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Why are we still in Afghanistan?

I don’t know. I have a hard time understanding this war. I know why we went in, and I thought it was the right thing to do, and still do. But since about 2002, this war has seemed adrift, and since 2005, since the government of Pakistan went into opposition, it has been getting messier ...

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I don’t know. I have a hard time understanding this war. I know why we went in, and I thought it was the right thing to do, and still do. But since about 2002, this war has seemed adrift, and since 2005, since the government of Pakistan went into opposition, it has been getting messier and messier.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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