The US is seeking to extend its control over the day-to-day running of Afghanistan with the appointment of an international "high representative" in Kabul in an attempt to bypass Hamid Karzai's much-criticised government.
The initiative, being pushed by the US special envoy, Richard Holbrooke, has caused a split between Washington and its closest Nato allies, who believe it could further undermine the Afghan president's legitimacy and the United Nations' role in the country.
I'd laugh, but this is deadly serious.
Whoever gets stuck with the job had better well have numerous sets of Kevlar clothing handy, because people who get in Karzai's face can find themselves "assuming room temperature" in a heartbeat.
And a short memo to the US, UN, and NATO; there is absolutely no problem about such a measure further undermining Karzai's legitimacy, because he has none!!