The reality is that sometimes the trigger does need to be pulled. And pulled fast, too. With ISIS, Obama has been consistently late and light.
In recent times, one of the strangest aspects of war, American-style, has been the inability of the most powerful military on the planet to extricate itself from any of the conflicts it's initiated or somehow gotten itself involved in -- even those it's officially walked away from.
Kabul Culture on Display Not many tourists journey to Afghanistan these days and one thing they are missing is the opportunity to visit a resurrect...
Hazam, 35, could no longer see a future for himself and his family in Deir al-Zour, a city that has been a flashpoint in the country's five-year-long civil war. A physical fitness teacher, Hazam could no longer work, while his wife was pregnant with their fourth child.
What we have today is not civilian supremacy over, nor even civilian control of the military, but what could be characterized as civilian subjugation to the military, where civilian officials are largely militarily illiterate, more militaristic than the military itself, and running scared politically (lest they be labeled weak on defense and security).
Behind the scenes, "top U.S. military commanders" have reportedly been talking up a renewed, decades-long commitment to Afghanistan and its security forces, what one general has termed a "generational approach" to the war there.
International Women's Day is a time when we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world. It's also a time when organisations, including Womankind Worldwide, make a rallying cry to ensure that the momentum for change in women's rights and gender equality continues. The fight is not over yet.
It's no secret that US military operations can be harmful to the environment. US military presence and interventions often leave environmental health problems for both soldiers and the local population.
The idea of human rights in current Afghanistan is suffering from two problems which also cause human rights to stagnate. First, it appeared without reconciliation with regional and familiar concepts. Second, it was associated with the foreigner ideology.
"We are entering a new stage - no one knows where it is going," said the former senor US official in charge of foreign aid, Andrew Natsios.
One begins to imagine a final evacuation like that from Saigon, via helicopter atop the U.S. embassy. Afghanistan is not yet there, but Washington's expensive dream of remaking Central Asia almost certainly is dead.
A stand against religious vigilantism is not the same as a stand against religious extremism.
Unless you consider an expanding series of failed states, spreading terror movements, wrecked cities, and countries hemorrhaging refugees as accomplishments, in these years, no goal of Washington -- not a single one -- has been accomplished by war.
The seeds of revolution are sprouting in Afghanistan, but President Ashraf Ghani can escape the Sword of Damocles by changing his trajectory and giving the provinces more freedom to self-govern.
For the fourth time in two months, the Afghan peace process advanced to create a roadmap for reviving stalled negotiations between the Afghan govern...
The sound of gunfire randomly shatters the barren silence of the battlefield. Whenever a 122-millimeter shell of the Afghan artillery hits the rock riddled soil and explodes, a muffled echo can be heard descending from the mountains that rise just to the South of the contested village.