Tuesday, December 31, 2013


As 2013 draws to a close a new intelligence report on Afghanistan, as reported by the Washington Post's 'Afghanistan gains will be lost quickly after drawdown, U.S. intelligence estimate warns', "... predicts that the gains the United States and its allies have made during the past three years are likely to have been significantly eroded by 2017, even if Washington leaves behind a few thousand troops and continues bankrolling the impoverished nation..." 

This elicited some skepticism, e.g. "Wait. Where Are These “Gains” NIE Says We Might Lose in Afghanistan?' However, clearly they were referring to these! Note the date...


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