Scratching The Media Facade
So after all that (media supported) talk about "free and democratic governments" in Iraq and Afghanistan, you only have to scratch the surface to reveal these are US puppet governments.
Here's how TIME puts it today:
Karzai, whose government's security position remains as precarious as ever, was in no position to resist Washington's demands. As President Bush put it, "We have got influence in Afghanistan, and we are going to use it to remind them that there are universal values."