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A stable Afghanistan is still a possibility

A stable Afghanistan is still a possibility

There is no easy victory in sight in Afghanistan, but we are closer to accomplishing our goals than many assume. By late 2014, it will no longer be necessary to keep significant numbers of combat troops there.

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The good news is that the Barack Obama administration appears unlikely to waver anytime soon. Its officials have declared that no further drawdowns will be considered until the current one, bringing US troops down to 68,000 from 100,000 by the end of September, is complete. In particular, we need to see how conditions evolve in the east, where this year’s main anti-insurgency efforts will likely occur. However, the more worrisome news is that in a political year, with electoral pressures rising, a steady policy hand in the White House should not be assumed indefinitely into the future.

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The Wall Street Journal

Michael O’Hanlon and Bruce Riedel are senior fellows at the Brookings Institution

Edited excerpts. Comments are welcome at otherviews@livemint.com

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