Archive for 2009

Afghan Policy Remains in the Dark Ages

This article was originally posted on The Huffington Post. Shoot ‘em, whack ‘em, bomb ‘em. Are we not tired of this type of approach? It’s like a perpetual sequel of The Terminator. Let’s face it, President Obama gave a fairly strong speech. No, it wasn’t great. However, this is not because the President lacks commitment […]

OBAMA's WAR: The Next Best Steps in Afghanistan?

This article was originally posted at The World Policy Institute. Tonight, America’s commander-in-chief will address the nation to outline his new Afghanistan strategy. Among other things, this means many of the West Point cadets in the audience will learn what their immediate futures have in store. According to White House officials, President Obama will comply […]

Face Off: Afghanistan

Tune into my segment with Max Boot and Jeremy Schahill on Lou Dobbs. “

President Obama: Afghanistan Needs More Than a Military Solution

Because the military has become the “go-to” choice for conducting US foreign policy, it’s no wonder General McChrystal felt he could (and should) go directly to the Europeans to plead the case for his Afghanistan plan. The civil service no longer has the capacity to perform its national security duties, so the military has stepped […]

Call a Jirga not a Runoff in Afghanistan

If the U.S. and international community are serious about this intervention and having any kind of political success (and less war) in Afghanistan, it should call a Loya Jirga, or a “grand assembly”. Read the full article here The Huffington Post.