From British daily The Independent:
Bush’s former Iraq ambassador to seek Afghan presidency
With Hamid Karzai seen as ineffective, many people are looking to someone with serious influence in Washington
By Kim Sengupta in Kabul
Sunday, 8 June 2008
In his time, he has been President George Bush’s point man in Baghdad, Kabul and the UN, as well as a lobbyist for both the Taliban and international oil companies. Now Zalmay Khalilzad is preparing to run for the presidency of his native Afghanistan.
Representatives of Mr Khalilzad, currently US ambassador to the UN, have discreetly sounded out various factions to ascertain his chances in the election scheduled for 2009. Although the incumbent, Hamid Karzai, is expected to run again, he is increasingly unpopular at home while his Western backers see him as ineffectual against the Taliban.
So, a United States national and Bush administration official as president of supposedly sovereign Afghanistan? How much more effective than Karzai “against the Taliban” will he, ex Taliban lobbyist, really be?
One oil company Khalilzad worked for was Unocal, trying to have a gas pipeline through Afghanistan.