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Power’s world: the US and Nato in Afghanistan

By Jonathan Power  

How far is downhill? Well, that’s like asking how long is a piece of string. But whatever the answer, the American/Nato military effort in Afghanistan, triggered by 9/11, seems to have all the marks of a quick descent.

In Barack Obama’s phrase, American public opinion doesn’t get it. How could they when Obama himself, supposedly a fresh eye on the international scene, bangs the drum for more troops and yet more force?

Does European and Canadian opinion get it? Apart from the Canadians, who have had the good sense and the foresight to give a date for the withdrawal of…

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