White House photos taken at critical points in history are worth a thousand words.
We were seriously wrong and clearly overestimated the good intentions of the American military presence in Afghanistan.
By going after the Taliban instead of singling out al-Qaida in the early days of calm following Kabul's collapse in late 2001, the Americans took off after the wrong target.
If the president wants sanctions to work he should use them as a scalpel, not as a blunderbuss.
The only justification for the current international presence in Afghanistan, and even for the increase in troops, is the rule of the tableware shop: The customer who breaks a plate pays for it.
In the past, the United States has used accusation of such activity as conducting terrorist activities or the possession of weapons of mass destruction as an excuse to launch military campaigns against certain Muslim countries in an effort to interfere in their affairs and usurp their resources. Now, once again, the [Read more]
Counterterrorism efforts should prioritize imagination, understood as the evolutionary study of threats.
Perhaps Trump benefited from the anti-Islamic atmosphere in many countries in the world, as he speaks frankly about Muslim extremism. We have seen many such campaigns during the past few weeks between supporters and opponents of this position.
However, Trump and his agitating rhetoric have not taken into account [Read more]