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I just watched the Frontline documentary on Afghanistan. It is really excellent. All Americans seeking to understand the debates on Afghanistan and whether or not to pursue a counterinsurgency strategy there should watch it. John Nagl, Bill Mayville and Stan McChrystal make a good argument for a counterinsurgency campaign, while Andrew Bacevich and an especially pithy Celeste Ward make a good argument against pursuing such a campaign. All sides, in other words, acquit themselves rather well. All sides, that is, save for the Pakistani officials. An American watching this documentary might be of two minds as to whether or not we should pursue a counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan, but he or she will also be of two minds as to why we continue to send so much money and other resources to a country whose leaders are either lying or delusional about the presence of anti-Government of Afghanistan insurgent groups -- such as the Quetta Shura Taliban and the Haqqani Network -- in Pakistan. The judgment of the documentary's producers seems to be that Pakistan is more an enemy of the United States than an ally. Amrullah Saleh's reaction to the Pakistanis and to U.S. policy toward Pakistan is especially amusing. But watch the video yourself. Really, it is very well done and contains some amazing combat footage. (At the beginning of the documentary, a U.S. Marine dies on camera. This blog appreciates the fact that Marcela Gaviria and Martin Smith sought -- and received -- the permission of the dead Marine's family to use the footage they used. This blog also appreciates the fact that the footage captures combat at its rawest, just the way Americans in their living rooms should see it, with all the blood and cursing included.)