Afghanistan: a US civilian surge

The high-level reports — more than one, if I’m not mistaken — that Barack Obama will use to settle his new Afghanistan strategy will be coming to his desk over the next 10 days. Bits are starting to leak out. Today’s news lead in the Washington Post talks of hundreds of new civilians being deployed to Afghanistan, inlcuding one at the right hand of the lead United Nations official in the country. Canada has already been substantially increasing its civilian presence in Afghanistan, but in a phenomenon we’re going to be getting used to over the next little while, their hundreds will soon swamp our dozens.

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