"Karzai was never really meant for power. The middle son of an influential tribal leader from Kandahar, he was sent to study in India in 1976, where he embraced Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence and, to a certain extent, vegetarianism. (In a country where the powerful eat meat at nearly every meal, Karzai notably limits his consumption — and that of the palace — to three days a week.) When an international conference on Afghanistan appointed Karzai interim President in 2001, it had little to do with his leadership abilities. He was the lowest common denominator, inoffensive in a country plagued by ethnic divisions where few leaders could boast clean hands."
Hamid Karzai says he's in two minds over whether the war was worth it
Unless a so-called Bilateral Security Agreement is reached soon
James Clapper says Hamid Karzai probably won't strike a deal for U.S. troops to stay
The United States says the prisoners could now pose a security threat to Afghan and international troops
The Afghan president reportedly tried to reach a peace deal without the involvement of American and Western allies
Allegations that Afghan President Hamid Karzai's brother worked for the CIA are a reminder of a long list of distinguished and not-so-distinguished assets