And he has done so very much that is worthy of respect. My favorite was his threat to join the Taliban. But like Islamic supremacists the world over, Karzai demands a respect that is entirely unearned. “Karzai bans congressman from Afghanistan until he ‘shows respect,'” by Carlo Munoz for The Hill, May 21 (thanks to Wimpy):
A House Republican who has been an outspoken critic of Afghanistan’s central government has been banned from entering the country, Afghan president Hamid Karzai said Monday.
Appearing on CNN’s The Situation Room, Karzai was asked if he would allow Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Oversight and Investigations subcommittee, into Afghanistan if the lawmaker requested.
“Definitely not . . . until he changes his stand, shows respect to the Afghan people, to our way of life and to our constitution,” Karzai replied. “It’s is a matter of principle.”
Rohrabacher was denied entry into the country in April when he attempted to visit the country as part of a congressional delegation headed by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas).
Rohrabacher has been severely critical of the Afghanistan government, accusing Karzai of corruption and suggesting significant structural reforms are needed to his government….
“A democratically-elected congressman of the United States of America should not be talking of an ethnic divide in Afghanistan, should not be interfering in Afghanistan’s internal affairs . . . should not be speaking disrespectfully about the Afghan people or the various ethnic groups in Afghanistan,” Karzai said. “If an Afghan did that [about America] how would you react?”…
Why, we’d just cut him a check for a few billion, as we have so often in your case, Karzai.