2,270. 8/15/2001

” ‘You’re basically asking for the overthrow of the Taliban,’ an incredulous midlevel State Department officer told [future Afghan president Hamid Karzai’s brother] Qayum Karzai in one meeting that August [2001]. ‘I’m not sure if our government is prepared to do that.’ “ [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Steve Coll, Ghost Wars, Page 572

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