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08 October 2010


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A seriously disaffected population. A seriously disaffected ally. A seriously dis-functioning central government. A supply line that, if not for the bribes, could be cut to pieces at any time, and is being torched right in front of our eyes. How much fuel did we lose, one week's worth, or one month's worth? At what cost? An Afghan economy that can never afford the national army and police forces we are trying to stand up.

Tell me again, St. Dave, what are we doing there? Nation building in a place we have little legitimacy, when at home we suffer from 18% real unemployment? How much sense does this make? If this is grand strategy, I want a whole lot less of it.

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