Regions / Afghanistan
Afghanistan is a crossroads of civilizations and an almost bewilderingly complicated place.
Yes, it would be funny if it weren't so grim. After all, when it comes to squandering money and resources in strange and distant places (or even here at home), you can count on the practitioners of American-style war to be wildly over the top.
Iraq and Afghanistan may be a lot less ready for democracy than we think.
Agribusiness, an industry that found a way to profit during the Vietnam War, is emerging as a beneficiary of U.S. post-conflict policies in the Middle East as well.
Reluctance to withdraw from Afghanistan is only a symptom of the investment American political elites have in global military hegemony.
Consider the following statement offered by Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at a news conference last week. He was discussing Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks as well as the person who has taken responsibility for the vast, still ongoing Afghan War document dump at that site.
No individual code of conduct will bring about the huge changes in Afghanistan that are necessary for counterinsurgency to be effective.
As the situation become increasingly dire, dubious plans are emerging in an attempt to "save" the war effort.
Have you ever thought about just how strange this country's version of normal truly is? Let me make my point with a single, hardly noticed Washington Post news story that's been on my mind for a while. It represents the sort of reporting that, in our world, zips by with next to no reaction, despite the true weirdness buried in it.
One reason the leak will not become Pentagon Papers 2.0 is that the contents tend to confirm, rather than contradict, news about Afghanistan.