Washington’s Twenty-First-Century Opium Wars

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by Alfred W. McCoy After fighting the longest war in its history, the United States stands at the brink of defeat in Afghanistan. How can this be possible? How could the world’s sole superpower have battled continuously for 15 years,… Continue Reading  

Two Versions of the U.S. Destruction of a Hospital in Afghanistan

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by Laura Gottesdiener When people ask me what my new job is like, I tell them that I wake up very early and count the dead. When I say “very early,” I mean a few minutes after four a.m., as the… Continue Reading  

Afghan Army Now Ready … to Lose to the Taliban

Afghan National Army (ANA) cadets practice drills on the parade grounds at the Afghan National Defense University in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 7, 2013. The university trained future ANA officers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dustin Payne/Released)

by Charles Knight One need not be prophetic to sense a bad outcome for the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Almost nothing has gone by plan since the Bush administration joined forces with the Northern Alliance in 2001 to kick the… Continue Reading  

Afghanistan “far from ready to assume responsibility for security” for 2014 withdrawal

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By Paul Mutter The International Crisis Group has issued a report strongly critical of the expectations being advanced by US policymakers that Afghanistan will be “stable” enough by 2014 for a handover of national security to Kabul: A repeat of previous… Continue Reading  

Libya and the specter of the unknown

By Reza Sanati Just as the fall of Kabul and Baghdad ignited a spate of jubilation and self-vindication from proponents of intervention in those countries, the fall of Tripoli has reincarnated this pattern, both from humanitarian interventionists and their U.S.-interest… Continue Reading