The best way America can establish the infrastructure for long-term security and stability in Afghanistan is less through military means and more through improvements to quality of life and basic services.
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Contrary to popular opinion among U.S. foreign policymakers, the way to undermine growth of insurgencies in Pakistan is not through drone strikes, air and night raids, or covert operations,
The center of gravity in Afghanistan is not the military war, but the "war of ideas." America's version of the Taliban, the KKK, was not defeated. The force of public opinion made them irrelevant.
Though Dr. Ashraf Ghani is unlikely to win the popular vote for president of Afghanistan today, what he has brought to this campaign is a clear victory for the people of his country.
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