From CSIS: ‘How the US Must Expand and Redefine International Cooperation in Fighting Terrorism’

Full paper here.

It was part of Obama’s strategy to include as much international help as possible…and that means Europe especially.  Where is our common ground?

Moreover, this struggle is not driven by a handful of extremists. It is driven by ideological, political, demographic, and economic forces that are virtually certain to make extremist violence an enduring threat for at least the next decade and probably the next quarter century.’

Also: From Commonweal: Andrew Bacevich “The War We Can’t Win: Afghanistan And The Limits Of American Power”

And:  Philip Bobbitt Discusses His Book ‘Terror And Consent’ On Bloggingheads

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From Anthony Cordesman At CSIS: ‘U.S. Strategy In Afghanistan’

Full post here.

“Those who call for a “withdrawal or exit strategy” do not describe what happens after the exit. They often provide useful warning and diagnostics about the current strategy, but do not describe an actual strategy of their own.”

If not a troop build-up in Afghanistan, what next?  A Pan-Arab strategy?  What are the points of contact…the greatest threats…our moral obligations…diplomacy?

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