Ahmed Wali Karzai, Staying Put
No sooner did the Post speculate about the future of CIA asset/drug-deal facilitator/quasi-warlord/Kandahar official/presidential brother Ahmed Wali Karzai than Dexter Filkins of The New York Times reports that no one is really going to bother trying to oust an unmovable political object. And since that’s the case, Filkins collects a lot of look-on-the-bright-side quotes. Such as:
“I absolutely think he can help us with reintegration,” the NATO officer said, referring to the American-backed program to coax fighters away from the insurgency.
He knows who to talk to!
He is also one of the area’s biggest entrepreneurs, with business and real estate ventures across southern Afghanistan. “One thing, he is a successful businessman,” the senior NATO official said. “He can create jobs.”
I have to tip my hat to the cynicism of that one.