I am in a wait and see state as to what is planned for Afghanistan. It looks to me as though we must give it back to the Afghans while still protecting our military there. It does not look like a national government is possible, but perhaps we can give support to the various subgroups? Whatever, we need to get out of there while protecting Pakistan where the bombs are.

I simply don’t have a clear picture as to the best way to go on the latter front. Perhaps our government doesn’t either.

Last time around we supported a military takeover and then backed away. Will we do something like this again? I imagine that this is a Pakistani worry.

What do others think? I have not seen such a precarious problem since major wars of the past.

I guess that the best that we can do is to try to protect our guys and hope for better things with Pakistan? But as we all know, this is not what many of us want here.

Any good suggestions?

And then there is Iran!

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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