Regions / Asia & Pacific
With all this talk of freedom, it is important to ask the question, how are Afghan women enduring American-style freedom?
A shift in the nation-building strategy adopted by the international community in Afghanistan is needed.
China watchers will never agree about whether this institutionalized power transition can succeed.
We now know that Rumsfeld urges using "the force necessary to prevail, plus some" and rejects "promising ... not to permit collateral damage."
The fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan in November 2001 presented the international community with an unprecedented opportunity to restore peace and security to a perennial trouble spot.
From Yemen to Kuwait and Pakistan, is the entanglement of the U.S. in the Islamic world actually serving the group's long-term strategy?
Former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee J. William Fulbright's observations and warnings appear deeply relevant to the United States under George W. Bush, particularly in the wake of the publication last week of the administration's sweeping National Security Strategy of the United States of America and its request that Congress authorize a war resolution arguably as broad and as unilateral as the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution approved in the early stages of the Vietnam War.
Afghanistan is beginning to look like a quagmire rather than a victory, with echoes of the confusion and uncertainty and persistent bloodshedding of Vietnam.
Powell's failure to obtain any assurances of further concessions by either side cannot therefore said to be a disappointment.
The current South Asian crisis seems to have ebbed, but the underlying dynamic remains.