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Russian links with Taliban is good for America

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The writer is a political analyst. He can be reached at [email protected] Twitter @Imran_Jan

I attended a talk by Michael V Hayden about 4 years ago in Houston organised by World Affairs Council. One of the interesting things he delineated was a comparison of the US’ covert actions during the Cold War to those in the post-9/11 world. The essence of it was that during the Cold War, local groups (Jihadists and Islamists) were supported to bring down (communist) regimes and after 9/11, the norm has been to strengthen (pro-American) regimes to bring down local groups (Jihadists and Islamists). If the strongmen were communists, Washington and Langley strengthened the shock troops, which were the local jihadi and radical Islamist groups, to bring down the regime. The goal was crystal clear; to end and roll back communism and not allow the Soviet Union the breathing space to spread its tentacles around the world.

Similarly, the United States didn’t officially recognise China for three decades after its........

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