"The reality is failure in Afghanistan would be a huge setback for the United States," Gates said on CNN's State of the Union.
"What's important is whether or not the government of Afghanistan has legitimacy in the eyes of the Afghans," Gates said on CNN. "All of the information that we have available to us today indicates that continues to be the case."
Another memo to SecDef Gates: What you characterize as "failure in Afghanistan" is not a huge setback for the people of the United States: it will be a failure for the oil companies wanting to install pipelines to control Eurasian oi.
And sir, reading that statement about "What's important is whether or not the government of Afghanistan has legitimacy in the eyes of the Afghans." makes me want to either laugh or cry uncontrollably.
The alleged "re-election" of Karzai was a sham, a farce, a slow-mo Kabuki theatre exercise, writ large.
The world knows this, the US knows this, and for damned sure, the Afghan people know it.
This was all about the US and NATO re-instating Karzai, with the sure and certain knowledge that he would be compliant to every US and NATO demand.