Ahmed Rashid writes how it "does not augur well for either the U.S. or Afghanistan":

[Karzai's]  single overriding aim now is making peace with the Taliban and ending the warand he is convinced it will help resolve all the other problems he faces, such as corruption, bad governance, and the lack of an administration. Karzai’s new outlook is the most dramatic political shift he has undergone in the twenty-six years that I have known him. Although it is partly fuelled by conspiracy theories, it is also based on nine years of ever growing frustration with the West.

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