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Beyond Afghanistan’s ‘Graveyard for the Living’
Even before President Trump’s bungled diplomacy undercut months of patient effort by his envoy, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, the notoriously doctrinaire Taliban have shown little taste for compromise. Their rhetoric, which always tends toward the histrionic, is now triumphalist.
September 24, 2019
An Elusive Peace in Afghanistan
Free from Washington interference, the US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad pulled off a seemingly impossible feat. On March 12, after sixteen straight days of talks, US and Taliban negotiators wrapped up a significant part of the complex deal that could finally bring an end to the Afghan war.
March 27, 2019
In Kabul, Echoes of Saigon
Despite the shadow of Vietnam, for Afghans the melancholy fact is that the American public is not much engaged with what happens in Afghanistan, either way. Instead, it is looking more like the abandonment they suffered after the Soviets left in 1989.
August 28, 2018
Why Are We Abandoning the Afghans?
What will Afghanistan look like in 2014, after a dozen years of occupation, more than 2,800 NATO soldiers killed, and an expenditure of $1 trillion? If the participants in this week’s NATO summit in Chicago are to be believed, what they will leave behind is little more than a series of fortresses in enemy territory.
May 22, 2012
Our War Against the Pashtuns
The war in Afghanistan has always been an Afghan civil war, as well as a war between the Taliban and Western forces. The fact is that a plurality of Afghans are rural Pashtuns. By tipping the military balance in favor of the non-Pashtun nationalities, the US and NATO intervention has motivated Pashtuns to fight against the western forces. The tragic reality is that the presence and actions of the US forces themselves have contributed to Taliban support. If there was any doubt about that before the burning of the Korans and the massacre by Sergeant Robert Bales in Kandahar, there can be no doubt now.
April 3, 2012
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