Ex-Envoy Hints at Karzai Drug Problem

Has 'fondness' for 'Afghanistan's most profitable exports'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2010 4:56 PM CDT
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, left.   (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

(Newser) – This might explain some things: A former UN envoy to Afghanistan suggested to MSNBC that Hamid Karzai has a drug problem. "He can be very emotional, act impulsively," said Peter Galbraith. "In fact, some of the palace insiders say that he has a certain fondness for some of Afghanistan’s most profitable exports." He didn't say the words opium or heroin, but the implication was clear.

Asked straight out if Karzai had a substance abuse problem, Galbraith responded, "There are reports to that effect. But whatever the cause is, the reality is that he is — he can be very emotional."

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