The Afghan wife of a good friend called not long ago and asked if I'd accompany her to a wedding in Kabul. I wondered why she wasn't taking her husband. "Oh it is much too dangerous for an American but you would be OK," she exclaimed cheerily.
The city of Chicago and the federal government will be putting on a security extravaganza later this month in part to protect NATO delegates, representing the most powerful military force on the planet, from nonviolent protesters who want to see an end to war.
After going through 23 drafts, the United States and Afghanistan have at last inked a framework strategic partnership agreement to govern their collaboration past the promised 2014 withdrawal of foreign forces.
Having been in the country for the past decade and seized and imprisoned thousands of suspected fighters, the United States has an obligation to help the Afghan government establish a justice system that will treat them fairly. It will surely be blamed later if it doesn't.