“Without Pakistan the Taliban would not be a problem,” the senior karzai adviser says.
Obama administration officials wanted the BSA signed by the end of last year, but karzai has balked.
Preliminary results announced Tuesday gave karzai 41 percent of the votes processed so far, a slight lead over Abdullah.
karzai has tried to win votes and a mandate wherever he can.
karzai, for his part, has now called on NATO to stay in its bases to avoid further tragedies.
On Nov. 2, the Independent Election Commission canceled the runoff and declared karzai the winner.
karzai had to understand that Washington was now going to get serious.
“I think the president has lost his enthusiasm,” says a former cabinet official who knows karzai well.
Ever since then karzai has been pushing Islamabad hard in order to gain access to him.
Instead, the administration pandered to the temperamental karzai, and temporarily sidelined Holbrooke.