In his farewell/resignation letter on July 23, 1989, to U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Robert Oakley, U.S. Special Envoy to the Afghan resistance Ed McWilliams wrote: " 'I believed and continue to believe that we were wrong to have been so close to some in the [Northern] alliance; wrong to have given ISI [Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence] such power and (now) wrong not to be actively seeking a political settlement [in post-Soviet Afghanistan].' "
– Ghost Wars, Steve Coll, 7/23/1989
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