Two years ago, at the end of a four-month stay in Afghanistan, I spoke to General Dan McNeill about whether Afghanistan was at the tipping point. The then-head of NATO forces didn’t agree that we had reached that point, but in 2007 it was a key issue.
Last night in London, I attended a discussion involving a clutch of senior Brits about the future of Afghanistan. How different was the situation now that President Obama is redefining America’s involvement in Afghanistan? Again, people were divided about how close Afghanistan has come to that tipping point. But it is a place where the Afghans seem to continue to teeter precariously and, no doubt, uncomfortably. Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.
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Originally published in The Huffington Post on the 12th of April, 2009.