August 6, 2007


Bush and Karzai differ over Iran (International Herald Tribune, August 6, 2007)
President George W. Bush and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan found much to agree on during their two-day summit meeting here, with one major exception: the role of Iran in Afghanistan.

Karzai characterized Iran as "a helper and a solution" in a CNN television interview broadcast Sunday. But when the two men greeted reporters here on Monday, Bush pointedly disagreed with Karzai's assessment, saying, "I would be very cautious about whether the Iranian influence in Afghanistan is a positive force." [...]

Karzai acknowledged a resurgent Taliban but said it was not a threat to his government. Karzai is Afghanistan's first democratically elected president.

"We have a long journey ahead of us but what we have traveled so far has given us greater hope for a better future, for a better life," Karzai said at a joint news conference with Bush.
Iran was anti-Taliban before it was cool.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 6, 2007 2:00 PM
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