October marks the nineteenth anniversary of Operation Enduring Freedom, the United States’ military intervention in Afghanistan. The war accomplished its key goals effectively, at least initially. The Taliban were quickly removed from power, and al Qaeda was decimated. But the American led coalition was unable to prevent the Taliban from regrouping, and the subsequent nearly two decades have seen casualties mount for America, our NATO allies, and especially Afghan government forces and the country’s civilian population. Just last week, a car bomb targeting a government building in Nangarhar province killed 15 and injured more than 40.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — October 23, 2020
Turkey’s withdrawal in Idlib may be omen of war — Fehim Tastekin, Al-Monitor
Evo Morales Is Back, Except He Isn’t — Terry Glavin, National Post
Bolivia’s MAS Socialists Are Back. What’s Next? — Brendan O’Boyle, Amer. Quarterly
EU’s Sakharov Prize for Belarus dissidents sends a strong signal — Christian F. Trippe, DW
US and allies prioritize Indonesia as potential counterweight to China — Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner
Growing North Korean Nuclear Threat Awaits US Election Winner — Deb Riechmann, AP
The Rise of The Corporate Censors: How America Is Drifting Toward The Chinese Model Of Media — Jonathan Turley
Biden ‘has political capital’ to engage with Iran — Kourosh Ziabari, Asia Times
Risk to America of maintaining forever-war status quo dangerously high — Daniel Davis, Military Times
U.S. Foreign Policy Never Recovered from War on Terror — Matt Duss, Foreign Affairs
Is America ready to return to the Obama-Biden foreign policy? — Fred Gedrich, The Hill
There’s Not a Russian Under Every Bed — Rich Lowry, Politico
Pollster Frank Luntz: If Trump defies polls again in 2020, ‘my profession is done’ — Joe Concha, The Hill