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Scenes from Ashton Carter’s trip to Afghanistan

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The Economist, 9 December 2016

The weekly’s columnist “Lexington” has accompanied outgoing US secretary of defence Ashton Carter on his last journey to South Asia, including Afghanistan. An extremely interesting read. For example here:

For any reporter who visited Afghanistan at the height of the war, it is startling to hear how America’s objectives have been distilled down to the purest essence of realpolitik and self-defence. In an interview in New Delhi, a day ahead of the Kabul leg of the trip, Mr Carter spelled out just two vital national security objectives for the country, namely: “To make sure that a 9/11 never emerges again from Afghanistan and to have a stable counter-terrorism platform there.”

And for a close watch over Pakistan’s nukes, can be assumed.