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How Not to Repeat My History with the Taliban

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To avoid the worst outcomes, Washington needs to assiduously enforce any deals with the new Afghan leadership, cooperate effectively with other world powers, and explain to a domestic audience how the withdrawal will facilitate a focus on different priorities.

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Pierre Akel
Pierre Akel
2 months ago

Like many readers, I had to notice the « blind spot » in David Pollock’s excellent analysis (but, also, in U.S. policy in general-Republican and Democrat alike) regarding the the Northern Alliance before 9/11 and now. Not once was the Panjshir valley opposition to the Taliban mentioned in David Pollock’s article. Which reminds me of what the same Abdullah Abdullah told me, a few weeks belore 9/11: « we are not certain that the Americans are seriously after Ben Laden », adding that « they refused to give us any help »! By the way, French official policy in the few weeks before 9/11 were identical… Read more »

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