Tag: US war in Afghanistan

After Afghanistan, How Probable Is Peace?

After Afghanistan, How Probable Is Peace?

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

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

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...

The West’s Middle Eastern Playbook

The West’s Middle Eastern Playbook

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

The Gray Lady and Withdrawing US Troops From Afghanistan

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...

Can the Afghan Peace Process Succeed?

Can the Afghan Peace Process Succeed?

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

How Washington Created a Never-Ending Blowback Machine

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...

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