Despite the talk of democracy

Dying to protect a pipeline
The definitive piece of evidence about the real goals in Afghanistan arrived a few weeks ago with the announcement that Afghanistan had signed a major deal to build the pipeline the U.S. has wanted all along. If the reports are accurate, the $8 billion pipeline will go through the southern part of the country — and right through Kandahar.

Combine this with a constitution that put enormous powers in the hands of the president and you have a political structure designed to ensure American dominance.