I invite you to identify the absurdity. Wait, let me help:
Through a mutual contact, [former CIA operative Duane R. “Dewey”] Clarridge declined to comment for this post. But his case is fascinating. Like a lot of ex-CIA operatives, he considers his former agency a hidebound, bureaucratic mess that strikes Faustian bargains with untrustworthy proxies like the Karzai brothers. Judging from the Times piece, Clarridge — a pardoned Iran-Contra figure — believes the corrupt Karzais are ultimately going to sell the U.S. out to the Iranians and Pakistanis, and his private intel ring, the Eclipse Group, aims to do something about it.
Faustian bargains with untrustworthy proxies who are ultimately going to sell the US out to the Iranians ain’t what they used to be, I guess.