"The president of Afghanistan has proven to be an unworthy partner," US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in an NPR interview on Friday, referring to the newly re-elected Hamid Karzai.
"We cannot fund a mission where â€¦ whatever civilian investments we want to make - which are so necessary - will be diverted for a corrupt purpose," she said, suggesting that the US may have to review its strategy. "How can we ask the American people to pay a big price in lives and limbs, and also in dollars, if we don't have a connection to a reliable partner?"
Asked whether US President Barack Obama would decide to expand the country's military presence in Afghanistan, Pelosi replied that in a "reflection of their constituents," the Democrats in Congress were not likely to offer strong support "for any big ramp up of troops."
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