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April 25, 2011

Afghanistan: Holey War

Variations on this screen grab have been springing up all around the media like mushrooms.  So 470 high-value Taliban prisoners tunnel out of the prison in Kandahar under the nose of the Afghan military and who-knows-how-many NATO troops, pop out in a house across the street, then speed off?

The clueless gaze of the Afghan military guy with his little notebook, and the other guy with the walkie-talkie without a head, only adds to the haplessness of this metaphor. This might have been safe a passage for the enemy. What it reflects back to us, on the other hand, is that we’ve gone down the rabbit hole.

(screen grab via BBC)

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