U.S. lacks leverage over Karzai

KarzaiDespite President Obama’s call for Hamid Kazai to crack down on corrupution in Afghanistan, the U.S. apparently has little leverage over the Afghan president.  Journalism Professor Nick Mills, author of “Karzai: The failing American Intervention and the Struggle for Afghanistan,” says without a credible “or else” threat, any demands on Karzai are just “dust in the wind.”

“The huge blunders of the Bush Administration throughout its adventure in Afghanistan have created a no-win scenario for President Obama, and Karzai believes he has the West over a barrel. But I also think Karzai has probably lost control of events.”

Contact Nick Mills, 617-353-3492, nmills@bu.edu

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