Karzai also is looking for Obama to endorse a peace plan that carries a politically risky element: Reconciling with some of the Taliban's leaders. To date, the administration has been cool to the idea. With the Afghanistan war is already unpopular at home, many Americans are likely to be further dismayed at the thought of making amends with figures who killed hundreds of U.S. troops.
Karzai understands, at the end of the day, that the only way to bring peace to Afghanistan (and secure his own personal safety) is to cut a deal with the Taliban.
If in fact Obama has any shred of horse-sense, he will applaud the plan and work with Karzai to move it forward.
We will, then, hopefully, declare victory, go home, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the rights to installing the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, just as the Bush administration attempted to do with the Afghan government as late as August of 2001.