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Ambassador Robert Blackwill has proposed an intriguing strategy to split up Afghanistan. The United States would recognize a de-facto partition of the country that would grant the Taliban control of areas in their tribal heartland and concentrate Western development efforts in the rest of the country.
HERAT, Afghanistan — While the government battles the Taliban in violence-infested southern Afghanistan, former warlords in the relatively peaceful north and west are moving to reclaim their old fiefdoms and fostering resentment toward the presence of foreign troops.
"This war is winnable." I can't say how often during my recent embed in the southern Afghanistan Province of Zabul, just north and east of Kandahar, I heard officers and noncoms say that. Implicit is that it's also losable; but what they really mean is winnable compared to Iraq.