With a budget showdown threatening to shut down the government on Friday, there's hardly any discussion of the $119 billion the U.S. will spend this year in Afghanistan, a country with a GDP of just $14 billion.
Our military is a superb national resource and among the most impressive institutions of any kind our society has produced. It is up to our civilian and political leadership to allocate that resource wisely. So, are they in Iraq and Afghanistan?
Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe that the war in Afghanistan is not worth fighting. What did General David Petraeus have to say about all this in his Congressional testimony yesterday?
The Taliban strive for a tipping point where government control collapses in the face of unremitting pressure. But tipping points can go either way.
Whether Members of Congress choose to believe Petraeus' reassurances over the assessments of the U.S. intelligence community could prove decisive in the July drawdown of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
Instead of focusing on metrics that matter, U.S. officials have decided to trumpet enemy body count. Apparently, the number of dead insurgents, not civilians, is now the barometer for determining the campaign's efficacy.
The detention of journalists for trying to provide an independent voice on security incidents in Afghanistan undermines Western governments' otherwise positive efforts to support free media there in the past 10 years.
We see the cost of war, but it doesn't affect -- or prevent -- our decisions. We actually, finally, have to stop making people like the nine children who died, pay it.
I am teaching a college class at the end of March. The class will be at a small Catholic liberal arts college in western Pennsylvania. What will I say to them?
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People rightly complain that there is not enough reporting about Afghanistan policy. Put Petraeus on the witness stand; I guarantee the press will come.
I think that the many tributes to Richard Holbrooke are important and wonderful, but I want folks to see beyond caricatures of a very complex and important global player.
General David Petraeus, in a rare public show of indecorum, last week suggested that corruption has been a part of Afghan culture since the country ca...
David Petraeus' undue, mythic standing is a perfect example of how the compelling demand for a hero creates the illusion that indeed a savior has arrived.
Many terrorism experts have claimed most of the 9/11 planning took place in Hamburg and not Afghanistan; thus, it's fair to wonder why the U.S. is not conducting night raids in Germany.
Gabor Rona International Legal Director Torture architect Prof. John Yoo had an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal the other day, following the convict...