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Georges Clemencueau, premier of France 1917-20, said war (WWI) is too serious a matter to be left to the generals.  Matthias Gebauer explains below why the recent Nato conference of ministers in Kabul proves that the Afghan war is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.

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The Conference that Wasn’t

NATO Diplomats Tune Out the Bad News in Afghanistan

A Commentary by Matthias Gebauer, der Spiegel, 21 July 2010

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,707689,00.html

NATO foreign ministers heard only what they wanted to hear on Tuesday in Kabul as they sought to reassure the world that withdrawal can take place in 2014. The reality, however, is quite different. And in the end, Hamid Karzai, who is already looking for ways to cement his post-NATO power, will be the beneficiary.