The Bad Faith Case for Contractors in Afghanistan

There is no silver bullet.

For months, the administration has been working on a review of policy toward Afghanistan that was widely expected to result in the dispatch of thousands of additional troops, as requested by the senior U.S. commander in Kabul, Gen. John Nicholson. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Defense Sec. Jim Mattis both reportedly support sending reinforcements to prevent the Taliban from gaining any more ground. Yet this recommendation has been stalled in the review process.

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The Bad Faith Case for Contractors in Afghanistan

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