Afghanistan

Does Karzai Have a Drug Problem?

Could this help to explain Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s troubling behavior as of late? Peter Galbraith, a former U.N. envoy to Afghanistan, told MSNBC that Karzai “has a certain fondness for some of Afghanistan’s most profitable exports”—presumably a reference to opium or heroin. Pressed for clarification, Galbraith said that “He’s got his own substance-abuse problems. There are reports to that effect.” Karzai raised eyebrows most recently for allegedly threatening to join the Taliban.