The article is not completely clear as to what factions in the Taliban are being paid. We have been told often that there are those with whom we could negotiate, i.e., "more moderate" members of the Taliban. Are any of them getting in on this action? Even in spite of this possibility, the reality according to Mr. Roston apparently stands; war on such a financial footing of a 10-20 percent "security, extortion or form of insurance" cannot possibly continue successfully. If this is truly the case, millions will be spent eventually to simply devastate our future troops. With realities such as this on the ground, no wonder President Obama is taking meaningful deliberation to reconsider the Afghanistan policy.