Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Sep 19 14:50:33 UTC 2009

 Kevin Drum picks up on a foreign policy mongrel from the Washington
Post. Apparently, in policy discussions, a common way to refer to the
troubled "border region" (itself a problematic concept) between
Afghanistan and Pakistan is "AfPak". Nothing particularly extraordinary
here--just another very localized piece of jargon mash.

But, apparently, now there has been a switch. When the State Department
IG referred to the region in his testimony to Congress, he used "PakAf".
However, when asked if this was just his invention, he said he was not
sure and would check with the staff. According to WaPo, the man
responsible for the switch is Richard Holbrooke--because he's such a


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