June 30th, 2010
08:05 AM ET
12 years ago

U.S. attorney general in Afghanistan for meetings

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/30/art.holder2.gi.jpg caption="Attorney General Eric Holder is in Afghanistan."]Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Afghanistan Wednesday for meetings with U.S. and Afghan officials, the Department of Justice said.

Holder is in Afghanistan to foster the development of the nation's justice system, a statement from the department said.

"Fighting corruption and supporting the rule of law in Afghanistan are top priorities for this Administration, and we will continue to assist the Afghan government in creating and sustaining the effective criminal justice system to which the Afghan people are entitled," Holder said.

The meetings in Afghanistan are the first for a U.S. attorney general, according to the department.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    This is a positrive sign. However the government of Afghanistan is corrupt so I'm not sure how the rule of law will apply in this rogue state.

    June 30, 2010 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  2. Alex

    Barack Obama and Eric Holder are the most naive pair of dreamers in the world if they actually believe they have either the influence or power to change hundreds of years of tribal control in Afghanistan. Just ask the Russians who thought they could muscle their way into the country. The only thing the Afghans want is our money to further their dope business. And to think, some actually believe this is leadership? Now there's the joke of the century!

    June 30, 2010 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  3. Ron in California.

    Maybe he'll stay there. One can hope

    June 30, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  4. Fair is Fair

    Wonderful. If things weren't going bad enough in Afghanistan, the dirt bag lawyer buzzards are circling the carcasses.

    June 30, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. Richard wakefield

    Is this a joke? How will he help? Selectively enforce the law? Maybe he can give lessons on how to testify before congressional committees. Or, he can show the folks in Afganistan how to open a criminal investigation during a crisis so the people who are responsible for "fixing" the problem ca, instead, lawyer up and split focus.

    June 30, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  6. Brian in MD

    Talk about wrong man for the job.

    June 30, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  7. Get A Grip

    Holder......another waste of taxpayers money.

    June 30, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. Mark from Louisiana

    What a joke, Holder is one of the most corrupt members of the obama administration which will go down in history as the most corrupt administration in our countries history.

    June 30, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. Angus McDugan

    Looks like Afghanistan is indeed a magnet for extremest.

    June 30, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. snow

    holder should be investigating the corruption in this administration and the US Congress.

    June 30, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  11. Dano

    Call me cynical but given the history of Afghanistan I don't think they'll ever embrace any "rule of law" other than the strong rule the weak. Besides it's not like our own government isn't ripe with corruption too, but instead instead of the strong ruling the weak it's the rich ruling everyone else.

    June 30, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    Good luck with THAT!

    June 30, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. Jeff in Houston

    Why? Another old saying: Never attempt to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and it annoys the pig. But this war is wasting far more than just time.

    June 30, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. Sarah, the baby seal basher

    The people in this country will never change.This isnt Iraq and a money payoff wont do the trick like it did there.Lets cut our losses and save lives and money.

    June 30, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. phoenix86

    Is Holder going there to ensure that the Taliban have appropriate legal representation?

    June 30, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. Holder is crazy

    Holder is tearing our system down, but thinks that he can help a foreign nation?

    June 30, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. Rickster

    Oh good God, get Holder out of there. That guy screws up everything he touches and if he's in Afghanistan he's probably looking for some American soldiers to try to prosecute.

    June 30, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |