Joining the ever expanding series of memoirs from former officials involved in the Afghan and Iraqi wars, Sherard Cowper-Coles has written an immensely readable and insightful account of what appears to be a structurally flawed expedition.
President Barack Obama's political sepulcher will be war. His extinguishment as a political comet could have been avoided if he had respected the exclusive constitutional responsibility of Congress to commence war.
The government's impotence and the staggering insecurity in Afghanistan have left officials with much to gain from partnering with insurgents. I spoke with Crisis Group's Senior Analyst for Afghanistan about the insurgent threat.
The current NATO-led campaign in Afghanistan has reached its ceiling of mission effectiveness. We need to welcome our troops home and provide the best support we can to Afghan citizens as they decide their future.
War is waged to achieve political objectives, not to kill enemies. Politically, the US has achieved nothing in Afghanistan after ten years of desultory war and destruction.
Go figure: today, our "covert" wars are front-page news. What follows are nine common terms associated with our present wars that probably don't mean what you think they mean.
Nearly every donor country has a similar set of priorities: improve agricultural development, train the police, develop the energy sector, improve health care -- and, quite frankly, many are tripping over each other as they attempt to help Afghans.
By not making significant cuts in our troops in Afghanistan or real changes in our strategy, the president's latest plan will leave us stuck in Afghanistan's quicksand for years to come.
All of the data and evidence available makes it clear: the insurgency's momentum and tempo of operations has not been adversely affected by our surge in Afghanistan.
I have a theory that it's all related, and all speeding up at once: global climate change, endless war. We are reaping the seeds we began planting 10,000 years ago, when we left the Garden of Eden and set out to achieve dominion over Planet Earth.
We have spent over $1.3 trillion on the security of Iraq and Afghanistan while at home, America's cities are struggling to balance their budgets and maintain needed public services.
A quiet city in the north of Afghanistan ignited today after yet another NATO night raid reportedly tore another family apart. Thousands of people took to the streets, again chanting, "Death to America!" as they pelted Karzai's billboards with mud and stones.
This Pakistani rush to stack the deck in their favor in Afghanistan will fail. There can only be one legitimate way to obtain stability in Afghanistan; an all Afghan national ratification of a reconciliation process.
That "our man in Kabul" heads a criminal state is anything but breaking news, yet what remains a mystery is America's continual support for the brothers Karzai as the U.S. neglects promoting Afghans whose power isn't derived from drugs, guns and money.
Protests continued across Afghanistan against Florida pastor Terry Jones's March 20 burning of a Koran. The violence killed three UN staffers and four...