Tag Archives: Hamid Karzai

Geopolitical Waste Management

Economists like to talk about Japan’s lost decade – two decades actually – when no bright fiscal or monetary policy ideas could jumpstart an economy that was stuck on slow, or stalled. There were all sorts of ways to look … Continue reading

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With Friends Like This

Of course the foreign policy of the Bush-Cheney administration is generally considered to have been a disaster. Dividing the world up into the good guys and bad guys, with no one in between – which plays well to the angry … Continue reading

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No Invisible Men

An interesting item from Alfred McCoy – it seems that opium farming generates fifty percent of Afghanistan’s GDP and supports twenty percent of its population. So he suggests we think about this: To understand the Afghan War, one basic point … Continue reading

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Troops to Task

We’ve been in Afghanistan now for eight years, and shortly after we began things there, on March 20, 2003, we began operations in Iraq. We continue on, doing whatever it is we are doing. And the rationales for everything we … Continue reading

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