November 23rd, 2008
10:18 AM ET
12 years ago

Karzai: Obama promises Afghanistan more aid

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Afghan President Hamid Karzai says Barack Obama has promised Afghanistan more aid."]

KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama has assured Afghan President Hamid Karzai the U.S. will send more aid and pay more attention to his war-torn country, according to Karzai's office.

However, Obama aides said the Saturday call did not include specific promises.

Karzai's office said Obama told him the United States was committed to helping the people of Afghanistan and bringing peace and stability to the country.

The Afghan president again congratulated Obama on his election and told him that he hoped his presidency would lead to prosperity for the American people, his office said.

But two aides in Obama's transition office downplayed the significance of the call.

Obama told Karzai he "looked forward to working together on Afghan security after January 20," according to one aide, but the incoming president stressed that "until then there is one president, and it is President Bush."

Obama takes office on January 20.

The incoming administration continues to be careful to show they are not stepping on the White House's toes or making any promises to world leaders.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Jaye

    Give us bin Laden and we'll greatly reward you!!

    November 23, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. PeeWee

    more bombs that is...

    November 23, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. Buckeye

    On January 20, the GM Lordstown plant layoffs off, permanently(?), over 1000 American auto workers. How about some aid here at home to protect Americans against economic terrorism?

    November 23, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Over taxed, over worked

    We need aid here in the U.S. . This is insane, instigate wars and hatred of U.S. and on top of it give them our money........

    November 23, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Br

    Someone stop Mayor Bloomberg from raising the fares on buses and subways ...

    November 23, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. KofTX

    Everyone is so anxious to engage Pres. Obama. The world isn't going to fall apar in 2 months! Then again, after dealing with Bush I don't blame them.

    November 23, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Lois

    Glad to hear we are going to pay more attention to Afghanistan, afterall this is the true batteground for the war on terror.

    November 23, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. A Kickin' Donkey

    This marks the 2nd world leader to try to wrap himself in the cloak of Obama.

    World leaders NEVER wanted to do that with George W. Bush, even BEFORE 9/11/01.

    I laugh at how the Republican National Committee and John McCain tried to lampoon Barack as "The World's biggest Celebrity" as though being widely liked by the world was a bad thing for a U.S. President.

    A Columbia University man like Barack will be more "international" given the geopolitical diversity of the student poplulation. He will use his appeal to move world leaders like Karzi in the directions that benefit the United States. The Republicans could NEVER do that ... and certainly not with warmonger John McCain.

    November 23, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. Penn Voter

    Here we go. Our economy is diving, Obama plans to tax the working and give the money to those that do not pay taxes, he wants to borrow more money from China and then give that to companies that will offshore more jobs to China and now he want to use our taxes to give more money to the Afghanistan?

    November 23, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Texas Teacher

    A new day is dawning. I think the world senses this as well. We have elected a new President who will bring the whole world together, because he is an honest man.... a man who has not been corrupted by money. Perhaps it was his white mother who taught him these principles, or his grandmother... or working with the poor people of Chicago. Or perhaps he is a messenger from the other side, but I sense such goodness in him that I am hopeful.... truly hopeful... that we will see peace on earth in my life time.

    May the Creator Bless Obama and his family and his political choices as well. May the Creator look down on all of us with mercy. Creator, keep Barack Obama safe and give him your strength to carry out his dreams, which are our dreams. God bless the United States of America and the Earth Mother we stand on and all her children.

    Aho, mitakaye Oyacin... all are my relations!

    November 23, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. California Gold

    I'm sure this sort of communication with a President Elect and foreign governments is not unusual. What I detect is Obama's win is cause for us to perhaps dare to see our President as an individual who can be looked up to. I travel abroad frequently and I've grown weary of people laughing at our current President and the inevitable questions about his actions and lack of action (Katrina). You should have seen the great fun foreign media was having with McCain and Palin. Totally cringeworthy.

    November 23, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. Simmy

    This is a President who will make more friends not more enemies!

    He will restore America's respect and dignity worldwide!

    November 23, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. KLEE

    Peace & Stability! It works for us – hopefully it will work for them....A huge challange but a righteous goal!

    I have faith that Obama will work with these war torn countries to the end that is both beneficial to us and, of course, and even more importantly – their country.

    November 23, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. Daniel Cabrera

    Hello everyone;

    Oh! but that should not surprise anyone, right?Course not!,...wait until pres elected Obama takes the helm in Washington,...he-he THEN! IS WHEN WE ARE GOING TO DROP LIKE LEAD DOWN -DOWN TO THE DEEPST ABYS OF FINANCIAL TOTAL OBLITERATION.And then, we become the weak nation as our enemies wanted us to be just like almost magic!

    I Told you Obama is a 'TROJAN HORSE FACTOR' for the downfal of our great country,...nobody want to look hard on this , everybody is like still hypnotized by the 'Obama collective-syndrom' ,...pity!,...we are aproaching the point of no return.

    Not too far in the near future all those COCOZOIDS, who voted for Obama, will wish to have a TIME MACHINE to go back in time and undo what is done.

    Well, sleep well in your illlusions, until the big crack emerges.

    Daniel Cabrera
    Merrillville, Indiana

    November 23, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. Rick

    During the campaign, Obama promised 5 million new jobs. Now that he's elected, he's cut that promise in half. Wonder what his promose to Karzai really means.

    November 23, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Sounds like the Bush administration is trying to drop their failures on Obama otherwise why would Karzai be approaching Obama now knowing he is not the president.

    November 23, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. facts are facts

    The problem is there is not any way to restore stability to a country that has never had stability. Russia couldn't succeed and not likely anyone else can change an area where the bulk of the people likely don't want any change.

    Afghanistan and Iraq are simply just holes in which gobbles up lives and money. Thinking democracy is going to work in areas that don't want it is foolish and it is time these countries were left to their devices.

    November 23, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Before the Bush Administration started "helping" Afghanistan, the internal government there eliminated the opium/heroin trade from being number 1 in the world to non-existent.

    After Bush "helped" Afghanistan get "better" again, Afghanistan, in only 13 months, was once again number 1 in the opium/heroin trade.

    That's the kind of "help" nobody needs!!!

    Obama is already starting to reach out and trying to make the world a better place – not looking for the next business opportunity for Halliburton, KBR or the Carlyle Group!!!

    November 23, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. Marie banderas

    "I" need AID too...along with millions of other Americans..AMERICA 1st..other countries last..AID AMERICA 1st..give us jobs, jobs,jobs, health care, better schools, manufacturing plants, GREEN JOBS, help US 1st...then I could more easily care about what other countries need..many of us are homeless now, jobless now, no health care, and cant even begin to think about having a "merry Christmas"..

    November 23, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. Independent but Leaning

    Oh jeez... so much for lowering my taxes. Who else wants free money from the U.S.???

    November 23, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Nancy from FL

    Figures, he's going to give aid to the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11.

    November 23, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. maurice

    i hope that obama can keep even a 1/4 of his promises. but like any other canidate or polititian not many do.

    November 23, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. Ray Fisher

    Yes, we need to send Karsai more aid in the form of 140,000 American GIs to clean house one last time and leave the smouldering ruins of the Taliban behind. Afterward, we need to build an anti-terror coalition of nations with a plan of " you handle things or we will!!!" This junk about crossing borders, not attacking Mosques, waging a humanitarian war must end. Simply announce a scorched Earth policy where if you live with terrorists you will suffer with terrorists else get out of the way. In addition, we need to coordinate with the world bank to provide employment, business ops and quality of life items rather than the Koran!!! There must be more to life than praying...

    November 23, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. Turn Republican

    You betcha!!!!!

    November 23, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. Lauren

    The heck with Karzai,

    Protect our own borders.

    Stop the illegals from coming into our country and sucking up medical benefits when the women get knocked up and the kids gets a free ride the rest of his or her life.

    Stop sending aide all over the world, put the old flag up on top of the Whitehouse that first flew in Portsmouth NH. Dont tread on me.

    If someone wants aide, we say, US FIRST buddy. What do we get out of the deal?
    And if someone threatens our land, our national security, blast there butts to the next century, and and then say, Ok, who wants to be next?

    Why can we simply tell Karzai, stuff it. We need to fix our own country before we worry about your problems.

    November 23, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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