On Karzai's Agenda for US Visit: Complaints
Afghan president has list of demands
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2013 1:47 PM CST
In this May 2, 2012, photo, President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai walk together after they signed a strategic partnership agreement at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

(Newser) – Hamid Karzai will be in DC this week, and the visit sounds like it will be a less-than-pleasant one for President Obama. The Washington Post details the list of complaints Karzai will want to discuss, chief among them Karzai's belief that the US is violating his country's sovereignty as well as fostering corruption by approving contracts with what his spokesman calls "warlords who use the money for their own gains." Karzai also wants full control of the Parwan military prison, a stronger air force, a guarantee of protection from insurgents across the border, and no more US military operations in villages.

Karzai's advisers say he's going public with his demands because he hasn't made any headway in private meetings with US officials. They add that he'll agree to a long-term US presence in his country only if he gets what he wants on at least some of these issues. "The world needs us more than we need them," says his chief of staff. While Karzai is in Washington, he'll speak at George Washington University, where he may discuss his belief that the US and NATO have failed to make Afghanistan more secure and have actually made the situation there worse. In the end, though, Karzai's advisers say a post-2014 US presence is in Afghanistan's best interests, and his leverage in the US is limited.

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Joe_American
Jan 11, 2013 2:08 AM CST
Maybe, We, as Americans should listen to Hamid's requests. Hamid is a valuable asset. Afghanistan is neighbor's with the free world's enemy, the Islamic Republic of Iran. Iran is the mecca of terrorism. If and when our troops leave Afghanistan, we must relocate our brave troops to Tehran. And Turkey, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and several other countries bordering Iran will aid us in toppling the Iranian dictatorship. Iranians will love us. I even foresee Iranian hitting their current leaders with their shoes in the streets of Tehran. AMEN. Even Jesus hates the Iranian government.
Mr_Joshua
Jan 8, 2013 5:24 PM CST
This ungrateful lowlife thief is probably one of the crappiest things that Obama has had to inherit from George's watch. Donald and Rummy and Condi are probably snickering somewhere together about how they dodged a bullet by getting out. All so sad. I read Michener's "Caravan" many years ago as a younger man and it is sad that all that beauty described in the book no longer exists. Anyone here ever seen old photos of Afghanistan during the 50s and 60s ?? It was spectacular.............and relatively secular, albeit held together by puppet governments installed after WWII, but a blissfully lovely country. Seeing the Hindu Kush would definitely make my bucket list. And you can call me..................Mr Joshua
HANKHILL
Jan 8, 2013 2:14 PM CST
hamid karzai is just a corrupt sob like all of the other arab leaders! we should never have gone to affeegenneestan or any other stan in the first place. caliph barak hussein obama and karzai are best of arab friends and both want to destroy america and let the islamists take us over! cbho wants to be a pharaoh!!!!!!!!!!