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The awkwardness made him an easy target for mockery by his staff. And lots of his subordinates resented his exacting demands. I had seen him stop a visiting State Department staffer outside an embassy elevator to grill him about his itinerary back to Washington, upset that he had not chosen cheaper flights to save taxpayer money. He had barred a female diplomat from a meeting at the palace because he felt her pants revealed too much ankle and might be offensive to Afghans. After a riotous embassy Mardi Gras party that ended with smashed liquor bottles and the deputy Turkish ambassador peeing on the wall of the chancery, he banned parties for months.
S. ” With the stakes in the war growing so rapidly, Carney wasn’t the only one worried about the consequences of a fraudulent election. ” From his makeshift office in the election team trailer, he typed out his e-mail to Eikenberry, urging him to warn Karzai, once again, to play fair. “Wholesale electoral fraud risks the very partnership we are embarked on,” Carney wrote. “I believe you should tell him we have good information on attempts by his supporters to engage in fraud with ballot boxes. ” — Each morning, Hamid Karzai awoke in his second-floor bedroom in Palace Number 2, his residence within the presidential complex in downtown Kabul, where he lived with his wife, Zeenat Quraishi, a gynecologist, and their young son, Mirwais.
His decrees created new penalties for rape and child marriage; they established commercial laws about arbitration, corporations, partnerships, mediation. He mandated that schools be built for nomads in all thirty-four provinces. He appointed all of the provincial governors and the district governors below them, the members of the human rights commission. He created a multimillion-dollar discretionary fund for governors and allowed them to form their own militias. He had personal authority over much of the nation’s budget, according to his former intelligence chief, and could choose which villages received foreign aid.
A Kingdom of Their Own by Joshua Partlow