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Power’s world: undermining Afghanistan’s opium business

By Jonathan Power  

Here’s a paradox for you. The Obama administration is, quite rightly, gearing up to pressure the Europeans to put more men in boots on the ground in Afghanistan. And the Europeans, quite rightly, don’t want to engage in a war of attrition à la Russia in Afghanistan in the 1980s or the US in Vietnam before that. There is nothing worse than having to pull out with your tail between your legs and confront the electorate for thousands of needless deaths among…

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