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We’ll Get Right Back to You On That

11:22 AM, Dec 13, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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It is taken as a given that the Obama administration has lost interest in Afghanistan and cannot get out of that country soon enough. And that the Karzai regime is doing its part by dragging its feet on a status-of-forces agreement. But to have things come to this:

President Obama’s brain trust on Afghanistan does not know much the U.S. spends on the war each year or the American cost in lost lives on the battlefield.

This is not a story about another testy White House briefing by Jay Carney. As Rowan Scarborough's reports in the Washington Times, the clueless officials testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee were:

James F. Dobbins, State’s special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan; Donald Sampler, assistant to the administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development, which provides civilian foreign aid; and Michael Dumont, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia.

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