The latest twist in our dubious 'war on terror' is that we aren't killing enough civilians. This is the conclusion of several analyses that find restrictions on military operations hobbling our mission.
The unpalatable truth for the promoters of the 'New Dawn' over the Tigris are that Iranian influence has eclipsed that of the United States, a fact of life regardless of whether we have 130,000 troops on the ground or 13.
Drone attacks are terrorism too. Killing entire families, including women and children, in the "border" areas of the "AF-PAK" theater to hit one "militant" or "extremist," without charge or trial, repeated countless times.
Islamist terrorist arrests across this country since last January run the gamut. White and black, young and middle-aged, single and married, homegrown and foreign born, and legal and illegal immigrants.
The US must abandon the illusions that American well-being depends on shaping the affairs of other places wherever something happens that discomforts us; and that people in those places want us to take custody of their well-being.
A coalition government in Afghanstan, while supposedly offering the best of both worlds, tacitly condones an illegitimate election and would require America to broker power among competing personalities.
Asif Ali Zardari became Pakistan's president thanks to political and financial support from the U.S. and Britain; in exchange, he's facilitated the U.S. war in Afghanistan. That deal is falling apart fast.