This is now America's longest war, yet it has been so sparsely debated of late. Can this war be won? Have there been gains worthy of the sacrifices in blood and treasure incurred by the United States and its allies? Or is it time to acknowledge that this war cannot be brought to any meaningful conclusion let alone a victorious one?
The mass murder attacks against our own nation on September 11, 2001 and subsequent attacks on other nations including the U.K., Spain, and India, demonstrate clearly the importance of denying transnational terrorist organizations access to the resources, freedom of movement, safe havens, and ideological space they need to plan, organize, and conduct these attacks.
Observers rightly say that the Afghanistan campaign will not result in a sustainable outcome without a political strategy to accompany the military operations NATO is conducting. In too many minds, however, formulating a political strategy has been equated to brokering a deal
In a twist on the dilemma faced by Shakespeare’s Hamlet—“to be or not to be”—Americans now ask themselves the question in light of several recent setbacks in Afghanistan: to stay or to get out? If the United States stays, can the war be won? If it leaves, what will be the co
When Alexander the Great led soldiers of the world’s sole superpower into Afghanistan he did not fulfill the requirements of today’s counterinsurgency doctrine. He “cleared”, and he “built” – the cities today called Herat, Kandahar, and Bagram – but he didn’t “hold”. He move
The Afghans want us to stay, so it is long past time to haul up the gear and leave the Hindu Kush to its ways. In one of his many outrageous statements, Hamid Karzai, last November, laid out his view of our place in his scheme of things. “The lion doesn’t like it if a foreig