Five Questions for Trump on Afghanistan
On Monday, President Donald Trump finally explained to the American people why an expansion of U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan is necessary to defend our national-security interests. Now that President Trump has become the third consecutive commander-in-chief to increase …
What is it we are doing in Afghanistan? What do we think we are doing in Afghanistan? All we can say with any confidence is that the former and the latter bear only a theoretical relationship.
The United States invaded …
The Afghan War Is America’s Most Democratic Conflict
As we reflect on Trump’s renewed commitment to the war in Afghanistan, it’s worth remembering that in many ways it’s not only America’s longest conflict, it’s also our most democratic war. We launched it at …
Trump Was Right to Acknowledge His Flip-Flop on Afghanistan
Lost in the details of Donald Trump’s address last night was one extremely notable point: the fact that the president admitted he had changed his mind on the issue of American military involvement abroad.
Trump has long been known …
I thought it was quite good. A few points:
— The passage at the beginning showed the unifying potential of Trump’s nationalism, although obviously he’s made it a much harder sell by how he’s conducted himself, especially with …
Have Afghan Refugees in Europe Launched a ‘Rape Jihad’?
One of the hallmarks of jihadists is their grotesque savagery against women. The classic Hollywood picture of a jihadist as a pure, pious young Muslim man is largely nonsense. The reality is far more brutish. The tales of sex slavery …
Trump and the Foreign-Policy Establishment
Speaking to a number of governors in February, Donald Trump unburdened himself, “We have to win. We have to start winning wars again.#…#We never win and we don’t fight to win. We’ve either got to win or …
The MOAB Attack on ISIS Was a Beautiful Bargain
Once again, the Trumpophobic Left has proved that it will not give President Donald J. Trump credit for anything, not even erasing Islamofascist killers who are the sworn enemies of every American — even those who despise Trump.
Acting on what …
Editor’s Note: Digging In: Further Collected Writings of Jay Nordlinger is now available, here. The book has six chapters, starting with “People.” Here on the website, we will run one piece from each chapter. The below piece, from the …
Comparing Bush’s Iraq Surge and Obama’s Afghanistan About-Face
Eight years ago this month, Barack Obama explained his warfighting plans to the American people.
I want Iraqis to take responsibility for their own future, and to reach the political accommodation necessary for long-term stability. That’s victory. That’s …
Trump’s Failures on the Easy Stuff Overshadow His Successes on the Hard Stuff
The last week was the Trump presidency in a nutshell. When faced with a situation that called for him to do one of the many easy things Americans expect of their president, he repeatedly failed. But when asked to do …
Trump’s Afghan Escalation
President Trump doesn’t want to lose a war on his watch and that’s a good thing.
He had a choice. On one hand, he could follow his instinct to pull out of Afghanistan, act on his many bumptious …
Donald Trump Decided Not to Lose the War in Afghanistan
Last night, Donald Trump did the responsible thing. He reneged on a campaign promise to avoid losing a war. That’s exactly what we want presidents to do when they win elections, learn new information, and begin to fully understand …
Trump’s Tough Call on Afghanistan
Today on the click-through: Trump’s Afghanistan speech and why he had to take the path he wanted to avoid; why Trump may need a new “ideas guy” with Steven Bannon gone; and the New York Times unintentionally veers into …
On Afghanistan, Trump Is Right to Hesitate
Secretary of Defense James Mattis and other military men are often said to provide a stabilizing influence in the Trump administration, helping moderate the reckless policies favored by the president and his hardline chief strategist, Steve Bannon. But when it …
The Media Miss the Mark on Afghanistan
The press is missing something lately. The media myopia for the on-again-off-again Russia matters of late has drawn important attention away from one actual, ongoing threat: a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan and the possibility of a renewed terrorist safe haven …
Lost amid the coverage of the Comeydämmerung is a huge story that isn’t getting the attention it deserves. The United States is preparing to go back to war in Afghanistan.
The Washington Post reports:
President Trump’s most …
Sangin, Bloody Sangin, and Wretched Afghanistan
Sources on the ground in Afghanistan tell American Military News that on January 1st, 2017 Afghanistan time, Sangin, widely known for the battle that took place there in 2010, has been completely retaken by the Taliban from the Afghan National Army.
— American …
BREAKING: Attackers Enter American University of Afghanistan in Kabul
8:04 AM: The BBC is reporting that 13 people have been killed:
Thirteen people, including seven students, died in an attack by gunmen on the American University in the Afghan capital Kabul, police say.
Two attackers were also shot dead by security …
Is the Obama Administration Changing Its Strategy in Afghanistan?
Akhtar Mansour, the leader of the Taliban, is dead. As he was returning from Iran, his car was hit by a missile fired from an American military drone in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province. The U.S. had not previously conducted …