http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/02/AR2010090202266_pf.html Why should this mean anything to you? Because Kabul Bank is the primary funds-holder for Afghan soldiers. While I was there, the big push was to get every Afghan soldier an electronic funds capability to get their monthly pay. Therefore, Karzai is asking the U.S. Treasury to guarantee the pay of Afghan soldiers, more than just Afghan citizens. If Kabul Bank goes under, the next question will be: How will the soldiers get paid? If the soldiers stop getting paid, they will go AWOL. Currently, there is no real punishment for Afghan soldiers who go AWOL, so there is nothing to keep them from running off for not being paid -- except, perhaps, the rifles of their superiors. So that means, if the Afghans are going AWOL because they're not being paid, guess who gets to continue the fighting against insurgents and the Taliban? And guess who may become an insurgent or otherwise ally of the Taliban, because they've lost all trust in their own government?