Tag: Karzai

Can Petraeus repeat the Iraq story?

A stronger United States President than Barack Obama would have probably given a dressing down to his commander in Afghanistan Stanley McChrystal for his team’s indiscretion in making tendentious remarks to the embedded journalist from Rolling Stone magazine, and then ordered him to get on with his job of “degrading” […]

The Histrionics of US Drug-Controlled Policy

Evgeny KHRUSCHEV (Russia) From plight to blight The US has launched a surreptitious germ warfare against the hard-working drug-farmers – or so claimed the narco-jihadist propaganda when a “mysterious” blight had suddenly struck the “good” part of the opium poppy fields on the eve of the harvest. A shot in […]

Afghan Heroine Flow Channeled to Russia

Alexander BARENTSEV (Russia) According to the Head of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Assistant Secretary of State D. Johnson, the US State Department’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report should reject the idea of opium poppy crop eradication in Afghanistan. The production of narcotics in Afghanistan has […]

Karzai Is the Winner – For the Present

The best outcome of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s visit to Washington has been that US President Barack Obama finally cracked the whip on his AfPak team. When the AfPak special representative Richard Holbrooke turned up at Andrews Airbase at 6.00 am to receive Karzai whom he once not too long […]

Karzai Mobilizes Regional Support

The Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s two-day visit to New Delhi on April 26 helped underscore that the strategic relationship between the two neighboring countries is much more than a sideshow of their troubled ties with Pakistan. Not once did the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or the visiting dignitary care […]

Afghanistan After Obama Visit

Najmuddin A. SHAIKH (Pakistan) Buoyed by his domestic triumph – the passage of the Healthcare Bill – and the conclusion of the new START treaty with Russia- marking a substantial advance towards his oft touted goal of a Nuclear weapon free world President Obama arrived in Kabul on a previously […]