“In May [17, 2002], Senator Joseph Biden [D-DE] warned, ‘America has replaced the Taliban with the warlords. Warlords are still on the US payroll but that hasn’t bought a cessation of violence. Not only is the US failing to rein in the warlords, we are actually making them the centerpiece of our strategy.’ ”

 – Ahmed Rashid, Descent Into Chaos, Page 134