Neither Macnaghten nor Auckland had factored in the possibility that Shah Shuja could be a wimpy shmuck but that was exactly what he turned out to be. Or maybe wimpy shmuck is just what they had wanted, so he could be easily manipulated like a puppet on a string, just the way that the initial Hamid Karzai seemed to behave with the Americans, post-9/11…….

The First Anglo-Afghan War (Part-2) – The occupation