Update on Security Gains in Kandahar City

Edward Kenney – Afghanistan Study Group

In my post on the Defense Department’s unrealistic depiction of security gains, I argued that the improvements in Kandahar City were “cherry picked” data points, not representative of Kandahar Province as a whole.  Shrewd observers could point to the Sarposa prison break as an indication that the security in Kandahar City was never as solid as the DoD claimed.  Now that Kandahar has suffered a forty hour siege by the Taliban, the Pentagon’s security picture seems even more divorced from reality.

I stand corrected.  Kandahar City is not a cherry-picked data point.

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