Clinton wants tangible Afghan progress from Karzai
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday urged Afghan President Hamid Karzai to "do better" if he wanted U.S. support, and that included creating a major crimes tribunal and anti-corruption commission, Reuters reported.
"We're going to be doing what we can to create an atmosphere in which the blood and treasure that the United States has committed to Afghanistan can be justified and can produce the kind of results that we're looking for," Clinton said in an interview with ABC News from Singapore.
President Barack Obama is expected in the coming weeks to announce a new strategy for Afghanistan, including sending in up to 40,000 more troops to fight the eight-year-old war.
"Now, we believe that President Karzai and his government can do better. We've delivered that message," Clinton told ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" show.
"Now that the election is finally over, we're looking to see tangible evidence that the government, led by the president but going all the way down to the local level, will be more responsive to the needs of the people, will deliver the services that the people of Afghanistan want," Clinton said.
A central question as Obama debates sending in more troops is whether Karzai can be a credible partner in the war and tackle his government's corruption and mismanagement, which is seen as fueling the Taliban.
Karzai, due to be inaugurated this week after August's fraud-plagued election, has come under pressure from the Obama administration to do a better job if he wants to sustain U.S. support in a war that is increasingly unpopular with the American public.
The United States expected there to be a major crimes tribunal and an anti-corruption commission established by Afghanistan's government, Clinton said.
"There does have to be actions by the government of Afghanistan against those who have taken advantage of the money that has poured into Afghanistan in the last eight years so that we can better track it and we can have actions taken that demonstrate there's no impunity for those who are corrupt," she said.