Neocon “GodFather” to seek Afghan Presidency

The many faces of Zalmay Khalilzad

Just what the besieged and embattled Afghanistan people need, another oil company flack–UNOCAL–leading their country to further ruin.

Being a member of the Bilderberg Group is also on this man’s resume, as is his part in the “Project for the New American Century,” a neocon and zionist fantasy for controlling the world.

For more Youtube videos on the Bilderberger’s, click here

For a list of Bilderberg attendees at their 2007 meeting in Istanbul, see this article ‘High priests of globalization’ in Istanbul in the Turkish Daily News

ZK is also a member of the New World Order group, CFR.

For more on ZK, this article in Source Watch is a must read, with such comments as these:

Khalilzad is a member of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) and was one of the signers of the January 26, 1998, PNAC Letter sent to President William Jefferson Clinton.

In September 2004, Khalilzad was charged with trying to influence the October 9 Afghan presidential elections. “Several [Afghan presidential] candidates … maintain that the U.S. ambassador and his aides are pushing behind the scenes to ensure a convincing victory by the pro-American incumbent, President Hamid Karzai,” reported the Los Angeles Times. One candidate, Mohammed Mohaqiq, said Khalilzad had asked him and others to withdraw from the race: “They have been doing the same thing with all candidates. That is why all people think that not only Khalilzad is like this, but the whole U.S. government is the same. They all want Karzai — and this election is just a show.”[6]

Khalilzad denied the charges, but the Los Angeles Timesstory noted:[6] “Khalilzad has been nicknamed ‘the Viceroy’ because the influence he wields over the Afghan government reminds some Afghans of the excesses of British colonialism. … Delegates to gatherings that named Karzai interim president in 2002 and ratified Afghanistan’s new Constitution last December also accused the ambassador of interfering, even of paying delegates for their support.”

Zalmay Khalilzad served as an advisor to the giant oil company Unocal during the Taliban rule in Afghanistan. While working for the Cambridge Energy Research Associates in the mid 1990s, Khalilzad conducted risk analyses for Unocal for a proposed 890-mile, $2-billion, 1.9-billion-cubic-feet-per-day natural gas pipeline project which would have extended from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan. In 1997, Khalilzad “joined Unocal officials at a reception for an invited Taliban delegation to Texas.”

ZK also helped found and create the neocon network that is effectively running the US and pushing our nation into war after war, for their Zionist buddies.

A longtime associate of key hardliners and neoconservatives within the Republican Party, Khalilzad’s membership in the U.S. foreign policy elite dates back to the early 1980s, when he was recruited by Paul Wolfowitz to serve on the Reagan administration’s State Department policy planning staff. According to author James Mann, Khalilzad was one of a handful of staffers brought on by Wolfowitz to serve on his staff at this time who would go on to form, “over the following two decades, the heart of a new neoconservative network within the foreign policy bureaucracy.” Other members of Wolfowitz’s staff at the time included I. Lewis Libby.

ZK is buddy-buddy with notorious Iraqi con man Ahmed Chalabi.

So, is ZK, as described by Obama’s foreign policy advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinksi, a “broad-minded pragmatist and insightful strategist?”

Traits which would come in handy managing Afghanistan’s record opium production.

Or, is ZK, as described by foreign policy analyst Anatol Lieven, a disaster in the making?

The people of Afghanistan are about to find out.

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.

Three meetings have been held with opposition groups in recent months to promote Mr Khalilzad, pictured, as a “unifying” candidate in a country where deep divisions have begun to emerge between the Pashtun communities of the south and the Tajiks, Uzbeks and Hazaras of the north.

Mr Khalilzad, a Pashtun, was born in Laghman province in the south-east of the country, but raised in Mazar-i-Sharif in the north. He is on good terms with some former leaders of the Northern Alliance who have split from the Karzai government.

Speculation about the 56-year-old Mr Khalilzad’s political ambitions sparked into life when he gave a TV interview, saying he was placing himself “at the service of the Afghan people”. He was also said to be considering resigning from his post at the UN. The highest-ranking Muslim in the US administration, he was made the effective viceroy of Afghanistan after the 2001 invasion by President Bush before being moved on to Iraq to sort out the mess left by Paul Bremer.

The candidacy of Mr Khalilzad, a Rhodes scholar who has spent most of his adult life in the US and has an American wife, may come as a surprise, but many Afghan commentators say he would enjoy a high degree of support.

“A lot of people in this country feel that things were getting done while he was in charge and have deteriorated since he left,” said Waheed Muzhda, a leading political analyst. “He kept the warlords much more in check, the Taliban had not come back and corruption was nothing like as bad as it is now. His close connection with the US government is actually in his favour. Many see Karzai as a US puppet anyway, so the feeling is, why not have someone who has got some actual influence in Washington, and can do some good for Afghanistan?”

Diplomatic sources agree that Mr Khalilzad seems to be using his UN post to pave the way for a run at the Afghan presidency. He was accused of undermining the prospect of Paddy Ashdown becoming the UN representative in Afghanistan because he didn’t want a heavyweight international figure, controlling a huge budget, as a potential rival.

Greg Bacon