Time in Afghanistan is convincing New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof that U.S. strategy isn't working, and isn't going to work. "We're inadvertently financing our adversaries. We're backing a corrupt government that drives people to the Taliban. And we're more eager to rescue the Afghans than the Afghans are to be rescued," he wrote. To illustrate his third point, he described hearing Afghans suggest that life was better under the Russians than under the Americans. A frustrated Kristof wrote: "The Soviet invasion helped destroy Afghanistan, while American troops these days try hard to be respectful and avoid civilian casualties — and most Afghans acknowledge the difference when they're in a reasonable mood. But after nine years, many Afghans are sick of us. Some actually suggest that America is in league with Osama bin Laden to keep Afghanistan weak and divided."