"There was a period where the waters got roiled. What I will say categorically... that period ended."
- US envoy Richard Holbrooke, falling into line
"Afghanistan is a close friend and ally and of course I highly respect President Karzai in that capacity.”
- Karl Eikenberry, US ambassador to Kabul, author of “a scathing memo that questioned Karzai's reliability as a partner,” falling into line