It has almost been a year since Afghan president Ashraf Ghani and Afghan chief executive Abdullah Abdullah have been in power. Contrary to the rosy pictures painted at the time, progress on many fronts has been dismal at best.
Houses of cards--trillions of dollars worth of them, constructed by the U.S. and its allies over more than a decade at a huge cost in lives and treasure--are teetering across the greater Middle East.
Through repetition and evocative imagery, not unlike Kennedy's pivotal take-down of the Klan, the Afghan government can help to gradually curb the rise of backward thinking in all its evil forms, at least within its borders.
The Russians apparently learned little from their miserable years in Afghanistan and now are heading for a debilitating exercise in futility that might distract them from their efforts to undermine NATO and destabilize parts of Eastern Europe.
Why is it that we don't hear about the sexual abuse of boys which is widespread throughout the Middle East and Africa? The answer is simple... this is a dirty little secret that is best kept in the dark.
A few days ago I had the opportunity to speak with Gayle Tzemach-Lemmon about her travels to Afghanistan and her latest book, Ashley's War, about the training and deployment of a group of women in the United States Army who fought alongside male Special Operations forces in Afghanistan.
The Syrian conflict has become a game of unfathomable numbers. And collective action from the international community has been slow.
In the last two debates there has barely been any mention of veterans, and the talk of going to war only increases. The only mention of veterans is in a jingoistic rather than practical way. Veterans and their issues are being widely appropriated for the political gain of candidates, but no one seems to have an actual plan when it comes to VA reform
Around the world, almost 900 million people go hungry every day. The precious crops and water that would sustain them are used to raise livestock. Moving to a meatless diet assures there will food for all of us.
I saw three films in a row today at the Toronto International Film Festival that have generated heavy buzz in the early festival days of fall - and found that none of them actually has the makings of the awards-season juggernauts they're being touted as. In other words, don't believe the hype.
Instead of focusing on the root causes of terrorism, we've responded to violence with more violence. Thus, it is long overdue for us to shift from a military-driven counterterrorism strategy to one focused on human development that starves the terrorists of the chaos they thrive on.
It's easy to see our Afghan effort drifting not just to a debacle but to a disaster. We worked hard to get the Soviets out, and then had zero idea of what to do next. But this initial effort did build strong ties between the Pakistani army and radical fighters which have come back to haunt us.
Howard Patrick didn't expect to be drafted. He was married, expecting a baby and had a job in the hot new world of high technology, working for IBM, the top of the mountain in those days. When his induction notice arrived, he was stunned -- and frightened.
One need not be prophetic to sense a bad outcome for the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Almost nothing has gone by plan since the Bush administration joined forces with the Northern Alliance in 2001 to kick the Taliban out of Kabul and into the tribal territories of Pakistan.
On September 11 I will arise remembering those with whom I served, those first responders in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC, and the victims of that terrible day in our nation's history. I invite you to do the same.
Passport applications have increased exponentially and those who are unable to get visas take the long route through Iran, walking across the border into Turkey, and from there paying smugglers to get them to Europe.