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.