Friday, April 16, 2004

THE SATURDAY PROFILE! The New York Times' Amy Waldman exposes the man behind the curtain--American ambassador to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad--in a sympathetic profile, which particularly highlights Khalilzad's close friendship with Karzai. From what I know, they've known each other for a long time. They both attended (and apparently, acquainted at) the American University in Beirut. It was only after Taliban-agents murdered Abdul Ahad Karzai, Hamid Karzai's father, that Khalilzad stopped writing editorials in which he arguing that America should give the Taliban a chance. Soon after that, he also stepped down from Unocal's advisory board.

UPDATE: Here's a Khalilzad profile from Washington Post, dated November 21st, 2001. The first graf:

Four years ago at a luxury Houston hotel, oil company adviser Zalmay Khalilzad was chatting pleasantly over dinner with leaders of Afghanistan's Taliban regime about their shared enthusiasm for a proposed multibillion-dollar pipeline deal.
Ah, yes. Unocal vice-president Marty Miller had arranged for Khalilzad to meet Taliban representatives at the Four Seasons Hotel in Houston. They discussed the pipeline, but soon thereafter, he opened a debate with Taliban information minister, Amir Khan Mutaqqi, over what the Qu'ran said on the treatment of women.

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