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I mean, it doesn't seem the Taleban are able to exercise effective control outside the Helmand and Kabul river basins, which more or less coincide with the Pashtun tribal areas. I fully developed this in a comment last year.

The peak-to-trough part of the business cycle is an outlier. Carnot would have died laughing.
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jul 16th, 2009 at 08:49:23 AM EST
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