Stuff probably not worth a full post, but defo worth highlighting.
- Hey, remember the time I said, “Democratic elections usually rest on a few basic principles… Afghanistan doesn’t quite qualify for any of these.” Well, the UN knew it all along, too, and Kai Eide is turning out to be a total jerk.
- The Taliban claim to have raised a flag over Nuristan. Naturally, ISAF disagrees, but it’s tough to dispute that right now.
- From Kabul, Old Blue asks some poignant questions of the people wanting to whisk us out of Afghanistan.
- Dear Washington Policy Community: why not read books about Afghanistan to learn about the war in Afghanistan? I mean, hey, just a thought—knowing the place really does help.
- Dear CATO Institute: you lost me at “Graveyard of Empires.” You made me stop watching when you spoke in the name of all Afghans and their thoughts and opinions. A video based on stereotype and assumption is not analysis, it is propaganda.
- Pentagon think tank examines Pentagon program, declares it a success and wants more. Hrm. We must have visited different PRTs, for them to have such glowing recommendations. I’ll read this in full and report back sometime later.
- The Taliban say they’re no threat to the west. Ignoring the obvious (and unfair, and problematic) comparison to a certain European ruler, this is like FEMA saying it’s okay, New Orleans, they’re here to help.