Between platters of lamb and rice, Mr. Biden and two other American senators questioned Mr. Karzai about corruption in his government, which, by many estimates, is among the worst in the world. Mr. Karzai assured Mr. Biden and the other senators that there was no corruption at all and that, in any case, it was not his fault.
The senators gaped in astonishment. After 45 minutes, Mr. Biden threw down his napkin and stood up.
“This dinner is over,” Mr. Biden announced,
The government in Kabul is in meltdown and the one in Islamabad adrift. Both Hamid Karzai and Zardari are as unpopular as Bush at his nadir. On his last visit, Joe Biden, then still a senator, set aside his napkin after 45 minutes during a private meal with Karzai and said, "This dinner is over."
it was refreshing to read over the weekend that Vice President Joe Biden cut short a dinner with Karzai, threw his napkin on the table and basically walked out after he'd heard Karzai's usual list of excuses about corruption in his government.