In fact, for all his flaws and the corruption of many of those around him, Hamid Karzai has his strengths and is far from the worst Afghan leader we can imagine. He is not believed to be personally corrupt. He does not run his own death squads. He is the legitimate, popular and democratically elected leader of his country (despite the fraud that occurred in the 2009 presidential elections, which did not change the outcome). He respects the constitution and intends to step down from office in 2014. And Mr. Karzai, a Pashtun, has tried to unite the country ethnically. His top peace negotiators with the Taliban have been Tajik. In various periods his foreign and interior ministers have had Tajik roots, his two current vice presidents are Tajik and Hazara, and his minister of mines is Uzbek.