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      Tuesday
      Nov302010

      Could Carville’s Losing Candidate Be Next Afghanistan Leader?

      Last year longtime Clinton family adviser James Carville managed the Afghan presidential campaign of Ashraf Ghani, a World Bank economist, who finished with less than three percent of the vote.

      This year, the same Ghani is leading the official Afghan “transition team” to prepare the handover from US to Afghan military forces scheduled for completion in 2014. According to the GlobalPost, Ghani has been scathing against President Hamid Karzai but will be “the point man for transition...at the forefront of the international community’s plans to hasten its exit from Afghanistan by handing over primary responsibility for security to the country’s own forces.”

      According to the recent report by American Progress on the Afghan transition process, 2014 will be the first presidential campaign in what they call the “post Karzai” era.

      Will Carville be back as kingmaker? Ghani says of Carville, “if you understand New Orleans, you understand Afghanistan.”

      Carville has managed or advised on several presidential campaigns by pro-US neo-liberals in Latin America since leaving the Clinton White House years ago.

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      Please explain: Will Carville be back as kingmaker? Ghani says of Carville, “if you understand New Orleans, you understand Afghanistan.” I hate to sound dense, but what is Ghani saying? That Carville = Bush's "Good job, Brownie"? That Ghani is an insufferable bore because even James Carville could not rally any enthusiasm for him?
      Or if Ghani is "leading the official Afghan “transition team” to prepare the handover from US to Afghan military forces scheduled for completion in 2014" is HE the "Brownie" he seems to refer to by bringing in the mention of New Orleans.
      Please clarify.

      Then I must ask, why don't we just get the heck out of Afganistan. If we need a war to do it, I'm sure we can help the South Koreans drum up some business on our other coast. That would allow us to plead "insufficient troop numbers," bring the troops home from the Middle East post haste (no-bid contacts to Halliburton and Bechtel), redeploy them to Korea (no-bid contacts for showers by KRB), increase forces by passing DADT immediately in order to re-enlist all those trained, patriotic soldiers who were given the gay boot, and hire and train every unemployed "breadwinner" as a cargo "pat-downer." We have lots of no-bid mobile homes in which to house them. Oh, right. Who's going to pay for this? The Republicans will give Obama a pass on the no-bids, a maybe on the new hire TSA cargo inspectors (which can be outsourced to Bechtel or KBR after they are up and running), and a pat on the back for playing their kind of chicken.

      December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdrienne Parks

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