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Karzai Twice Threatened to Join Taliban

It’s looking like President Obama can rely on Afghan President Hamid Karzai less and less: According to Afghan lawmakers, Karzai threatened twice over the weekend to join the Taliban. "He said that 'if I come under foreign pressure, I might join the Taliban'," said one provincial representative, adding that Karzai threatened to rebrand “rebels” as “resistors” to foreign occupation. Afghanistan will be fixed when its people trust that their president is independent and not a puppet," Karzai told an assembly of tribal leaders. "We have to demonstrate our sovereignty. We have to demonstrate that we are standing up for our values."

April 6, 2010 2:31 AM