Ehsan M. Ahrari, Eurasiareview/YaleGlobal: Lose Now Or Later: America’s Uneasy Choices In Afghanistan – Analysis
Diplomacy and cooperation are missing ingredients – and why the Afghan war drags on into its 16th year.
Donald Trump wants to focus on his “America First” slogan, with budgetary priorities that center on job creation and quick wins in foreign wars. But the lingering war in Afghanistan – both the struggles to defeat extremists or organize peace – will detract from other military endeavors.
The trouble with foreign wars is that, while easy to start, they are hard to finish. The United States learned the bitter lesson after invading Iraq in 2003: Operational victory was easy, but strategic victory defied even the world’s most powerful military. And after sweeping the Taliban from Kabul with a dramatic campaign, the mighty United States remains stuck in Afghanistan
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 5, 2017
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Trump goes soft on Saudi -- Michael Crowley, Politico
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The EU Must Change After the French Election -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg
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Kosovo needs a new beginning -- Kadri Veseli, Euractiv
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