At least some Soviet officials seem to realize that without Russian troops, the Babrak Karmal government in Afghanistan would quickly fall. According to one report circulating in Moscow, a ranking Soviet official, just back from Kabul, gave a closed lecture at a Moscow institute the other day.He impressed his audience of party officials with his realistic attitude.
When he called for questions, he was asked: "If Soviet troops pulled out, would the Babrak Karmal government remain in office?" "Certainly," he replied. "For about an hour and a half."m