The Afghan leaders have been struggling to throw off the impression that they are merely lackeys to the American government or worse. Vice President Joe Biden did not exactly help that image by describing them on Larry King as like children to the American parentage. Biden told Larry King “Daddy is going to start to take the training wheels off in October — I mean in next July, so you’d better practice riding.” That should go over well with the kiddies in Kandahar.
Biden also had a bit of difficulty (understandable difficulty) in answering the question Do you have faith in President Karzai?”
Biden responded “I’ve known President Karzai for a long, long time. I think he’s in a very difficult position,” the vice president said. “You know, we could argue that there could be a stronger leader, but you deal with the hand you’re dealt, as the old saying goes.” Now there is a roaring endorsement.
I do not blame Biden for the second statement because the true answer is that Karzai is an utter disaster and seems better at enriching his family than guiding his nation. However, the first statement is quite insulting for any country and the world’s worst thing to say at this time of tension with Afghan officials.