March 24, 2014

Ungrateful Karzai sides with Russia on Crimea

Via Fox News, Afghan leader Hamid Karzai has sided with Russia on Crimea.  It may be self-serving out of fear of another Soviet style invasion in light of Putin's aggressive expansionism.  But given everything the United States has done for him, it's ungrateful and an unwarranted response.  Granted, it's not unexpected for Karzai to be completely self-serving.  But how about just shutting up and saying nothing?
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, already at odds with the U.S. over a vital security pact, snubbed western leaders once again by joining the likes of Syria and Venezuela in backing Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Karzai's office released a statement over the weekend saying Afghanistan "respects the free will of the people of Crimea to decide about their own future."

The statement said "we respect the decision the people of Crimea took through a recent referendum that considers Crimea as part of the Russian Federation."

Karzai weighed in on the Ukraine crisis shortly before President Obama flew overseas for meetings with European partners. The Obama administration and European allies have described the Crimea referendum, and Russia's decision to annex the peninsula, as "illegitimate."
I guess that being grateful would be too much to expect.

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