Speaking today on the growing rift with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, White House Press Secretary refused to answer direct questions of whether or not the US still considers Karzai an ally, saying only that “Karzai is the democratically elected leader of Afghanistan.”
"..democratically elected leader of Afghanistan."
One doesn't know whether to laugh or cry at that statement, given the horrendous amount of fraud which took place in this "election" in order to keep Karzai in office.
However, that no one in the US government, apparently, saw this U-turn in Karzai's behavior toward the US and NATO coming does not speak well of the decision-making processes which put him into the leadership role here in the first place.
Karzai could well demand a withdrawal of US and NATO troops way before Afghanistan can be "pacified" to the point where the pipelines can be installed with which to control Eurasian oil, and that's a very scary thought for the people who would, theoretically, have profited from this.