Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai today (September 23, 2014) blamed the United States for Afghanistan's long war, in a final swipe at the country that helped bring him to power 13 years ago but towards which he has become increasingly bitter, the Reuters website reports.
His farewell speech came days ahead of the swearing in of a new president, Ashraf Ghani, after months of turmoil over a disputed election in a power-sharing deal, yet to be tested, with rival Abdullah Abdullah who will fill the role of chief executive. Karzai said, "One of the reasons Americans did not want peace was because they had their own agenda and objectives," but he did not elaborate.
U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham called Karzai's comments "ungracious and ungrateful."
"It makes me kind of sad. His remarks, which were uncalled for, do a disservice to the American people and dishonor the sacrifices made by Americans here," Cunningham said.