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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Shocker...! Afghans to participate in a major U.S. policy review of Afghanistan...!


Afghanistan will send a team to the US to take part in a major policy review of the region, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has announced.

In a joint news conference with the new US envoy in the region, Richard Holbrooke, Mr Karzai said he was "very thankful" to be involved in the talks.

In recent weeks US officials have been critical of Mr Karzai's leadership.

US President Barack Obama, who regards Afghanistan as a priority, accused his government of being "very detached".

The BBC's Martin Patience, in Kabul, says Mr Karzai and Mr Holbrooke appeared keen to smooth over any apparent discord at the news conference on Sunday.

But our correspondent says it is widely thought that Mr Karzai is no longer popular in the White House - and it may take more than a news conference to change that perception.

ok, look... i'm sitting right here in kabul reading this slightly breathless bbc story about afghans ACTUALLY BEING INVOLVED in talks involving THEIR OWN FRIGGIN' COUNTRY...! WTF...!! the truly breathless news would be that they WOULDN'T...! on this, my first full day back in afghanistan on my third extended visit, i have had at least three conversations with afghans about the fact that, gosh and golly, it's THEIR GODDAM COUNTRY and that folks like me SHOULD BE HERE TO HELP THEM FIGURE HOW TO RUN IT THEMSELVES, not TELLING THEM WHAT TO DO AS THOUGH THEY SOMEHOW WORK FOR US...! goddamit, goddamit, goddamit...! the u.s. needs to pull its head out of its ass on this issue once and for all... WE DON'T RUN THE WORLD...!

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