Tag Archives: Asia

On Afghanistan, Mr. Trump, trust your instincts, not advice from Generals Groucho, Chico, and Harpo

Mr. President, your ghastly Afghanistan address on 21 August 2017 contained the same old nonsense of your predecessors, such as the mujahedin are thugs and losers who have nothing to with Islam, and Pakistan is the key to Afghanistan. It … Continue reading

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Pity poor America: Obama, Romney, and Foreign Policy

This Tuesday’s Romney-Obama foreign-policy debate will again show Americans that both political parties mean to maintain the lie that has kept the United States losing the war al-Qaeda and its allies declared on us in 1996. There will seem to … Continue reading

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More interventionism = More defense spending

With all eyes focused on the Republicans and Democrats trying to out-incompetent each other on the federal budget, I thought it best to keep quiet until that exercise is complete. But I think the unreality of the whole budget mess … Continue reading

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Not even Wikileaks can help: Obama’s inexplicable diplomacy in South Asia

Below is an essay that I wrote this week for the electronic journal The Diplomat. The title above is my original title. The journal changed it in a way that made it look like I endorsed Wikileaks’ illegal activities. The … Continue reading

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A smaller Afghan role for al-Qaeda is very bad news for the West

Because public discussion about Afghanistan is heated in the wake of another corrupt Afghan parliamentary election, as well as because of rising U.S.-NATO casualties and the start of General Petreaus’s long-delayed Kandahar “offensive,” I have posted below a talk that … Continue reading

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