U.S. Congressmen said Tuesday they are urging Afghan President Hamid Karzai to delay the next parliamentary ballot until electoral reforms are in place or risk American financial support for his government.
Karzai insists the elections must be held in May despite widespread concerns about their credibility, the U.S. legislators said.
Karzai knows that the US and NATO are in too deep to simply walk away, which is why he is pushing for the May elections, no matter how rigged and corrupt they may be, like the transparently fraudulent elections last August.
The US and NATO can talk a good game, but having gone this far with "their man in Kabul", the options here are severely limited, particularly in light of the US "surge" which will happen in Afghanistan very shortly.