More power to Afghan warlords

Asia Times
More power to Afghan warlords
By Richard M Bennett

The current military situation on the ground in Afghanistan is at best a highly unsatisfactory stalemate, at worst the allied forces are actually losing the initiative.

If that were allowed to continue then the Western democracies face being decisively defeated, politically if not militarily, by the Taliban.

There has always been the potential of a political backlash against years of conflict bringing increasing numbers of casualties, but with little sign of a clear victory for all the sacrifices being made.

This fear must now haunt the White House in the United States
and Britain's Downing Street.

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