What Happened in Kabul?

What does it mean when militants (we won’t credit the Taliban entirely, as there is plenty of militancy to go around) launched a major attack in the center of Kabul? A suicide bomb exploded outside the Central Bank. Another explosion left the luxury Serena Hotel on fire, and gunfights erupted at a five-story shopping mall 50 yards from the presidential palace.

Karzai was swearing in members of his cabinet at the time, which – as security consultant and author Bob Shepherd explains – was not insignificant.