Afghanistan has had puppet leaders before, rulers who served only the interests of foreign occupiers, whether British or Soviet.
And I don't think we can assume that she was some kind of Mitt puppet, since she's now been running the firm for two decades.
Set up a puppet government; then use that regime to do your bidding.
Islamist rebels deride the SNC as a puppet of Western and Gulf powers and say it is not representative of rebel fighters.
In 2006, Israel's Rechov Sumsum added Mahboub, an Arab-Israeli puppet who spoke both languages on the series.
A Controller never did anything directly; their dirty work was done by someone else—a puppet under their mental control.
She would be of age in a day or two, no longer the puppet of her father's will.
In these latter careful etchings the power of Cruikshank to inform a puppet with life, and keep it wooden still, is conspicuous.
I am called Pharaoh, yet am but her puppet to carry out her decrees.
His body was jerking like a puppet of a marionette display, actuated by unseen strings.
"doll moved by strings or wires" (later applied to puppets in glove form), 1530s, later form of Middle English popet "doll" (c.1300; cf. poppet), from Old French popette "little doll, puppet," diminutive of popee "doll, puppet" (13c., Modern French poupée), from Vulgar Latin *puppa, from Latin pupa "girl; doll" (see pupil (n.1)).
Metaphoric extension to "one whose actions are manipulated by another" first recorded 1540s (as poppet). Puppet show attested from 1650s, earlier puppet-play (1550s). Puppet government is attested from 1884 (in reference to Egypt).