Can Diplomatic Fanfare Translate to Long-Term Security in Afghanistan?

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Ashraf Ghani has completed his first visit to the United States as Afghanistan's President, cutting a very different figure from his predecessor, Hamid Karzai. But public diplomacy is one thing. Security in a corrupt home country is another.  After President Obama agreed to extend the US presence in Afghanistan, President Ashraf Ghani addressed a joint meeting of Congress. He used words America never heard from his predecessor — despite all the dollars spent and the lives lost in his country. 




Warren Olney