It took the deaths of 2,300 U.S. soldiers and tens of thousands of Afghans to reach the agreement to end the longest war in U.S. history.
Corruption and the lack of the rule of law is a fundamental cause of the Afghan debacle.
Pakistan’s machinations and America’s past delusions pose obstacles to a successful strategic outcome for the war In Afghanistan.
Pakistan’s hopes to resist mounting U.S. anti-terrorism pressure by aligning itself closer with China and Russia may be disappearing fast.
A policy to win in Afghanistan requires undermining the Taliban’s strategic base – the external support and sanctuary that Pakistan continues to provide.
After 16 years of fighting, dispatching an additional force of 4,000 soldiers will not change anything.
There is no military solution to the war in Afghanistan. The solution to the debacle lies with the Afghan tribes.
Opium is an ever-larger source of funds and legitimacy for the once anti-drug Afghan insurgency.
Pakistan’s generals like to blame their country’s cycle of political violence on foreign forces. In reality, it is largely home-made.