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A US 'proconsul' in Afghanistan

When President Hamid Karzai chose to stand up this week to Afghanistan’s most powerful warlord, Defense Minister Marshal Mohammed Fahim, he did so with the confidence that the US-led coalition here would keep the general’s sizable militia in check. As NATO forces stepped up patrols in Kabul, the peaceful announcement of Mr. Karzai’s bold decision to bypass the defense chief as a vice presidential candidate was welcomed by one man in particular: top American officer Lt. Gen. David Barno. “Rejection of violence and the recognition that peaceful changes are executed through the ballot boxes are both marks of an emerging democracy,” General Barno told the Monitor on Wednesday. “Military action of any type is absolutely inappropriate in this evolving and maturing democratic political structure,” he stressed.Full Story

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