January 17, 2013

U.S. Leaving Afghanistan to the Taliban

Fouad Ajami, Bloomberg

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There is kitsch and legend about the country being a graveyard for empires, about the codes of the Pashtuns. But decades of mayhem and corruption have hardened and wrecked the culture. Plainly, the warrior bandits live off strategic rent, the subsidies that come to them from foreign donors caught up in the messiness of Afghanistan.

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