Thursday, August 09, 2007

Act 1

In the press on the same day:

"Bush Says Iraqi Leader Shares His View on Iran"

and also:

(original Reuters photo from here)

Act 2

Hamid Karzai on CNN last sunday night, August 5:

KARZAI: We have had reports of the kind you just mentioned. We are looking into these reports. Iran has been a supporter of Afghanistan in the peace process that we have and the fight against terror, and the fight against narcotics in Afghanistan.

Iran has been a participant in the Bonn process. It then has contributed steadily to Afghanistan. We have had very, very good, very, very close relations, thanks in part also to an understanding of the United States in this regard, and an environment of understanding between the two, the Iranian government and the United States government, in Afghanistan.

We will continue to have good relations with Iran. We will continue to resolve issues, if there are any, to arise.

BLITZER: Well, is Iran a problem or a solution as far as you are concerned? Are they helping you or hurting you?

KARZAI: Well, so far Iran has been a helper and a solution."

During a joint press conference together the next day, Bush contradicted Karzai's assessment of his country and its relationship with it's neighbors: "But I would be very cautious about whether or not the Iranian influence there in Afghanistan is a positive force"

(boy it must be tough when even your puppets won't repeat your lies)