If we think of Carthage not as Tripoli, but as Libya, our title makes sense. Supremely calculating, President Obama doesn’t seem motivated to do anything…
National Security Council
To the Observer, the idea of trying to make Karzai a more central player in efforts to root out corruption in his own government sounds like giving Al Capone a more central role in cleaning up Chicago.
The New York Times reported on February 10 the following: ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan has told the United States it wants a central role in…
U.N. SHOULD IMMEDIATELY ASSUME CONTROL OVER ELECTIONS IN AFGHANISTAN, POSTPONE SECOND ROUND IF NECESSARY (developing)
LAST EXIT ON THE ROAD TO DEFEAT IN AFGHANISTAN
Suggestions for U.N. Security Council Resolution under Chapter VII
The situation in Afghanistan is desperate. As President Obama and his advisers debate how many additional troops to send to Afghanistan—at this time…the debate…does not address the diplomatic and political failures which have led to our current predicament….If their critical nature and root causes are not grasped and addressed, the dispatch of additional troops to Afghanistan will not reverse a deteriorating situation, just as the dispatch of additional troops in 2008 and earlier this year failed to halt the advances of the Taliban.
One overriding fact remains. Our diplomacy in Afghanistan has not been successful. It has failed. It has failed in a catastrophic way.
Following catastrophic diplomatic and political failures, we may need a new diplomatic team in Kabul, better decision-making structures and personnel at State, more vigorous Congressional oversight, and a whole rethink of whether the “aid and development” element of our strategy in Afghanistan, as currently implemented, makes any sense given our experience on the ground. Certainly we need to bear in mind that our counter-insurgency strategy in Iraq, to the extent it has been successful, has depended in critical part on free elections and the development of a legitimate government that could gain the support of the population. Finally, we should never lose sight of the fact that what we do about the election fraud in Afghanistan will have profound repercussions in Iran, and beyond.