Thursday, December 17, 2009
U.S. Aide Plotted To Overthrow President Karazi in Afghanistan
The No.2 U.N. Official in Afghanistan said,"the American Peter Galbraith proposed enlisting the White House in a plan to overthrow or replace Afghan President Hamid Karzai according to two senior U.N. Officials. President Karzai became angry when he learned of the plan and was told it was put forth by Mr. Galbraith who had been installed in his position with the strong backing of Richard C. Holbrook, the top American Envoy to Afghanistan. Mr. Holbrook himself had clashed with the Afghan President over the election. Mr. Galbraith abruptly left the country in September and was fired weeks later. Mr. Galbraith has said he believes that he was forced out because he was feuding with his boss, Norwegian aide, Kai Edie the United Nations Official in Afghanistan, over how to respond to what he termed wholesale fraud in the Afghan Presidential Election. He accused Edie of concealing the degree of fraud benefiting Mr. Karzai. Mr. Galbraith said in a interview that he discussed but never actively promoted the idea od persuading Mr. Karzai to leave office. Mr Galbraith's warnings about fraud were largely confirmed in October when the United Nations-backed audit stripped Mr. Karazi of almost 0ne-third of his votes, preventing him a first round victory and forcing him into a runoff. Mr. Karzai was proclaimed the winner of the election last month after his challenger withdrew, saying the runoff would not be fair. Mr. Holbrook said he was unaware of the idea. "And it does not reflect in any way any idea that Secretary Clinton or anyone else in the State Department would have considered,"he said. Mr. Galbraith proposal would begin with a secret mission to Washington,"Mr. Edie wrote last week in a letter responding to critical public report of his work by a International Crisis Group, a research organization."He told me he would first meet with Vice President Biden,"Mr. Edie wrote. "If the Vice President agreed with Mr. Galbraith proposal they would approach President Obama with the plan: President Kazari should be forced to resign as President. "Then a new government would be installed led by former Finance Minister Ali. A. Jalali, both favorites of America officials. But according to a Western Diplomat Mr. Galbraith discussed his plan with Frank Ricciardone, the deputy American ambassador in Kabul. Mr. Ricciardone was subsequently alerted to Mr. Galbraith plan as well by Mr. Edie, the diplomat said. A spokesperson for the American Embassy in Kabul Caitly Hayden, Confirmed that Mr. Galbraith had bought the plan to the U.S. Embassy. she said he was summarily rejected. Finally. we need a investigation by Congress into a plot to overthrow a foreign government. We need to know who was involved in the plot, because if this was the Bush Administration the would be a national "Jihad" about the Executive Branch breaking international laws. The Democrats in the Senate would be calling for the impeachment of President Bush before the sun went down on the East Coast.