By Justin Sink - 04/25/12 11:21 PM EDT
Rohrabacher said Clinton told the congressman that she wanted to avoid an international incident in light of recent controversies in the region.
"He basically said that she'd been through many — a lot of mini-crises there in Afghanistan with the burning of the Qurans and our soldiers urinating on these dead bodies and then one of them going crazy and killing civilians and she just felt that another mini-crisis which might erupt because Karzai hated me so much that he would create a crisis and she just thought it would be disruptive to our ability to get her job done," Rohrabacher said.
Afghans have been critical of the American presence in the country after a shooting rampage by an American soldier last month that left more than a dozen civilians dead. Other high-profile incidents, including revelations that troops burned copies of the Quran and urinated on the bodies of slain enemy combatants, have further eroded relations with the Afghans.
Earlier this week, Rohrabacher told Foreign Policy his feud with Karzai went back decades and was rooted in the congressman's call for a decentralized government in the country and skepticism about corruption in Karzai's administration.
"Mr. Karzai is a very wealthy man, and the tooth fairy didn't leave it under his pillow. If we don't do anything, the Taliban will take over that country and Karzai will disappear and emerge in Costa Rica with suitcases filled with money," Karzai told the magazine. "Or even worse, our current government may push Karzai into a coalition government with the Taliban, and that would be a catastrophe and a horrible waste of American lives and resources over the last 10 years."