"Will he be seen as the bridge from three decades of conflict and repression to a more stable and prosperous future? Or will the gains made during his tenure in education and health care and women rights be swept away by a return to a radical, Islamist regime?" he said. "If it's the latter, Karzai and the Afghans lose, and so will the U.S."
The Karzai legacy will be hostage to the events that unfold in the next several years, Mr. Inderfurth said.