"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.
He may not be the candidate you'd expect thousands of us to throw our support behind, but we know firsthand the costs of war, and we know an ally to our cause when we see one.
Although the numbers and popularity of academic institutes is growing up, especially in the last decade, academic freedom is dwindling.
Economically speaking, how did the "reconstruction" of the country work out, given that Washington pumped more money (in real dollars) into Afghanistan in these years than it did into the rebuilding of Western Europe after World War II?
The very ferocity and coordinated nature of the attacks on Sanders makes clear that the Democratic establishment views Sanders not merely as an annoyance, but as an existential threat. And he may be, at that.
If the United States wants to reduce the limited threat of blowback anti-American terrorism from radical Islamists, it should drastically reduce, not increase, its military interventions in Islamic countries.
After fighting the longest war in its history, the United States stands at the brink of defeat in Afghanistan. How can this be possible?
Generally presented as some sort of out-of-the-blue challenge to the orthodoxy of our financialized politics, the Sanders vs. Clinton battle actually has deep roots in decades past.
The "Great Game" refers to a period when the British Empire and Czarist Russia competed politically and economically for influence in central and south central Asia.
Theirs is a romance that never should have been, and Nordland dubbed them Afghanistan's Romeo and Juliet because of their rival sects, Sunni and Shia, and opposing ethnicities. With its message and its life-and-death drama, this story was -- and remains -- irresistible and beautiful.