Sunday, February 18, 2018

Commentary on Afghanistan

Time Running Out for Afghanistan. Mike Gallagher, a Marine veteran and U.S. Congressman, provides his perspective on the Afghan conflict - "In Afghanistan, Hard is not Hopeless - but Time is Running Out", Real Clear Defense, February 12, 2018.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul's View on Afghanistan. A fiscal conservative, Senator Paul says our time in Afghanistan should come to a close. We are now embarked on a mission of nation-building and it is too costly. Read "Is Senator Rand Paul Right about Afghanistan?", Conservative HQ, February 12, 2018.

Current Afghan Strategy Is the Right One. Gary Anderson, a retired USMC colonel and former civilian advisor in Afghanistan, provides his thoughts on why the current strategy in Afghanistan is the correct one. (The Washington Times, Feb 15, 2018).

A Call to Continue Kinetic and TAA. Alicia Chavy, a columnist associated with the Georgetown Security Studies Review, advocates for a continuation of kinetic strikes against the Taliban and the train, advise, and assist mission to further develop the Afghan security forces. Read "Amid Recent Terrorist Attacks, US and NATO-led Efforts in Afghanistan Must Persist", GSSR, February 16, 2018.

NDS Needs to Improve. Kabul has been the target of some major terrorist attacks by the Taliban and IS-KP in recent months. The uptick in the violence has the city's residents pointing fingers at the Afghan government. Javid Ahmad, a Non-Resident Fellow with the Atlantic Council and West Point's War Institute, presents his views on the failures of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in "The Major Flaws in Afghanistan's Intelligence War", The National Interest, February 12, 2018.

Afghans Abroad Need to Help Afghanistan. M. Ashraf Haidari, the Director-General of Policy & Strategy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, believes that Afghans living abroad should try to assist their home country with the challenges it faces. Read "Securing the Future of Afghanistan: The Diaspora's Debt of Service", The Diplomat, February 13, 2018.

Some 'Inconvenient Truths' about America's War in Afghanistan. Danny Sjursen, a fellow at Defense Priorities and combat veteran, expresses his views about the Afghan conflict. "America has done all it can in Afghanistan - more troops won't 'win' us anything", The Hill, February 11, 2018.

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