Be under no illusion, Nato is in no shape to make progress in this graveyard of empires

If Iraq was bad, Afghanistan is going to be worse. Nothing said or done at the Lisbon conference, which is largely an exercise in self-deception, is going to make this better and it may well make it worse.

It is not just that the war is going badly, but that Nato's need to show progress has produced a number of counter-productive quick fixes likely to deepen the violence.

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The last military commander who was actually able to hold Afghanistan was Alexander the Great.

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