Former US Official Slams President Karzai

A former senior US official who worked on anti-drug programs in Afghanistan accused President Karzai of playing the US “like a fiddle” and protecting drug lords from being interfered with as they pursued their program of getting drugs out of the country. Thomas Schweich, who until June, was the US State Department co-ordinator for counter-narcotics, said the Afghan president was interfering with anti-drug efforts in Afghanistan. Schweich noted drug production has been soaring since the United States invaded Afghanistan and deposed the Taliban who at that time were actively suppressing drugs. The American charged Karzai’s friends were involved in drugs. “Karzai had Talbian enemies who profited from drugs, but he had even more supporters who did,” claimed Schweich.

Hillary Mann Leverett, a former US National Security official for Afghanistan, told Al Jazeera, the US knew that government officials, including the minister of defense in 2002 were involved in drug trafficking. “When I worked on this issue at the White House in 2001 and 2002, we were made aware, very clearly aware, that the highest government officials, including the minister of defense at the time, were drug traffickers.”

Perhaps, it is time to change our attitude towards drugs and consider alternative approaches such as legalization of this product and placing it under some form of government monopoly. This would end the power of drug lords.