"He was like the bad boy in 7th grade. You really want to be on his team because it's really fun, and it's kind of transgressive," said Sarah Chayes, who worked in Afghanistan as a foreign policy adviser. "If you're a really good teacher, you want that kid in the class because it adds a really interesting dynamic. But it means you have to be totally on top of him and rein him in."
Washington and Mr. Karzai do not have a good relationship because he has "not provided an attractive alternative to a violent, backward insurgency for the people of his country," she said.