So now it seems the supposed Taliban leader taking part in crucial peace talks was actually a fake and possibly a shopkeeper from Pakistan, thus confirming the cluelessness of our "intelligence" community, the endless ambiguity of this war, and the hopelessness of finding any real solution to it. We can't even recognize "the enemy." How bad is this, asks the Atlantic: Bad. It would be laughable if it wasn't so damn tragic.
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"It's not him," said a Western diplomat in Kabul. "And we gave him a lot of money."