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In Depth: Terrorism and Afghanistan

28 Jun 2013

Islamic Terror: Decentralized, Franchised, Global

As President Obama scales back on the War on Terror, al-Qaeda and its mutations have decentralized and spread, and by now are poised to strike in unexpected places.
27 Jun 2012

Of Thee I Sigh: Baby Boomers Bust

P. J. O'Rourke laments that the baby boomers have betrayed America’s legacy of boldness and achievement by replacing hopeful thinking with wishful thinking, bold ideas with benign idealism, and the belief that we can make things better with make-believe.
28 Feb 2012

It’s Not Just Al-Qaeda: Stability in the Most Dangerous Region

In a region defined by historic and violent divides, hostile intent, and nukes, the US and NATO have no viable alternative but to stay the course. 
27 Dec 2011

The Next al-Qaeda? Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Future of Terrorism in South Asia

Lashkar-e-Taiba has morphed from a militia operating in Kashmir to a regional broker with designs on becoming the next global terror network.
1 Sep 2011

The Value of Values: Soft Power Under Obama

The president’s treatment of crises in Iran, Russia, and Egypt suggests that
 while Obama may be for “soft power,” he’s not so sure about America’s moral authority to project it.

1 Mar 2010

Afghan Ghosts: American Myths

Jonathan Steele covered the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Now he reflects on how things have changed—and how they haven’t.
1 Mar 2011

Decision Time: The Dueling Memoirs of Gerhard Schröder and George W. Bush

In his memoir, President Bush recalls a 2002 meeting in which Chancellor Schröder vowed to support the Iraq War. Schröder says that Bush is “not telling the truth.” If only he had the same standards for his own memoir.
1 Dec 2009

Phony War: Afghanistan and the Democrats

Most Americans in 2003 thought that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were complementary theaters. Yet a brief review of the two wars not only suggests that such a view is mistaken, but also that it is disingenuous...
1 Jan 2010
15 Dec 2010

Fresh Approach: It’s Time for the Afghans to Leave Afghanistan

areas. The ultimate safe haven is a secure and prosperous country ...

2 Dec 2013

On the Brink of Failure in Afghanistan

The US has spent $54 billion and lost 2,100 lives in Afghanistan, where talks over troop withdrawal are going nowhere and the Taliban threat looms large. Will it all end in failure?
30 Nov 2011

Watch Out

of the country. I don’t know what’s coming next, but it’s not at all likely ...

8 Jun 2008

Another Wave of Afghan Arabs?

them in any country.” The tribal leader arrived in Washington last week. ...

5 Feb 2013

The Superpower Takes a Breather

remains the only country on earth that can project massive amounts of power ...

2 May 2011

Now Get Qaddafi

high on it now that NATO war planes are bombing his country ...

30 Jun 2010

Syria Must Be Contained, Not Engaged

decide Syria ought to be next. Most of the country’s leadership is from ...

18 Sep 2008

Al Qaeda’s Defeat in Iraq

critical country in the heart of the Arab Middle East than with a primitive ...

10 Aug 2011

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Discontents

for everything wrong with the country? “Okay then,� he said and smiled. “Have ...

7 Jan 2004

History and Total War

time. It feels remote, though it is not. Our country is still embroiled ...

17 Sep 2007

Anbar Awakens Part II: Hell is Over

will happen to our Iraqi friends if we don’t succeed in this country.” I heard ...