How goes democracy in Afghanistan? The Guardian reports that “the US and its European allies are preparing to plant a high-profile figure in the heart of the Kabul government in a direct challenge to the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai.” The new “prime minister” will bypass Karzai, and the U.S. will further undermine the corrupt central government by diverting money to the provinces. One diplomat says, “Karzai is not delivering. If we are going to support his government, it has to be run properly to ensure the levels of corruption decrease, not increase. The levels of corruption are frightening."