And Everywhere The Ceremony Of Innocence Is Drowned.
A NATO spokesman: A "precision air strike" has hit a militant's vehicle in the Rostaq district of the northern province of Takhar. Provincial governor Abduljabar Taqwa has told the BBC News that ten election campaign workers were killed in the strike. President Hamid Karzai condemned the incident, saying that "pro-democracy people should be distinguished from those who fight against democracy."
Ghulam Sakhi Kargar, Afghan Healthy Ministry: Blood samples taken from Afghan schoolgirls who have collapsed in apparent mass poisonings showed traces of toxic chemicals found in herbicides, pesticides and nerve gas. Suspicion has fallen on sympathizers of the Taliban. Poisonous levels of organophosphates were found in samples taken from girls sickened in incidents over the past two years.
George Packer: What President Obama called the end of the combat mission in Iraq is a meaningless milestone, constructed almost entirely out of thin air, and his second Oval Office speech marks a rare moment of dishonesty and disingenuousness on the part of a politician who usually resorts to rare candor at important moments.
Candace Rondeaux: Short-termism has been the name of the game in Afghanistan since the start of this engagement. And it is not at all surprising that nine years later, we don't have much to show for this type of thinking. . . Anyone who spends any time in Afghanistan fully understands that if you want to make change here, you've got to get your arms around really big institutional change and you have to be prepared to fight that fight, but recognize that at the same time, if you don't have Afghan buy in, you're not going to go anywhere.
William Butler Yeats: The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?