That is Barney Rubin’s colorfully metaphorical assessment of the situation in Afghanistan: “a glass much less than half full… and resting on a wobbly table that growing threats… may soon overturn.”
Read his latest essay on Afghanistan -a long and worthy read in the upcoming issue of Foreign Affairs- titled “Saving Afghanistan”. A long-time observer of Afghanistan, Barney’s is a definitive voice in the academia on the matter.
I will be attending a gathering at USIP tomorrow where Barney is speaking. I will try to do a post on it here.
(It’s been rather busy in DC lately with Afghanistan-related events, and my grad school applications are finally picking pace – sorry for irregular updates.)