Two Feb. 4 headlines represented an eloquent, if unintended, condemnation of our feckless Afghanistan policy. “Restarting talks with Taliban is key to U.S. exit” shared Page A8 with “Girl shot by Taliban is stable after surgeries” — an update on Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for having the temerity to seek an education.

A country, like an individual, should be known by the company it keeps.

John Scott Williams, Fairfax Station