After Afghanistan, How Probable Is Peace?

September 07, 2021

As the world speculates about the future of Afghanistan, some key figures in the West — with a vested interest in how things evolve militarily — are today claiming to show the clairvoyance that has consistently failed them in the past. Many have criticized President Joe Biden’s...

Afghanistan: A Final Nail in the Coffin of American Foreign Policy

August 27, 2021

When the United States began Operation Enduring Freedom, leading its forces into Afghanistan to empower local resistance to oust the Taliban, Afghans around the world cheered in sheer jubilance. The unipolar hero that is the United States of America had come to save the day and defeat the wicked...

Joe Biden Meets Afghanistan’s Leaders as the Country Faces Collapse

June 25, 2021

The security situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating dramatically. The Taliban have captured the country’s border crossing to Tajikistan. Prospects of civil war have risen. Even as the US withdrawal gains momentum, Afghan leaders are visiting Washington to meet President Joe Biden on June...

The West’s Middle Eastern Playbook

July 16, 2020

Success has many fathers, failure is an orphan, the wise ones say. I would add that failure suddenly gets you dumped like a hot potato in the hands of your benefactors. You don’t believe me? Just ask the Libyan has-been, Khalifa Haftar, at one time considered the best game in town by his...

The Gray Lady and Withdrawing US Troops From Afghanistan

March 02, 2020

The New York Times editorial board weighs in with its ethical take on the news of the agreement with Taliban leaders to end the US military presence in Afghanistan. The newspaper’s editorial describes the peace deal as “a ticket out of Afghanistan for American troops who’ve been there far...

“The Bleeding Wound” — Afghanistan and the Implosion of America

February 26, 2019

Donald Trump was right that Russia’s Afghan misadventure is a remarkably logical place to start when considering the present American debacle in that same country. As I approach 75, I’m having a commonplace experience for my age. I live with a brain that’s beginning to dump previously...

Can the Afghan Peace Process Succeed?

January 28, 2019

Talks with the Taliban must include long-term, patient efforts to negotiate and resolve the disagreements between the Afghans on the issue of peace. In 2018, Afghanistan witnessed rapid changes in the ongoing peace process. In early February, President Ashraf Ghani extended an unconditional...

How Washington Created a Never-Ending Blowback Machine

March 22, 2018

One form of blowback from the disastrous wars that were meant to create the basis for a Pax Americana helped to produce the conditions that put Donald Trump in the White House. You want to see “blowback” in action? That's easy enough. All you need is a vague sense of how Google search...