It's time to declare victory and begin to get out of Afghanistan rather than descend deeper into an intractable civil war that we neither comprehend nor in the end will care much about.
More troops are not the answer in Afghanistan. We need to lower the overall level of military conflict as quickly as possible, and the only way to do that is to sharply reduce the number of U.S. troops.
Just back from Afghanistan, I began to daydream about Karzai speaking directly to the American people to take responsibility for his government's failings and seek support for U.S. engagement in the country.
I do not believe that military victory in Afghanistan is simply a matter of reappearing with enough troops and the right military strategy.
Afghanistan is not a numbers game. The issue is whether we are pursuing a strategy that defines our goals and tailors our means to them.
New research indicates that 80% of Afghanistan now has a permanent Taliban presence and that 97% of the country has "substantial Taliban activity."
Recently we convened a workshop of senior scholars of South Asia studies and asked them to evaluate the US role in the region. They agreed upon the following five principles as the bases for formulating a new policy
Public distaste for the Afghanistan War can easily make it Obama's Vietnam -- history should serve as a warning for him.
Though Pakistanis had once bristled at the idea of being lumped in with the Afghan state, there is now a subtle admission that their futures are shared.
Citizens aren't usually forced to divide their attention between a groundbreaking election and nine decades of self-determination. But we are talking about Afghanistan here.
Clearly, we would prefer the Afghan government take on this mission, but until they can do so themselves, in order to prevent more American civilian deaths, we must do it ourselves.
With the Afghan elections having taken place today amidst extraordinarily difficult circumstances, I thought I would offer up a few things to keep in mind when reading the coverage.
Though Dr. Ashraf Ghani is unlikely to win the popular vote for president of Afghanistan today, what he has brought to this campaign is a clear victory for the people of his country.
Central Asia holds little intrinsic strategic value to the U.S. In that respect, I can understand why Americans are growing skeptical of continuing what's become an "aimless absurdity."