Now... for the grit. I think people who have been watching The Rachel Maddow Show get that she is more than just another talking head; she is a avid academic who understands The Situation in the rarest of terms: A liberal who sees the opportunity to develop a technocratic democracy that respects basic human rights, etc., but fully understands how hard (if not impossible) this would be to do.
In this video Maddow comes to terms that the American version of government is nowhere near what Afghans want... or let me just say this: What we think is right is not what Afghans think is right. And the ones who agree (like Karzi) only agree because of self-interest and a long period of waiting tables in NYC.
Afghans are not Americans. I highly recommend watching this video... it is the Realist Argument from the Left, and quite interesting.
Update: Now shocking video in Hebrew... what Bibi really thinks about America.