John Bolton: Karzai ‘Will Swing From a Lamppost’

Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 12:03 PM

By Greg McDonald

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton says Afghan President Hamid Karzai will likely end up “swinging from a lamppost” once the Taliban takes over after U.S. forces leave Afghanistan next year.

“I think he'll swing from a lamppost. That's how you end your term in Afghanistan traditionally,” Bolton told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren Tuesday night.

“And for him to push the United States out when you have a president who is already looking for the exit door is a big mistake. Whatever he thinks his domestic upside is, [politically] he's making a big mistake treating the United States this way.”

Bolton was referring to anti-American comments from Karzai, including his recent accusation that the Obama administration was colluding with Taliban insurgents to keep Karzai's government in check.

Karzai has since said his remarks were misconstrued by the media.

But Bolton said it took Karzai “a long time to make that correction.”

“He's playing a very dangerous game,” Bolton continued. “If he thinks that offending the United States is going to be helpful here in Congress where many people now, including a lot of Republicans, are saying, 'We need to get out of Afghanistan sooner rather than later,' he is dooming himself to living with the Taliban.

“And he won't find it pleasant,” Bolton added.

Asked if he believes the Taliban will take over the country again once American troops are gone, Bolton said, “I think the Obama administration's plans are going to bring the Taliban to power sooner rather than later, and the consequences for us and for Afghanistan are going to be devastating.”

“These people have not modified their views [from] most extremists,” he added. “And I think they see in the Arab spring confirmation that Islam is moving in a more radical direction. I hope they're wrong, but that's not the evidence that they see.”

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Obama Broadens Mission in Afghanistan

Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 00:43 AM

President Barack Obama has quietly approved guidelines in recent weeks to allow the Pentagon to target Taliban fighters  . . .

Obamacare Architect Gruber Loses Second Consulting Job

Friday, 21 Nov 2014 22:39 PM

Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, who publicly boasted about the healthcare law’s "lack of transparency" and credited . . .

New Website Tracks Obamacare Insurance Plans and Abortion

Friday, 21 Nov 2014 22:29 PM

Angered by what they term a lack of "transparency" about abortion coverage and Obamacare, two pro-life organizations are . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved