Can Karzai Be Saved?

During World War II, the corrupt inefficient regime of Chiang Kai-shek resisted efforts by American diplomats to reform his administration in order to win over the people of his country. He refused. During the Vietnam war an inefficient, corrupt series of regimes lost the support of the people and the Viet Cong benefited. Fast forward to 2009 and the corrupt, inefficient regime of President Karzai is losing the support of Afghans and the Taliban are growing in power.

In the recent “democratic election,” Karzai and his buddies blatantly manipulated the results to ensure he won. How does the United States now argue that Karzai “represents the people?” Reality is that Karzai must go and an independent government composed of businessmen, honest politicians and honest military leaders be appointed.