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About the Afghan money: the problem, when the money gets there is going to be: what the people in charge are going to do with it.

I'm not too worried about them doing something evil with it. I'm worried that they won't know what to do, but will do something with it, anyway, that probably won't be very useful.

Why? Because the Taliban has a way of getting anyone with a shred of talent and expertise -- on anything other than blowing things up or shooting them up, or figuring out more ways of treating women as troublesome pets better not to be seen in public -- anyone else, in summary, able to do something practical and positive, running away from them as far as they can. And so would I, if I were unfortunate enough to be living there these days.

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