Prior to the Soviet invasion, Afghanistan barely registered as a topic of interest for the national press, surfacing in only a handful of annual newspaper stories.
Washington should cease feeding the New York Times with tales about supposed plots involving bonuses for bodies, cut its losses and get out now.
Russia has been paying the Afghan Taliban bounties for American scalps. How do we know? Because the New York Times tells us so
The latest scandal, like others before it, is based on scant testimony by anonymous officials and has had the effect of pushing liberal opinion on US foreign policy into a far more hawkish direction.