This is how Anders Fogh Of War Rasmussen’s WaPo op-ed on Afghanistan concludes:

In the end, it comes down to this: When Taliban soldiers come to take a young Afghan to fight on their side, what will his father do? If he sees that the Taliban has no chance of winning, if he sees that his life is getting better and if he believes in his government, then he will say no. And the insurgency will lose. It’s that simple. Those are the conditions we have to create, and next year we will start to see light at the end of the tunnel.

Of all the staff positions necessary to serve a NATO secretary general, none may be more important than the obviously vacant office of the Senior Adviser for Avoiding Painful Ironies.

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman

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