Afghanistan

The Agony of Prudence

Among Dana Carvey's most brilliant sketches on Saturday Night Live were his dead-perfect impersonations of President George H. W. Bush, which made a permanent...

Stuck

The United States cannot win the war in Afghanistan. Are we willing to lose it? Evidently not quite yet.The White House’s interim Afghanistan policy review,...

Obama’s Vietnam?

President Barack Obama’s strategy for “breaking the momentum” of the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan has come under increasing scrutiny after General Stanley...

Absurd, or Worse

The reductio ad absurdum, as dialecticians of all stripes will tell you, is a simple and elegant way to disprove a false proposition. Assume the proposition is true...

Obama’s Surge

After three months of careful deliberation, President Barack Obama announced his strategy for bringing the eight-year-long war in Afghanistan “to a successful...

Why Are We There?

The war to overthrow the Taliban's government in Afghanistan seemed over almost before it began in late 2001, but the war to push the Taliban out of the country—and...

The Cost of Peace

The Obama administration is clearly determined to reverse Afghanistan's slide into chaos. Since January 2009 we have seen a new military commander and ambassador in...

The War We Can't Win

History deals rudely with the pretensions of those who presume to determine its course. In an American context, this describes the fate of those falling prey to the...

The Two Afghanistans

In Afghanistan, every time we start any new thing, we say Bismillah al-rahman al-rahim—in the name of Allah, the merciful, the compassionate,” declared my twenty-...
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Imperial Illusions

January 1, 2013 | 0 comments