Afghan ambassador to United States set up by neocons
By Wayne Madsen
Online Journal Contributing Writer
Sep 22, 2010, 00:21
(WMR) -- U.S.
State Department sources have told WMR that the recently fired ambassador of
Afghanistan to the United States, Said Taleb Jawad was fired by Afghan
President Hamid Karzai, partly on the orders of the Obama administration.
Jawad had been critical of the policy of the US/NATO
Afghanistan commander, General David Petraeus, for reinstituting a policy of
increasing air strikes, which has increased civilian casualties.
Jawad, who served as Afghanistan�s envoy in Washington for
the past seven years, had been a favorite of the neocons for his constant
references to the Taliban being allied with �Al Qaeda,� the phony construct
created by the neocons and CIA as an excuse for America�s war of
aggression against Muslims and other opponents of the United States around the
world. In 2006, Jawad insisted that Osama Bin Laden was hiding in major
Pakistani cities where kidney dialysis was available and not in caves in remote
Pakistan. Morer recently, Jawad criticized President Obama�s July
2011 Afghanistan withdrawal date for U.S, troops.
However, after the Karzai family and government was
cited as responsible for a major financial fraud involving the Kabul Bank
and information leaked out through the opposition that Karzai planned further
election fraud in the parliamentary election held this past weekend, Jawad let
it be known he was not happy with Karzai. Jawad had also pushed for a
coalition government with Karzai�s presidential opponent, Abdullah Abdullah,
after it was revealed that Karzai�s election was fraudulent. Karzai�s outreach
to the Taliban was also criticized by Jawad.
In classical neocon fashion, Jawad suddenly found himself
the subject of a smear campaign using doctored photographs, leaked to the
Afghan web-based media, showing women in sleeveless dresses dancing
and guests drinking alcohol at an alleged Ramadan dinner at the
Afghan embassy in Washington. Jawad said the photographs were faked and that he
was being subjected to a smear campaign. Jawad, who is accredited as the Afghan
ambassador to Brazil and Colombia, was traveling to both countries at the time
of the alleged Ramadan dinner at the Washington embassy. Jawad is also
accredited to Argentina and Mexico. Jawad said there was no such dinner
held at the embassy while he was traveling in Brazil and Colombia.
Amid the furor over the photographs in Afghanistan, Jawad
was fired by Karzai and told to return to Afghanistan. A friend of the
ambassador said that Jawad�s personal safety in Afghanistan could be at stake
but that the likelihood that Jawad would be granted political asylum in the
United States was slim. The friend said, �the United States does not grant
asylum to those from countries considered allies.� However, it looks likely
that the U.S. will grant Jawad and his family residency in the United
States. Jawad was a dual U.S.-Afghan citizen but had to give up his American
citizenship when he accepted the position as Afghan ambassador to the United
States in 2003. Jawad has been told by Kabul to vacate the Washington embassy
by September 22.
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