An increasingly erratic Afghan President Hamid Karzai (in photo) claimed that Americans are in Afghanistan to dominate his country and region, and he promised local tribal elders that they would have veto power over coalition military operations in their area. Columnist Thomas Friedman responded: "That is what we're getting for risking thousands of U.S. soldiers and having spent $200 billion already. . . . And once we clear, hold and build Afghanistan for him, he is going to break our hearts."