Arnaud de Borchgrave | New Atlanticist, July 30, 2009
Geopolitical trendies ran a new one up the international flagpole to see if anyone saluted. It claimed to be the magic formula on "How to Win in Afghanistan."
"Flipping the Taliban" is the new recipe for success in Afghanistan. In the July/August 2009 issue of Foreign Affairs, Fotini Christia, a member of the Security Studies Program at MIT, and Michael Semple, an Irish official with the EU delegation who was expelled from Afghanistan last December for his involvement in a Taliban reconciliation effort, put forward their "flipping" the enemy thesis that makes the exercise a tad harder than flipping hamburgers.
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Taliban an Unflippable Enemy