What is state failure? See my conceptualisation of state failure on the right flank below.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

"Max Leverage"

I have been blogging about Afghanistan since more than two and a half years. It seems like all that I have been monitoring has now come down to this.
"Mr. Obama expressed frustration. He held up a chart showing how reinforcements would flow into Afghanistan over 18 months and eventually begin to pull out, a bell curve that meant American forces would be there for years to come.
“I want this pushed to the left,” he told advisers, pointing to the bell curve."
But in fact it is a little more complicated than that. "Max Leverage," as they call it, is a plan, and certain things are not accounted for by it. This being the nature of plans in general.

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