and the administration lays it on thick.
This guy would never have been in power if the U.S. hadn't backed him. (Doubt that? Check out Ahmed Rashid's Descent into Chaos which opens with the author and Karzai sitting around in Pakistan, wondering if 9/11 will get Karzai killed.)
But the Afghanistan war has become such a complete exercise in futility that the administration blows hot and cold with its own guy: sat by while he lost whatever idealism ever motivated his return to his country, observed him steal his recent election in plain view of international monitors, allowed his brother to become a thuggish drug lord (while on the CIA payroll), listened to Karzai threaten to join the Taliban because the U.S. keeps killing Afghan civilians -- and then has to suck up to its own creature because, as the Times describes an expert explaining, "we don’t have an alternative."
Obama's Afghan imperial adventure is out of control ... and skidding down the slippery slope toward absurdity. What was it we are we paying all that money and sending people to die for, Mr. President? I thought you famously didn't go for "dumb wars."