April 6th, 2010
01:57 PM ET

Gibbs: White House could cancel Karzai visit

An upcoming U.S. visit by Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai could be called off if he continues to make troubling political statements, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.

President Barack Obama invited Karzai to visit Washington on May 12, but Gibbs said subsequent "troubling and untruthful remarks" by the Afghan president have raised questions about the value of such a meeting.

The government will evaluate any further Karzai remarks to determine if the meeting should take place, Gibbs said.

Karzai was re-elected president last year in voting that was marred by irregularities and that required a runoff.

Last Friday, Karzai irritated the Obama administration when he blamed the irregularities on foreigners who want a "puppet government" in Afghanistan.

He further aggravated Washington, his biggest backer, on Sunday when he told a gathering of tribal leaders that the U.S.-led alliance will not move against Taliban fighters in Kandahar "until you say we can."

"I can't speak to why he said those things," Gibbs said. "They're troubling. They are confusing. They've been investigated and found to be untruthful."

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  1. Jeremy

    ...as the entity that was harbouring and protecting the terrorist orginization that attacked us on 9/11 they should be fair game for the us military to target with or without Karzai's approval.

    April 6, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John

    Karzai is switching sides. He is inclining towards Russia and talking anti-America.

    We might lose Afghanistan like we lost Iraq and now Iraq is a friend of Russia.

    April 6, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Norm

    The tribal leaders will give their permission for our attack when they relocate people and weapons out of harms way. Please explain to me again why we're over there dying for these people. This untrustworthy little sell out needs to decide what side he's on. We need to pull out and let him see if he can run his own country amidst the corruption and Opium cartels. This guy is a joke. He wouldn't even be able to open his mouth if the US hadn't put him in power in the first place. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. I demand my taxes stop going to that country at once!!

    April 6, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Charlotte

    Karzai is probably, as any good politician will do, playing to his base. He cannot be trusted but I don't think there is anyone in the Administration who ever thought he actually could be. Before all the whackjobs start posting their drivel on this subject, let's see how it plays out. Clearly, there is more going on – on both sides – than we, or the omniscient Press – know. He knows the Afghans better than we do, and you can be sure that behind the scenes, 'we' know more than the public about what is going on and why. I hereby predict, however, that the midnless, anti-Obama drivel will dominate the comments to this little story. They just don't understand how little they understand.

    April 6, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LacrosseSon

    It's becoming apparent that we won't be able to bring peace to Afghanistan until Karzai and his corrupt government are out of there.

    April 6, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BostonBlue

    Wake Up! We DO NOT HAVE A PARTNER in our efforts to defeat terrorism. Leave that country to its own devises and kick their tale if something bad comes out of the boarders of that country to harm this nation in any way! We really are wasting a stupid amount of money on hopes and promises from that government who is nothing short of being a political arm of the the Taliban. Leave while we still can!

    April 6, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. pdx man

    Dude's been sampling his poppies! It's time to bring our troops home.

    April 6, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dbout

    When campaigning Obama said he could resolve any problem by talking it over, and now his administration is is threatening to cancel a face to face meeting. Seriously? No wonder his approval ratings are tanking. By the time this guy's four years are up, America will not have any allies.

    April 6, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Anon

    America has been a great country and she can reclaim her glory if done the right way. Handling puppets and then being mad at them when they turn is not the right way. The world is to transparent to the truth and news these days.

    April 6, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Anon

    By the way Cancel his visit. He called it himself, he doesnt like our side of the fence, dont comment more than, well he is not sure if he is with us or not, end of story invite revoked.

    April 6, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lakota Thunder 49

    Do you people forget that the 9/11 Mission that attacked New York and DC was launched by Al Qaueda from Afhghanistan? Al Quaeda that was tolerated, supported and harbored by the Taliban? This is war that needed to be fought and where the enemy was. Iraq was Bush's Agenda and a huge, costly distraction from the real battleground. Just as Iran always was and is the real enemy. The puppet master of Hamas, Hezbololah, the Taliban et al. They knew Saddam was a pushover! Missiom Accomplished? The Bushies knew Afghanistan was going to be a long drawn out costly mess that would involve nation-building. Using the Warlords to get Bin Laden at Tora Bora? He could have bought his way out for $100.00, an AK47 and an '87 Toyota pickup! The Taliban brought Afghanistan back into the Stone Age (except for their rockets, Kaliahnikovs and Toyota 4×4 trucks). The Taliban raped, brutalized and suppressed the women. Destroyed the little working infrasturcture that was there. They destroyed art, historical and other treasures that did not belong to them including the ancient monolithic Buddhas that stood for thousands of years. We need to clean out the rats (the Taliban, Al Quaeda and their extremist ilk, the corrupt war lords and their gangs of thugs), and yes destroy the opium poppies. If you can grow poppies you can grow other crops. Karzhai is dead man walking. He's on a tightrope between us and the Extremists. Razors on both sides. It's only a matter of time before one of his enemies gets him. Oh by all means lets get out. Nuke the Mountain strongholds along the Pakistani Border until they GLOW! Make them unihabitable for 1,000 years. Let Allah sort out the ashes.

    April 7, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. Sanity

    For years now the American people have been mislead about the true state of the war in Afghanistan:
    Fact 1 – Karsei's brother is the most corrupt single power broker in Afghanistan,
    Fact 2 – Karsei's brother is working and has been working hand in hand with the drug mafia there (funding the Taliban);
    Fact 3 -it is estimated that 90cents of every dollar goes for bribes for every imaginable task, on a daily basis, at every level of government and social/economic strata in Afghanistan;
    Fact 4 – Afghanistan ranks as third from the bottom in the list of worst governance in the world;
    Fact 5 – the afghan army is filled with Taliban sympathizer's and traitors to the American and coalition soldiers – they (the coalition) don't trust them – and they are incompetent – most can't read or write their native language..
    Fact 6 – Afghan army uniforms are sold in the bazaars of Kabul and other towns all over the country – used by Taliban to kill innocent Afgans

    All these 'facts' are drawn from CNN news articles. video reports on the Web and on cable television – none of them are news to anyone knowledgeable of the disaster taking place there now-

    Withdraw our troops and use remote attacks as if we were starting over and to hell with them all – the 2 billion we save a month can build alot of drones and cruise missiles...

    And we can secure our own borders and deal with the 'other' war in Iraq – a totally different bag of marbles.

    If they want the stone age let them have it,

    Lets face it they have been a hostage state for nearly 2000 years...

    April 7, 2010 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. Amy

    Everyone keeps saying pull out, but I don't think anyone thinks about the consequences for both Afghanistan people (especially the women who suffer there) and us, when Al Queada would be given a chance to re-group and launch another terrorist attack, not in only in the US but Europe as well and all over the non-Muslim world...Obama is walking on eggshells here and no one is giving him enough credit for doing his damn-est to keep our country safe,everyone just wants everything to be perfect well guess what it's called reality and war it's not, so get educated and examine our and their situation first before you open your mouth. However, I do agree that the US should not have a meeting and this guy needs to have a good kick in the butt, he's obviously trying to put on a face to the Taliban to show that he's not 100% with us, well guess what, it's not going to play in his favor.

    April 7, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. Loya

    US please get out soon of that snake pit. Afghanistan has never been one country. It was always a cluster of independent warlords and poppy growers. King Zahir Shah and his ancestors were confined to Kabul for hundreds of years and had not seen more than 10% of its 35 provinces.
    Why America is wasting men money when Karazai is awarding mining contracts to China and talking against US? Is Afghanistan only country in the world where there are terrorists and women being mistreated? Americans themseves have nothing to be proud of looking at its slave history. Lets stay within our shores. Once Middle East Problem is solved, Al Qaida will vanish

    April 7, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. nate

    If the Afghan President does not want us there, leave!

    April 8, 2010 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
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