Okay, he's not really crazy. Odd, sure. And calculating. But things are never so simple, as Radio Free Europe's Jeff Gedmin explains in Foreign Policy:
Yes, Karzai is volatile. His recent outbursts are reckless. There's frustration with him on the Afghan side, too. But maybe it's time for allies to take a breath. One tribal leader told me he couldn't care less about all the chatter about Karzai. "We understand why the United States came here." It would be "a global shame if the Americans lost the big picture and left before finishing what they set out to accomplish."