By Douglas Holtz-Eakin
The young drop coverage to avoid higher premiums
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Asadullah Ramin has lost all hope in his homeland – he's so worried about what will happen when U.S. and international troops leave that he is ready to pay a smuggler to whisk his family out of Afghanistan.
When Kandahar godfather Ahmed Wali Karzai (AWK) met a mafia shyster's ending on July 12, hardly a prayer was whispered before thoughts of the proverbial "power vacuum" seized the international media, the International Security Assistance Force and Kandahars themselves.
A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance of a Kabul shopping and hotel complex Monday, killing two security guards in the second attack in less than a month to hit the heavily secured Afghan capital.
"I'm not hopeful for the future and it's not just me," he said, waving his hand toward small shops across the street where a vendor was selling live chickens. "The shopkeepers, the businessmen – they are all [feeling] hopeless."