Getting back to the basics in Afghanistan

Classic first line:

Think tanks being what they are -- large meat lockers in which future government bureaucrats are stored until needed -- the reports they produce tend to be little more than exercises in reputation management.

I really like the way this guy looks at the issues. The source report is also a good read (even though I don't agree with the second recommendation, and I think it also omits several important issues, namely, managing Afghanistan's opium and cannabis industry in a productive manner):