Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier Obviously Unfamiliar With Middle Eastern Concept Of 'Baksheesh'
"Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier directly told Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai that the governor of Kandahar province should be replaced because he is holding up Canadian development aid, CTV News has learned. "Officials tell me that Maxime Bernier told President Karzai in a meeting that Governor (Asadullah) Khalid should be removed, that he was a corrupt governor and that he was holding up development aid," Robert Fife, CTV's Ottawa bureau chief, told Newsnet on Monday.
Shortly thereafter, the Minister tried to deny that he was interfering in Afghan internal affairs;
"Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier has backed away from comments he made that appeared to call on Afghan President Hamid Karzai to fire the governor of Kandahar. Mr. Bernier made the original comments while speaking to reporters in Kandahar on Monday.
Globe & Mail
Those of us who have been nervous about the Afghan mission since the day it started are not at all surprised to see our overpaid foreign affairs gurus completely out to lunch, once again, on the quicksand we are bogged down in with Afghanistan!