Dowd looks at the recent news that the US and Britain had been negotiating for months with a fake Taliban commander. She says this illustrates the futility of the war there because this illustrates the extent of the cluelessness we have about the Afghan culture. The Russians’ failure there should have been a warning to us about the odds of winning a war in Afghanistan because they were far more vicious than we are and were culturally much closer to the region.
Dowd is a New York Times columnist.
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