The Washington Post reports that Obama has decided to send hundreds of US diplomats and civil staffers to Afghanistan as part of its new civil-military strategy for that country.
It's hard to imagine what's to be gained from sending that many easy targets the Taliban's way. With the rapidly eroding security problem, even in major Afghan cities such as Kabul and Kandahar, protecting these people from the inevitable Taliban attack will be nigh impossible.
Leading the effort will be Peter W. Galbraith, son of the late John Kenneth Galbraith, and a veteran foreign service staffer. PWG has considerable experience of the region, having worked with Iraq's Kurds after Desert Storm.