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Afghan in Exile: Taking a Stand Against the Karzai Cartel

Michael Hughes | Posted 07.12.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

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.

The Ambassador's Toast: Remembering Richard Holbrooke

Priya Bery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Priya Bery

Holbrooke's style of diplomacy, rooted in taking risks and championing humanity, is something we must pass on for generations and cultivate in future in leaders.

Road to peace in Afghanistan doesn't run through Islamabad or Langley

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

Most Afghans cringe when hearing the words "regional settlement" because to them it's nothing more than a euphemism for the meddling of foreign powers...

Failure of the Afghan Surge

James Denselow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Denselow

The reason why the US has been in Afghanistan for so long is not because it wants to be there but because it has no idea how to leave.

Richard Holbrooke's Game-Changing Diplomacy

Parag Khanna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Parag Khanna

A chief lesson all diplomats need to learn from Holbrooke is that diplomats have a higher calling than just representing the "national interest." They should think fundamentally about the end-state -- helping others help themselves.

Failure, Not Progress, in Afghanistan

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

The Obama administration is kidding itself if it thinks the American people will buy its latest attempted whitewash of the failure of the escalation strategy in Afghanistan.

The Greatness of Richard Holbrooke

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Heilbrunn

Richard Holbrooke, who died Monday, may well have been America's greatest diplomat of the past several decades.

McChrystal Clear: When Warriors Are Faced With Politics

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

General McChrystal needed a way out of what was becoming for him an unbearable burden: the conflict between the best interests of his country and the best interests of the soldiers who served under him.

Which Top Afghanistan Officials May Be The Next To Go?

AOL News | andrea stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama said he accepted Gen. Stanley McChrystal's resignation because it was "time for all of us to come together." But some observers...

General McChrystal's Ghost

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

General Stanley McChrystal is out. But the disastrous counterinsurgency campaign he put in place is still grinding away in Afghanistan. That's got to change.

Elections in Iraq and Escalation in Afghanistan: Paying For A "Violent Semi-Peace"

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

This weekend Iraqis turned out in the millions to vote in their 2010 parliamentary elections. By most accounts, it was a relative success. There were ...

War Porn

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

If no definition of success exists other than a warm fuzzy feeling in the administration's collective gut, we don't have a strategy in Afghanistan.

An Endstate Strategy in Afghanistan, Not Exit Strategy

Jonathan Morgenstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Morgenstein

Exit strategy implies that the top military priority is getting our troops out. An endstate strategy envisions what we want the conditions on the ground to look like and figures out how to get there.

The Dick Cheney Of Pakistan

Rani Singh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rani Singh

Gilani's entry into politics was via the Muslim League during General Zia-ul-Haq's martial law in 1978 when he was inducted into the party's Central Working Committee.

Richard Holbrooke: Able and Insufferable

John Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Brown

I should think that someone who knows something about history, like Mr. Holbrooke, should realize the quagmire we are getting ourselves into at a time of economic crisis here at home.

Sam Stein

Holbrooke: Afghanistan Is Not Vietnam | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Afghanistan is not another Vietnam, Richard Holbrooke declared on Sunday, in what was, perhaps, the most forceful pushback against concern and critici...

Extreme Conscription: Recruiting the Taliban for America's Fight

Vikrum Aiyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vikrum Aiyer

While normally the US should exhaust all diplomatic channels, Obama should exercise great caution when it comes to talking with the Taliban, as it comes with one too many concerns.

Obama Backpedals On Afghan Troop Surge

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

We may soon witness a reverse triple back flip with pike by the Obama administration over his campaign promise of increasing troop numbers in Afghanistan.

Holbrooke's Challenge in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Ken Bacon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Bacon

Richard Holbrooke will be working with U.S. and allied forces to bring peace and prosperity to Afghanistan and Pakistan. The problem is that the U.S. programs in these countries often conflict.

Holbrooke Under Consideration For South Asia Diplomatic Role | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President -elect Barack Obama is seriously considering giving former ambassador Richard Holbrooke a key role in handling diplomacy in south Asia, a mo...