The United States has allowed the Afghan War to slip from apparent victory to possible defeat. Kabul is no longer the center of battle. The fulcrum has shifted to Pakistan.
Obama’s strategy for AfPak is not all that different than his predecessor’s. But it is certainly better managed.
Barack Obama needs to stop lecturing Europe about Turkey’s accession to the EU. Brussels, not Washington, should decide whether or not to include Ankara.
Obama’s Afghan strategy is smart and realistic. But he needs to convince the American people it will work.
NATO’s continued relevance depends on its ability to function in Afghanistan. So far, the alliance hasn’t delivered.
To win the war in Afghanistan, we can’t focus on nation-building. We have to train Afghan forces to be self-reliant, freeing us to deal with al-Qaeda.
Can we negotiate with the Taliban? Or should we focus on strengthening the Karzai government?
Afghanistan is a losing battle. Former-CIA officer Milton Bearden argues the Obama administration should turn to the provinces for answers—and consider arming the militias. Full article
Former-CIA officer Milton Bearden discusses the future of Afghanistan, offering his prescriptions for the future, how to redefine our mission, why we may need to arm the militias and how to avoid defeat.
Obama’s plan for Afghanistan is the right idea, but directed at the wrong place. Instead of sending troops to Taliban strongholds, we should bulk up Kabul’s defenses.
Will the liberal interventionists return under Obama's watch?
What is Islamabad doing to halt the proliferation of its nuclear technologies? How can Pakistan help us defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan in the FATA?
America’s supply routes to Afghanistan just suffered a huge blow. Will we have to negotiate with Iran and Russia to continue the war?
What’s best for our interests in Afghanistan could conflict with other U.S. strategies to isolate Iran and put pressure on Russia.
Washington wants to stamp out Kabul’s drug trade. Doing so won’t solve our problems there—and could have disastrous consequences.
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