Great Gaming America
During his two-day visit to Kabul, India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai he supports peace efforts with the Taliban and that India is Afghanistan’s “neighbor and partner in development.”
A Race against Time or a Race to Civil War?
The drawdown of U.S. forces from Afghanistan will start this July, with a complete withdrawal of “combat troops” by the end of 2014.
Is Turkey Pivoting Back toward the West?
There is a surge of speculation in the media both here and abroad about the impact of the “Arab Spring” on Turkey’s foreign policy.
Is the President Ready to Turn the Page in Afghanistan?
Thursday on the Cato blog, I suggested that President Obama was not going to get many better opportunities to fundamentally change course in Afghanistan than the death of Osama bin Laden. His first interview after bin Laden’s demise was on “60 Minutes” with Steve Kroft, and the subject came up.
How Bush Lost bin Laden
By spring 2002, less than a year after the initial U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, President George W. Bush decided to pull most of America’s Special Operations Forces and CIA paramilitary operatives off the hunt for Osama bin Laden so they could be redeployed for a possible war in Iraq.
What Not to Learn from bin Laden’s Killing
We should avoid drawing sweeping conclusions about our counterterrorism policies from Osama bin Laden’s death. We typically overgeneralize about important events.
The Hypocritical Strain in U.S. Foreign Policy
Ralph Waldo Emerson observed that “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” While that is true, it’s important to note that Emerson spoke only about a foolish consistency. He was not offering a brief in favor of cynical, pervasive inconsistency. U.S. foreign policy officials over the decades seem incapable of grasping that crucial distinction.
The Death of bin Laden and U.S.-Pakistan Relations
No one is certain how Osama bin Laden’s death will affect the future of U.S.-Pakistan relations. We will likely have a better grasp once more details about the operation come to light.