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U.S. Considers Faster Pullout in Afghanistan - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    "Increasingly frustrated by his dealings with President Hamid Karzai, President Obama is giving serious consideration to speeding up the withdrawal of United States forces from Afghanistan and to a "zero option" that would leave no American troops there after next year, according to American and European officials. "
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What have we learned about stabilization in Afghanistan? Not much. - by Ashley Jackson ... - 0 views

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    "As of this year, Afghanistan has experienced ten years of stabilization intervention, but what is there to show for it? Marked by massive expenditure with little to no accountability, and often marred by waste, stabilization in Afghanistan started out with arguably honorable aims. However, as troops prepare to leave in 2014, what legacy will be left behind? "
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Regional Politics and The Prospects for Stability in Afghanistan | United States Instit... - 0 views

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    Interesting US Institute of Peace report on the feared Civil War 2.0 in Afghanistan.
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The CIA is Shoveling Millions and Millions of Dollars into Hamid Karzai's Pockets - Aut... - 0 views

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    My interview on the Jerry Doyle Show discussing the CIA "ghost money" payments to Pres. Karzai, and our dysfunctional war in Afghanistan.
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C.I.A. Delivers Cash to Afghan Leader's Office - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    The Great American Folly Machine:
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Bernard Bajolet, Leaving Afghanistan, Has His Say - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    At last, a whiff of diplomatic candor about the Western failure in Afghanistan that I covered in "Funding the Enemy."
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Karzai Criticisms Lead to Tensions With Hagel - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    "President Hamid Karzai leveled particularly harsh accusations against the United States on Sunday, suggesting that the Americans and the Taliban had a common goal in destabilizing his country. "
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AP News: Taliban attack trends: Never mind - 0 views

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    "WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S.-led military command in Afghanistan will no longer count and publish the number of Taliban attacks, a statistical measure that it once touted as a gauge of U.S. and allied success but now dismisses as flawed."
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    Metrics of failure.
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What Went Wrong in Afghanistan? | Foreign Policy - 0 views

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    "Here's what some of the foremost experts on the conflict -- from former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to American Enterprise Institute scholar Frederick W. Kagan -- identified as the biggest mistakes of the long war."
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APNewsBreak: Report of a drop in Taliban attacks wrong; figures show no decline in Afgh... - 0 views

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    "The American-led military coalition in Afghanistan backed off Tuesday from its claim that Taliban attacks dropped off in 2012, tacitly acknowledging a hole in its widely repeated argument that violence is easing and that the insurgency is in steep decline."
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Steve Coll: "Al Qaeda": What's in a Name? : The New Yorker - 0 views

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    "Yet the empirical case for a worldwide state of war against a corporeal thing called Al Qaeda looks increasingly threadbare. A war against a name is a war in name only."
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As U.S. Withdraws Troops, Fears That Afghan Aid Will Dry Up - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    ""I've often worried that the lesson from Iraq and Afghanistan - and especially Afghanistan - is that we don't know how to do foreign aid, and therefore we shouldn't continue to provide aid at the levels we have been," said Ms. Wadhams of the Center for American Progress. "
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    I detailed aid failure in "Funding the Enemy."
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Obama to Announce Troops' Return - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    "President Obama's decision to remove 34,000 American troops in Afghanistan by this time next year represents a careful balancing of political interests and military requirements. "
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In Afghanistan pullout, Pentagon favors phased reduction over 3 years - The Washington ... - 0 views

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    "The Pentagon is pushing a plan that would keep about 8,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan once the NATO military mission there ends in 2014."
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U.S. Commandos' New Landlord in Afghanistan: Blackwater | Danger Room | Wired.com - 0 views

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    "U.S. Special Operations Forces have a brand new home in Afghanistan. It's owned and operated by the security company formerly known as Blackwater, thanks to a no-bid deal worth $22 million"
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Risk is at heart of debate on troop withdrawal - Army News | News from Afghanistan & Ir... - 0 views

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    "WASHINGTON - The debate over how many U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan after 2014 comes down to risky business."
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How to fight in Afghanistan with fewer U.S. troops - The Washington Post - 0 views

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    "The United States has two vital interests in that part of the world: preventing terrorist attacks on this country and its allies, and preventing nuclear weapons or materials from falling into the hands of terrorists. Protecting these interests after 2014 will require the United States to be able to launch precision military strikes from this region. But it will not require tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. "
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