RUSH: All right. New York Times today is trying to screw Afghanistan, much as the Kennedy administration attempted to screw South Vietnam. Let me explain this. New York Times story today: ”Brother of Afghan Leader Is Said to Be on CIA. Payroll’ — Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president and a suspected player in the country’s booming illegal opium trade, gets regular payments from the Central Intelligence Agency, and has for much of the past eight years, according to current and former American officials. The agency pays Mr. Karzai for a variety of services, including helping to recruit an Afghan paramilitary force that operates at the CIA’s direction in and around the southern city of Kandahar, Mr. Karzai’s home. The financial ties and close working relationship between the intelligence agency and Mr. Karzai raise significant questions about America’s war strategy, which is currently under review at the White House. … More broadly, some American officials argue that the reliance on Ahmed Wali Karzai, the most powerful figure in a large area of southern Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgency is strongest, undermines the American push to develop an effective central government.’
Now, it is very clear that the New York Times, somebody — this has gotta come from the White House, the Obama administration — is trying to make sure that Karzai loses this runoff election. You know, we got rid of Musharraf. This bunch took care of getting Musharraf out of Pakistan, and Pakistan is collapsing, had to get rid of Musharraf. Now they want to get rid of Karzai by saying his brother is on the CIA payroll. But there are two brothers of Hamid Karzai, Ahmed and Mahmoud, and they have both spoken to Gerald Posner who writes to the Daily Beast, and they have denied everything. There is no way, they say, we’re not being paid by the CIA. This is totally made up. So they are vociferously denying it. I’ll tell you, folks, this has a distinct similarity to what the Democrat administration back in the days did to South Vietnam’s Diem.
Now, I’m sure a lot of you do not know this, and those of you who do, do not remember it. ‘On orders from US President John F. Kennedy, Henry Cabot Lodge, the American ambassador to South Vietnam, refused to meet with Diem. Upon hearing that a coup d’etat was being designed by ARVN generals led by General Duong Van Minh, the United States gave secret assurances to the generals that the US would not interfere. Duong Van Minh and his co-conspirators overthrew the government on November 1, 1963. The coup was very swift. On November 1, 1963, with only the palace guard remaining to defend President Diem and his younger brother, Ngo Dinh Nhu, the generals called the palace offering Diem safe exile out of the country if he surrendered. However, that evening, Diem and his entourage escaped via an underground passage to Cholon, where they were captured the following morning, November 2. The brothers were executed in the back of an armored personnel carrier by Captain Nguyen Van Nhung while en route to the Vietnamese Joint General Staff headquarters.’
Now, the point here, ‘Upon learning of Diem’s ouster and death, Ho Chi Minh is reported to have said, ‘I can scarcely believe the Americans would be so stupid.’ The North Vietnamese Politburo was more explicit, predicting: ‘The consequences of the 1 November coup d’etat will be contrary to the calculations of the US imperialists … Diem was one of the strongest individuals resisting the people and Communism. Everything that could be done in an attempt to crush the revolution was carried out by Diem.’ Now, after Diem’s assassination, which we stood by and let happen because we thought we’d be better off with another guy in there, ‘South Vietnam was unable to establish a stable government and numerous coups took place during the first several years after his death. While the US continued to influence South Vietnam’s government, the assassination bolstered North Vietnamese attempts to characterize the South Vietnamese as supporters of colonialism,’ and it went a long way toward harming the south’s efforts to get the people in the south on their side.
The whole debacle, the same thing is happening. We’re going to throw Afghanistan under the bus, for some reason Karzai is not liked — probably because he’s Bush’s guy — by Obama.