Sunday, March 25, 2018

Commentary on Afghanistan

Taliban and Peace Talks? Antonio Giustozzi, a long-time observer of all things Afghanistan, comments on the prospects of the insurgents engaging in peace talks. Many observers think the Taliban are not accepting President Ghani's latest proposals because of the recent success the insurgents have had in the rural areas of Afghanistan. But Giustozzi points to a number of other contributing factors. Read "Do the Taliban Have any Appetite for Reconciliation with Kabul?", Center for Research & Policy Analysis, March 19, 2018.

Pentagon Propaganda. A columnist for Task & Purpose throws the red BS flag out on recent news reports by the Department of Defense about progress being made in Afghanistan. Paul Szoldra says "the flaks in the Pentagon's press office seem to be working overtime to convince you that everything is fine, remain calm in the dumpster fire that is the War in Afghanistan". Read The Pentagon is Really Ramping Up the High Quality Bullsh*t About AfghanistanTask & Purpose, March 23, 2018.

Why Peace Talks are the Way Forward. Vikram J. Singh, a senior advisor for national security and international policy at American Progress, says the U.S. can't continue down the same failed path. His first three paragraphs sum up the current situation in Afghanistan quite adequately; although I am not sure I agree with the conclusion. Read "Why Peace Talks Are Washington's Best Bet in Afghanistan", Foreign Affairs, March 21, 2018.

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