The bottom line is clear: Our vital interests in Afghanistan are limited and military victory is not the key to achieving them. On the contrary, waging a lengthy counterinsurgency war in Afghanistan may well do more to aid Taliban recruiting than to dismantle the group, help spread conflict further into Pakistan, unify radical groups that might otherwise be quarreling amongst themselves, threaten the long-term health of the U.S. economy, and prevent the U.S. government from turning its full attention to other pressing problems. -- Afghanistan Study Group

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Special note for Thursday, August 11, 2016

I want to let you know about this piece by Scott Anderson, published by the NYT, an in-depth history of the currently deeply troubled Arab lands. With photos and graphics, it's more than 100 pages -- a book, really, rather than a magazine article.

But with the current vacuous and inflammatory political discourse about IS, and the U.S. role and responsibility in the region, it's our obligation to be well informed.

I'll do a regular update as events warrant, but it's good to take time to look back and understand.

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