January 4, 2013

In Afghanistan, It's Vietnam Syndrome II

Benny Avni, New York Post

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The Taliban seem to believe all they need to do now is wait ’til America hightails it out of Afghanistan (coming soon), then take the country back and remake it into the jihadi haven that Allah always intended it to be.

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January 15, 2013
Get the Deal or Get Out of Afghanistan
Dov Zakheim, National Interest
President Obama is correct that American troops should not remain in Afghanistan without a status of forces agreement. He will need to be far more committed to achieving that agreement than he was when Washington sought to... more ››
January 11, 2013
U.S. Needs to Stay in Afghanistan
Ahmad Majidyar, CNN
Leaked reports suggest the White House is considering cutting troop numbers by 20,000 to 30,000 this year and keeping as few as 2,500 troops in Afghanistan after 2014, despite requests by military commanders in the field to... more ››
January 17, 2013
U.S. Leaving Afghanistan to the Taliban
Fouad Ajami, Bloomberg
There is kitsch and legend about the country being a graveyard for empires, about the codes of the Pashtuns. But decades of mayhem and corruption have hardened and wrecked the culture. Plainly, the warrior bandits live off... more ››
January 14, 2013
Sour U.S.-Russia Ties Threaten Obama Abroad
Anne Gearan, Wash Post
A poisonous unraveling of U.S. relations with Russia in recent months represents more than the failure of President Obama's first-term attempt to "reset" badly frayed bilateral relations. It threatens pillars of Obama’s... more ››
January 12, 2013
Obama's Afghanistan: All Exit, No Strategy
James Traub, Foreign Policy
COIN has had its great experiment; and it has been found wanting. The massive program of development assistance and government reform which accompanied the military surge has done little either to reduce the corruption and... more ››