US suspects Karzai manic depressive: Report

US intelligence suspects Afghan President Hamid Karzai has received treatment for manic depression, contributing to the uneasy US ties with him, a new book by legendary reporter Bob Woodward says.

Last Updated: Sep 23, 2010, 00:03 AM IST

Washington: US intelligence suspects Afghan
President Hamid Karzai has received treatment for manic
depression, contributing to the uneasy US ties with him, a new
book by legendary reporter Bob Woodward says.

"He`s on his meds, he`s off his meds," the US ambassador
to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry, is quoted as saying in the
new book "Obama`s Wars," according to a pre-release account
Monday in The Washington Post.
The paper added that according to US intelligence reports
Karzai has been diagnosed with manic depression.

President Barack Obama`s administration has had a shaky
relationship with Karzai, publicly challenging him last year
over allegations of corruption and vote-rigging.

The public criticism has stung Karzai, who has raised
eyebrows in Western capitals by accusing foreigners of rigging
the election and speaking of the possibility that he would
switch to the Taliban.

Eikenberry, formerly the top US commander in Afghanistan,
is known to have doubts about Karzai. In a diplomatic cable
leaked last year, Eikenberry said Karzai was "not an adequate
strategic partner" and questioned the strategy of boosting US
troops.
Obama ultimately decided late last year to order another
30,000 troops to Afghanistan, but also to set a goal of
mid-2011 to begin handing over security to local forces.

Woodward`s book outlined fierce divisions between the
White House and the Pentagon, with the military pushing for
more troops once the young president took over last year.

Peter Galbraith, a former UN envoy in Afghanistan who was
sacked last year after alleging election fraud, last year also
raised questions about Karzai`s mental stability.

PTI