Fresh out from the Washington Independent: My read of Ahmed Rashid’s excellent new book about the U.S.’s failures in Central Asia, Descent Into Chaos.

The key mistake of U.S. strategy in central Asia, from Rashid’s perspective, was to confuse momentary success for lasting stability. Pakistan and Afghanistan are inextricably linked — their border, the so-called Durand Line, is an unsealable fiction of the map drawn by British imperialists in the 19th century — and yet U.S. policy-makers treated them as distinct problems.

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman

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