Just yesterday the world's media were celebrating the handover of power from ISAF to Afghan forces.
And what a great story it was! After twelve years of occupation the Afghans are finally stepping out on their own!
Taking over the leadership in their fight with the Talibs!
Then the story comes out that on the very day that NATO/ISAF hand the reins to the Afghans, the US is entering into negotiations in Doha with the Taliban.
Without inviting their bumboy Karzai to the party!
That automatically debunks an entire news-cycle's worth of bullshit about the Afghans taking charge of their own destiny, don't you think?
Karzai certainly thought so.
Which leaves both the pretend handover and the negotiations with the Taliban up in the air for the foreseeable future.
But this impasse won't last long. Karzai is all too well aware of who butters his bread.