinton noted that Karzai had seen the clip. Karzai said Cain must have been referring to “all the ‘stans” in Central Asia, the AP reports. “All the ‘stans places,” Clinton concurred with a laugh.
“That wasn't right, but anyway, that's how politics are,” Karzai said. They quickly moved on to more serious topics: Clinton demanded Pakistan “must be part of the solution” and up its fight against terrorism, and the AP notes that she used “unusually stern language.” “We intend to push Pakistan very hard,” not just to fight insurgents in its own country, but to help deal with Afghan militants, she said at a joint news conference with Karzai.