Pelosi: Afghan president has proven to be a corrupt, unreliable partner

Pelosi Afghan president

November 21, 2009 05:28


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"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 … 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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