Ministers in charge of the campaign have been both incompetent and deceitful. Not only have they systematically failed to provide sufficient resources for the fight but they have also lied to the public on an epic scale.
But by far the most sinister aspect of his rule has been the return to the brutal subjugation of women that so notoriously characterised the Taliban.
In an attempt to win back radical Muslims, Karzai recently signed a law which effectively legalises rape within marriage, allows a husband to starve his wife if she refuses him sex, lets rapists pay to avoid being rosecuted and requires women to seek permission from their husbands before they look for work. Full story...