O'Reilly: Karzai 'Is a Villain Who Should Be Tried For Corruption'
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai today ordered the release of 65 prisoners, some of whom are Taliban fighters who were supposed to be tried for crimes against civilians in their own country.
In tonight’s Talking Points Memo, Bill O’Reilly said that there are 38,000 Americans in Afghanistan and these released terrorists will kill them if they can, but Karzai doesn’t care.
“Karzai is simply a despicable person,” he said.
“The Factor” host said that if he was in charge, he would have special forces deal with the released terrorists “quietly and effectively.”
The U.S. embassy in Kabul issued a statement calling the release “regrettable.”
“What’s really regrettable is how the entire Afghan campaign has fallen apart,” O’Reilly said. “For 13 years, America has tried to stabilize that country, giving Afghans freedom and hope for a better life. Women have been freed from virtual slavery, children are being educated, and Karzai spits in our collective faces.”
The war in Afghanistan has cost U.S. taxpayer about $750 billion so far. More than 2,000 Americans have been killed and nearly 20,000 wounded.
“There comes a point when diplomacy just doesn’t cut it,” O’Reilly said. He noted that Karzai has been lenient on heroin merchants, has overseen the country’s corrupt government and is now endangering the lives of coalition forces. He is supposed to leave office next summer and in the meantime will not sign a security agreement with the U.S.
O’Reilly said that Obama must impose some power in Afghanistan.
“As for Karzai, he’s a villain who should be tried for corruption in The Hague,” he said.