November 12th, 2009
10:09 PM ET

Views of Karzai

President Hamid Karzai was declared the winner of another term in office as Afghanistan's leader on November 9, after his opponent in a planned runoff election withdrew. What stance should the U.S. take in dealing with the Karzai government?

CNN's Fareed Zakaria, author and host of "Fareed Zakaria: GPS," says he knows his opinion is an unpopular one, but the U.S. should stop trashing Karzai and work at security, stability and some form of economic development in Afghanistan. Read Zakaria's Q&A: Stop trashing Karzai and help him govern

On the other hand, Patrick Doherty - co-director of the Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative at the New America Foundation, a think tank that looks for innovative solutions across the political spectrum - thinks that before President Obama releases his strategy for Afghanistan, he should think twice about fully re-embracing Karzai. Read his opinion: Obama can’t count on Karzai

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