Today, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) sent a letter to former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, responding to his claim that foreigners were not involved in shaping the current Afghan constitution and criticism of his role in it was unfounded. On May 22nd, Congressman Rohrabacher was interviewed on CNN regarding President Hamid Karzai's refusal to allow him to enter Afghanistan. During that discussion, Rep. Rohrabacher stated his support for ethnic groups in Afghanistan who desire to reform the constitution, which Khalilzad helped to craft, might be an explanation for President Karzai's denial of Rep. Rohrabacher's entry to Afghanistan. This prompted Khalilzad to send Rep. Rohrabacher a letter on May 25th rebuking the claim that he, Khalilzad, and other foreigners had influenced parts of the Afghan constitution.
"It is clear foreigners had a large hand is crafting many of the ideas and words that are in the current Afghan constitution," says Rohrabacher. "It is also clear that Ambassador Khalilzad was one of those people. In fact, he was a major supporter of Karzai and pushed him forward as the leader of the new Afghan government. Perhaps that is why he is now defending President Karzai and the current failed constitution which clearly runs counter to the decentralized political history of Afghanistan."