Hamid Karzai can take comfort as he comes to Washington this week from the fact that Nangahar governor/warlord Gul Agha Shirzai won’t run for the Afghan presidency. Matthew Rosenberg of the Wall Street Journal gets a great quote:

The governor didn’t explain his decision to drop out Saturday, even to his closest associates. He also said he was stepping down as governor, but the president refused to accept his resignation.

"Even his own brothers were cursing him last night," Mr. Pashtoon said Sunday, saying he would no longer work with Mr. Shirzai. "This was the stupidest act I have ever seen. It’s like you were just throwing a chunk of barbecue from your mouth when you were very hungry."

What is this, the Pedernales Valley?