Month: October 21, 2009

Oct 21,2009

Hear me now and believe me later!

[Post bumped and updated] Tomorrow (Wednesday) evening at 6:30pm, I’ll be part of a panel discussion on the topic of “Afghanistan: Should We Stay Or Should We Go?” Details here....

Oct 21,2009

Counterterrorism vs. Counterinsurgency

Can you put that in layman’s terms? Which one has a better chance of working? Option 1: Counterterrorism. Robert Pape: Fortunately, the United States does not need to station large...

Oct 21,2009

Taliban [heart] Al Qaeda?

What is the relationship between the Taliban and Al Qaeda? If the Taliban take control, will there be an open door for Al Qaeda? Option 1: Absolutely. Bruce Riedel (interviewed...

Oct 21,2009

“Af-Pak” or different wars?

Pakistan has Al Qaeda and nuclear weapons. Isn’t Afghanistan just a sideshow? Option 1: Yes, Pakistan is what really matters. Newsweek: Joe Biden had a question. During a long Sunday...

Oct 21,2009

The graveyard of empires?

Look what happened to the Soviets. Isn’t the lesson clear? Option 1: Clear as crystal. Russ Feingold: We also ignore the lessons of history by pursuing a drawn-out military mission...

Oct 21,2009

Shouldn’t the Afghans fight their own war?

This isn’t one of my original five questions, but it’s important enough to be number six. In the end, the stability of Afghanistan depends on Afghan forces standing up to...