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Mon Apr 23, 2012, 11:48 AM

Dana Rohrabacher, California Rep., Barred From Entering Afghanistan By Hamid Karzai

Source: HuffPo

Dana Rohrabacher, California Rep., Barred From Entering Afghanistan By Hamid Karzai
Max J. Rosenthal
max.rosenthal@huffingtonpost.com
Posted: 04/23/2012 11:26 am


WASHINGTON -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai may not be able to silence his critics in Washington, but he can stop them from entering his country. On Friday, Karzai barred Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) from traveling to Afghanistan with his fellow congressmen. Rohrabacher, a longtime critic of Karzai, called the move a "pretty desperate" attempt to prevent his views from being aired in front of the Afghan people.

"The nature of his own regime is corrupt and he doesn't want anyone to be able to say it," Rohrabacher told The Huffington Post from Qatar, where he was awaiting a flight back to the United States on Monday.

Rohrabacher was scheduled to visit Afghanistan as part of a congressional delegation, which he joined at the last minute when another member of Congress dropped out. But according to Tara Setmayer, Rohrabacher's communications director, Karzai threatened to bar the entire group if the California Republican attempted to make the trip.


Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/23/karzai-bars-dana-rohrabacher-afghanistan_n_1445729.html

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Reply Dana Rohrabacher, California Rep., Barred From Entering Afghanistan By Hamid Karzai (Original post)
Bozita Apr 2012 OP
Archae Apr 2012 #1
Daniel537 Apr 2012 #5
Enrique Apr 2012 #12
madokie Apr 2012 #2
Blue_Tires Apr 2012 #13
former9thward Apr 2012 #15
Blue_Tires Apr 2012 #16
PDJane Apr 2012 #3
aint_no_life_nowhere Apr 2012 #4
totodeinhere Apr 2012 #6
KansDem Apr 2012 #7
bvar22 Apr 2012 #8
WillYourVoteBCounted Apr 2012 #9
Sen. Walter Sobchak Apr 2012 #10
Enrique Apr 2012 #11
ck4829 Apr 2012 #14

Response to Bozita (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2012, 11:52 AM

1. Karzai doesn't want a Taliban supporter in his country.

Rohrabacher voiced support for the Taliban when they seized power in the 1990s, visiting Afghanistan when it came under their control, saying that the Taliban would provide "stability", and eliminate threats to the United States. He also claimed the Taliban "intend to establish a disciplined, moral society". He said he believed complete Taliban control over Afghanistan would be a "positive development", that they were "devout traditionalists, not terrorists or revolutionaries", and that "sensationalist" media coverage of the Taliban's introduction of Sharia law was "nonsense".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dana_Rohrabacher

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Response to Archae (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 23, 2012, 12:12 PM

5. "Traditionalists"? Good fucking grief.

Vote wisely, people.

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Response to Archae (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 23, 2012, 04:37 PM

12. thanks

how could the Huffington Post leave Rohrabacher's surprising background out of the story?

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Response to Bozita (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2012, 11:53 AM

2. Alright Karzai

We don't like the bastard here either

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Response to madokie (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 23, 2012, 04:58 PM

13. He knew once Rohrabacher landed in Kabul

Last edited Tue Apr 24, 2012, 01:21 PM - Edit history (1)

The State Department would void his passport and sing "No givesies-backsies!!"

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #13)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 10:34 AM

15. Wrong country. Tehran is not in Afghanistan. Try again.

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Response to former9thward (Reply #15)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 01:21 PM

16. Since edited...Thanks for the heads up

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Response to Bozita (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2012, 11:56 AM

3. Dana Rohrabacher has no room to point fingers about corruption.

The US congress doesn't even try to hide the corruption anymore, and it is, after all, Karzai's country.

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Response to Bozita (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2012, 12:09 PM

4. Rohrabacher was President Reagan's White House envoy to the Afghan "freedom fighters"

during their war with the Soviets. His job was to make sure they had enough weapons and moral support. Rohrabacher has even recalled meeting a young Osama bin Laden during that time.

http://www.ocweekly.com/2002-09-12/features/rogue-statesman/

Sounds like the Afghans feel Rohrabacher has done enough harm.

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Response to Bozita (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2012, 12:17 PM

6. US to help defend Afghanistan militarily for at least a decade

Washington has pledged in a newly agreed strategic pact to help defend Afghanistan militarily for at least a decade after the country formally takes control of its own security, an Afghan official said Monday.

http://news.yahoo.com/us-defend-afghanistan-decade-drawdown-112505244.html

And the beat goes on.

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Response to Bozita (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2012, 12:28 PM

7. Wasn't it Rohrabacher, a former surfer, who said he wondered...

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Response to Bozita (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2012, 12:44 PM

8. Putting a Face on Evil:


"For example, in the fight over the C-17 military cargo plane, exasperated Pentagon officials repeatedly said they had more than enough at 180 of the aircraft. But Rohrabacher demanded that the generals accept eight more of the planes costing taxpayers an additional $2.2 billion and accused Obama of threatening the survival of the free world by siding with the generals.

Surely coincidentally, Boeing officials--who build the C-17--are longtime campaign contributors to Rohrabacher, who has been known to divert campaign contributions into his personal bank account under a shameless ruse he concocted with his wife, Rhonda.

Rohrabacher also used his HBO appearance to challenge Obama's commitment to honest government, but he forgot to mention his own history of surrounding himself with con artists and a relentless pedophile who targeted middle school boys for sex and romance.

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2012/01/bill_maher_hbo_martin_bashir_rohrabacher.php


I can't vouch for the above blog,
only post it with the caveat that R. Scott Moxley appears to have the right numbers
on this corrupt old hypocrite from California.




You will know them by their WORKS,
not by their excuses.
Solidarity99!
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Response to Bozita (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2012, 01:06 PM

9. How dare the Pres of a country make decisions about his country!

Can't believe he doesnt want even more help/bombs/drones/misery from the US!

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Response to Bozita (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2012, 01:19 PM

10. And at election time...

We never fail to find a weaker candidate, and by all appearances we have found another giant fucking zero this year to run against this drunk slob.

I couldn't have done worse than these assholes did:



We have here the Sarah Palin of Huntington Beach, Basil Marceaux with teeth and a bored .com millionaire.

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Response to Bozita (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2012, 04:31 PM

11. maybe because he likes the Taliban?

http://wonkette.com/470655/congressman-dana-rohrabacher-r-the-taliban-gets-no-respect-from-afghanistan

Here is why mean old Karzai won’t let Dana come surf in Kandahar:


According to a State Department cable released by Wikileaks, Rohrabacher as early as 2003 pushed Karzai to incorporate more warlords into his government, telling the Afghan president that he preferred “a federalist decentralization of power.” The Guardian reports that Rohrabacher “became personal friends with many of the commanders” fighting the Soviet Union in the 1980s.


Did he ever! Here he is in 1996:

The potential rise to power of the Taliban does not alarm Rohrabacher, because the Taliban could provide stability in an area where chaos was creating a real threat to the U.S. Rohrabacher says that under the previous situation Afghanistan was becoming a major source of drugs and a haven for terrorists “an anarchistic state of narco-terrorism.” In contrast, the Taliban leaders have already shown that they intend to establish a disciplined, moral society.

Rohrabacher calls the sensational media reporting of the “harsh” imposition of strict Islamic behavior, with the underlying implication that this somehow threatens the West, “nonsense.” He says the Taliban are devout traditionalists, not terrorists or revolutionaries, and, in contrast to the Iranians, they do not seem intent on exporting their beliefs.


He continued mooning over them just a few months before the 9/11 attacks.

“On April 11, 2001, Rohrabacher traveled with Saffuri and others from Washington, D.C. to meet in Qatar with Taliban leader Mullah Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil. The regime that was protecting bin Laden from U.S. intelligence operations wanted Rohrabacher to help increase U.S. aid to it, at the time already more than $100 million annually. Rohrabacher emerged from those meetings to tell Middle East news media that the meeting had been “frank and open” and that the Taliban leaders were “thoughtful and inquisitive” as well as “flexible.”

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Response to Bozita (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 08:09 AM

14. What you get when you support the Taliban.

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