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Why the Handwriting is on the Afghan Wall

Thursday, 01/6/2011 – 10:37 am by Chuck Spinney*

* Selected archive of past commentaries here

afghanistan-150After nine years of futility, time is running out.

The lead editorial in a recent WP article, “Steady in Afghanistan,” claimed the early results of President Obama’s escalation strategy in Afghanistan “are mixed — but promising,” because President Obama “has raised the odds for success by committing U.S. forces to Afghanistan for four more years and by promising to negotiate a strategic partnership with the government of Hamid Karzai in 2011.”

Raised the odds for success? Four more year versus 2011? Consider please the unexamined ramifications of these words.

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