Of Quagmires and Roses

Posted August 23, 2017 4:18 pm by John Paul Meenan, Editor

So President Donald Trump has decided to up the ante in Afghanistan, sending in an as-yet undefined number of troops, with no timeline, no apparent budget, but with some ‘targets’ that they must reach, again, as yet undefined.
This is a country of just over 30 million souls, about half the size of Ontario, almost all sand, scrub, with ‘negligible’ water; hence we could not even call it a ‘backwater’, more like a ‘backdesert.  There is some tillable land, whose major export are poppies, with which seeds numerous drugs are made, from the good, such as morphine, to the bad, such

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