An underlying conceit of the new spin about benchmarks and timetables for Afghanistan is the notion that pivotal events there can be choreographed from Washington.
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Sometimes one cannot glean the truth by a book's title. This is the case with Spies, regarding the thin documentation of journalist I.F. Stone as a stellar spy in the 1930s.
Routinely, the politicians and pundits of Washington can't summon minimal decency in themselves or each other on the subject of Israel and Palestinians.
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