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Karzai ‘Histrionics’ Endanger U.S. Support in Congress

Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s accusation that the U.S. is colluding with the Taliban may add to pressure from Congress for a faster U.S. troop withdrawal than President Barack Obama plans, lawmakers said.

“A strong partnership with the U.S. is in his best interest and in Afghanistan’s best interest, and I think he has undermined that to a very unhealthy degree,” Representative Adam Smith of Washington, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said of Karzai in an interview yesterday.