Last Friday, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown delivered a major address on Afghanistan here in London. The speech was to mark a major change in British policy meant to refocus British efforts in this war and bring more resources across government to bear. The media did not favorably review the speech in part because it lacked passion and offered no new or persuasive arguments to convince a skeptical public that the effort in Afghanistan was indeed worth the costs.
The Bundeswehr has evolved from refusing to kill known militants to calling in air strikes based on flimsy evidence. The German deployment has been a complete failure. The Bundeswehr is consistently undermining the allied tasks in Afghanistan and should either reevaluate or withdraw.
Back in March, Zhou Xiochuan, head of China's central bank, created quite a stir when he suggested the need for an international currency to replace the dollar. Now, the United Nations has followed suit.
In politics, as in everyday life, good deeds often don’t go unpunished. Intent on bridging the toxic ideological divide in the US, Barack Obama has chosen to govern from the center. As the debate over healthcare legislation glaringly illustrates, however, the political center has all but vanished in domestic politics. The president is about to discover that it is quickly disappearing in foreign affairs as well. It is not in his or the country’s interest to accelerate the process.
The debate on the pros and cons of Afghanistan is raging inside the Beltway. And it is a bit unsettling.
On the one side are those who say no, America has no national interests in Afghanistan — and yes, it’s a war of choice: let’s leave the hellhole and get out asap. On the other side are those who say yes, our security is on the line and al-Qaeda must be defeated in Afghanistan — and no, it’s a war of necessity
ISAF's mission is to help the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) defeat the insurgency threatening their country. Protecting the Afghan people is the mission. The Afghan people will decide who wins this fight, and we (GIROA and ISAF) are in a struggle for their support. The effort to gain and maintain that support must inform every action we take. Essentially, we and the insurgents are presenting an argument for the future to the people of Afghanistan: they will decide which argument is the most attractive, most convincing, and has the greatest chance of success.