Here is the Afghan government Obama is supporting, according to Juan Cole, acknowledged expert.
Does the government function? Can it deliver services?
As might be expected, governmental capacity is low, but here are some specifics.
Months after the controversial presidential election that many Afghans consider stolen, there is no cabinet, and parliament is threatening to go on recess before confirming a new one because the president is unconstitutionally late in presenting the names.
There are grave suspicions that some past and present cabinet members have engaged in the embezzlement of substantial sums of money.
There is little parliamentary oversight.
Almost no one bothers to attend the parliamentary sessions.
The cabinet ministries are unable to spend the money allocated to them on things like education and rural development, and actually spent less in absolute terms last year than they did in the previous two years.
Only half of the development projects for which money was allotted were even begun last year, and none was completed.