Comebacks

Bush's Man to Run Afghanistan?

What’s that about former Bush officials not being able to find jobs? Zalmay Khalilzad, Bush’s ambassador to the United Nations, “could assume a powerful, unelected position inside the Afghan government under a plan he is discussing with Hamid Karzai,” according to The New York Times. After missing the deadline to run for president, Khalilzad is in talks with Karzai to be “on a job that the two have described as the chief executive officer of Afghanistan.” Karzai would co-opt a rival, and Khalilzad could help to organize the dysfunctional Afghan government. According to one Obama administration official, Khalilzad would be like “a prime minister, except not prime minster because he wouldn’t be responsible to a parliamentary system.”