Advice

Clinton to Karzai: End Corruption

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered a blunt piece of advice to Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday. Clinton said the U.S. was "looking for measures of accountability and transparency that will demonstrate a clear commitment to the kind of government and outcomes the people of Afghanistan deserve," adding that "the corruption issue goes to the heart of whether the people of Afghanistan feel the government is on their side." Clinton declined to comment on reports that the U.S. ambassador to Kabul cabled Washington to express his concerns about deploying more troops to the region due to graft, the widespread practice of using power and position to extort money from others.