Magazine April 20, 2009, Issue

The New Afghan War

(AP/Department of Defense/Staff Sgt. Adam Mancini)
With patience and the right strategy, we can win

Kabul

Gov. Mohammed Halim Fi-dai is agitated. He’s holding forth in his office in Wardak province a half-hour or so outside of Kabul, before an audience of U.S. military officers and visiting journalists. Fi-dai’s English is excellent and the military loves him. A former refugee who worked for years for Western NGOs, he’s an ideal partner for the U.S., and we are using his province as a springboard for an experimental program creating a local militia to supplement the national police.

Dressed in a Western jacket over traditional Afghan clothes, Fi-dai has a small white button he can, in theory, push to

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