The trends in America's engagement in Afghanistan bothered Richard Holbrooke greatly, and it's important for the Obama administration to take serious account of Holbrooke's concerns as the next steps on Afghanistan are weighed.
The redeployment of senior players in Obama's national security team will have no consequential effect on American foreign policy or on defense spending.
The death of the world's most wanted terrorist is building up pressure on the United States government to end our country's longest-running war. The question now is whether the American public and its leaders are willing to invest in a long-term strategy for peace.
Two developments -- from the use of key intelligence that came from means that didn't include torture to the president's decision to not release photos of a dead bin Laden -- demonstrate a more deliberate way of fighting this war.
President Barack Obama has no shortage of nasty critics at home, including the present gong show known as the Republican presidential field. But despi...
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.