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  • "Not much. That's my biggest problem with it," Mr. Biddle said. "Between sacrificing the potential leverage inherent in the Taliban 5 and pre-emptively conceding the issue of U.S. withdrawal, the net of recent policy choices would appear to have diminished the prospects for a settlement rather than enhancing them."

    Taliban 5 in Bergdahl trade have plenty of time to rejoin fight in Afghanistan →

  • "If the latter comes first, [which is] a distinct possibility, then the ANSF breaks up, the government fails, and U.S. war aims are lost," he said. "The only meaningful alternative to that scenario is negotiation and settlement. Hence the right way to think about issues like prisoner releases is whether or not they facilitate progress toward settling a war that otherwise won't end anytime soon."

    Taliban 5 in Bergdahl trade have plenty of time to rejoin fight in Afghanistan →

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