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On my way out of Kandahar City, I had seen American soldiers idling in their mine-resistant armored vehicles at various intersections, their Apache helicopters running slow loops overhead. They would be staying away from the ceremony this morning, in a distant cordon, and I began to think I would miss it, too. The day before, July 12, 2011, I had left my house in Kabul, where I worked as a reporter for The Washington Post, and rushed to the airport when I’d learned that Ahmed Wali Karzai had been shot to death inside his home by one of his closest lieutenants.
S. military commander in Kabul at the time, asked me. “Yeah. You’re damn right. He was our guy. And we wanted him to win. He was a very honorable guy. S. support. The former World Bank official and Columbia University–educated finance minister, Ashraf Ghani, had taken on political operative James Carville as an adviser and was running as the data-driven pragmatic problem solver to Karzai’s heart-on-his-sleeve haplessness. ” Several opposition candidates flew to Washington for Obama’s inauguration, while Karzai was left feeling slighted that he didn’t get invited.
Who even read bombing stories anymore? Kabul City Center. The Finest supermarket. Bakhtar guesthouse. Serena Hotel. Kabul National Military Hospital. ISAF front gate. Indian embassy. Ariana Circle. Microrayon 4. Jalalabad Road. Lebanese Taverna. The British Council. I used to be surprised by how quickly the vendors set up shop and put out their wares after their market was shredded by explosives, or their neighbors, friends, or coworkers killed. After some time in Kabul, the question seemed naïve.
A Kingdom of Their Own by Joshua Partlow