While individual night raids are unquestionably effective at getting insurgent leaders, the larger costs of night raids may outweigh the benefits.
Going beyond a surface-level reading one finds a number of eerie similarities between Afghanistan and Vietnam in terms of military, political and strategic blunders committed by the U.S.
"One of the things that people don't appreciate is how dramatically far Afghanistan has come in the last ten years, in terms of the capacity for governance."
The Afghanistan Embassy in Norway apparently gave a frank character assessment of the Minister for Counter Narcotics when it posted his biography online.
The United States and Afghanistan disagree on several points regarding a limited troop presence past 2014, starting with how binding the agreement should be.
The question now is; who should control all of Southern Afghanistan's tribal structure, and ultimately attempt to sooth tensions over what will soon become the full political formation and structure.
Negotiated settlement could well be the most important part of the 2012 reelection campaign. Getting negotiations underway and reporting genuine results could deliver an election-decider to Obama, because it could mean an earlier withdrawal.
Will troop withdrawal leave a vacuum rapidly filled by the march of the Haqqani network?
Afghans must smash and rewrite the dangerous narrative that has so enslaved them over the years by looking to their past and reinstituting sacred tribal institutions to establish a sovereignty based on the true will of the Afghan people.
Washington is abuzz with the headline news that the FBI is accosting two Pakistanis who allegedly have been trying to win influence and influence poli...
Favorable opinion about the U.S. has plunged dismally since the early days of the Obama presidency, but it's not just in popularity terms that Washington has been racking up mind-boggling numbers in the no-friends business.
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.