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New York Times: Paula Broadwell is right about trends in Afghanistan

With exquisite timing, the New York Times reports today that the United States and its allies are doing surprisingly well against the Taliban around Kandahar. Carlotta Gall, the author of the Times article, is a good reporter. (She also wrote a good book about the war in Chechnya.) And going against the prevailing narrative takes ...

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U.S. Department of Defense/flickr

With exquisite timing, the New York Times reports today that the United States and its allies are doing surprisingly well against the Taliban around Kandahar.

Carlotta Gall, the author of the Times article, is a good reporter. (She also wrote a good book about the war in Chechnya.) And going against the prevailing narrative takes some guts.

With exquisite timing, the New York Times reports today that the United States and its allies are doing surprisingly well against the Taliban around Kandahar.

Carlotta Gall, the author of the Times article, is a good reporter. (She also wrote a good book about the war in Chechnya.) And going against the prevailing narrative takes some guts.

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. Twitter: @tomricks1

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