Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- January 31, 2012

Members of coalition special operations forces wait for an air drop of supplies in the Shah Joy district in Afghanistan's Zabul province, Afghanistan, Jan. 25, 2012. Such drops help resupply forces in remote areas of Afghanistan. U.S. Navy Petty Officer Petty Officer 2nd Class Jon Rasmussen

Afghanistan: No Escape from Empire’s Graveyard -- Brahma Chellaney, Project Syndicate

NEW DELHI – With the stage set for secret talks in Qatar between the United States and the Taliban, US President Barack Obama’s strategy for a phased exit from war-ravaged Afghanistan is now being couched in nice-sounding terms that hide more than they reveal. In seeking a Faustian bargain with the Taliban, Obama risks repeating US policy mistakes that now haunt regional and international security.

Since coming to office, Obama has pursued an Afghan strategy that can be summed up in three words: surge, bribe, and run. The military mission has now entered the “run” part, or what euphemistically is being called the “transition to 2014.”

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Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials

Get used to it: Intervention in Syria is coming -- Hussein Ibish, NOW Lebanon

Syria slides towards civil war -- Michael Peel, Abigail Fiedling-Smith and Roula Khalaf, Financial Times

Where is Syria crisis heading? -- Nick Thompson, CNN

Saving Syria requires Russia’s cooperation -- Washington Post editorial

Russia has pride, contracts at stake in Syria -- Will Englund, Washington Post

Syria crisis: Why is Russia defending Bashar al-Assad? -- Artyom Krechetnikov, BBC

Russia, and the Putin Rules: A Pessimistic Assessment -- Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes

Germany's Role in the European Debt Crisis
-- George Friedman, Real Clear World/Stratfor

The Oil Off Cuba: Washington and Havana Dance at Arms Length Over Spill Prevention
-- Tim Padgett, Time

The New Falklands War – OpEd -- Eurasia Review

Britain’s Falklands message to Argentina: don’t even think about it -- Niles Gardiner, The Telegraph
A war anniversary that U.S. wishes to forget -- Emil Guillermo, McClatchy News

Obama Exploits the Navy SEALs
-- Leif Babin, Wall Street Journal

Revive Made in USA? Easier said than done -- Parija Kavilanz, CNN

Twitter's censorship cheerleaders
-- Uri Friedman, Foreign Policy

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