Afghanistan looks to be a deepening mess. The more troops we send in and people we kill there, the more we become hated. The ‘election’, if one wants to call it that, looks totally flawed and will most likely bring back the corrupt government also hated by most there. I am not sure but that we should not be leaving the Afghanis to resolve their own identity problems as we are doing with Iraq. We cannot be the policemen of the world.

“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 212-665-8535 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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