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At least 10 civilians were killed and others wounded in a suspected US bombing on Wednesday during a joint operation with Afghan troops in eastern Afghanistan, an incident being investigated by US military personnel. EFE

There is surely no greater sign of the bankruptcy of American foreign policy than its Afghanistan policy. After 15 years of war and the deployment of hundreds of thousands of troops, a new president entered the Oval Office poised to fundamentally change that policy. Within months he presented, with great fanfare, a continuation of the same. The result: The United States is now firmly locked into its forever war in Afghanistan.

[OP-ED]: Trump Signs on to the Forever War in Afghanistan

 08/31/2017 - 08:47
At least 10 civilians were killed and others wounded in a suspected US bombing on Wednesday during a joint operation with Afghan troops in eastern Afghanistan, an incident being investigated by US military personnel. EFE

There is surely no greater sign of the bankruptcy of American foreign policy than its Afghanistan policy. After 15 years of war and the deployment of hundreds of thousands of troops, a new president entered the Oval Office poised to fundamentally change that policy. Within months he presented, with great fanfare, a continuation of the same. The result: The United States is now firmly locked into its forever war in Afghanistan.

Trump's new Afghan strategy

 08/22/2017 - 05:12
Afghan refugees wait to be processed at a border post in Quetta, Pakistan, on Monday, Aug. 21. EFE/Jamal Taraqai

In a televised speech, Trump said he wants to expand US military intervention in Afghanistan and South Asia. However, he didn't give specific detail on how he plans to do it, how many troops he would commit or how he would evaluate success. 

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[OP-ED]: Mad at everyone

 07/03/2017 - 17:41
Not surprisingly, the system has become self-perpetuating. It feeds on mutual recriminations. On this July 4, the Founders -- who had deep disagreements, but compromised -- would doubtlessly disapprove.

This is the summer of our discontent. As Americans celebrate July 4, they are mad at their leaders, mad at their government and mad at each other. A recent Pew poll finds that “public trust in government remains near historic lows.” Just 20 percent of Americans trust the government to “do the right thing just about always or most of the time.” The comparable figures were 40 percent in 2000 and almost 80 percent in the early 1960s. There has been a long-term loss of trust.

[OP-ED]: Trump stumbles into another decade of war in the Middle East

 06/27/2017 - 09:39
During the campaign, Trump seemed to be genuinely reflective about America’s role in the Middle East. “This is not usually me talking, OK, ‘cause I’m very proactive,” he once said on the subject. EFE

While we have been focused on the results of special elections, the ups and downs of the Russia investigation, and President Trump’s latest tweets, under the radar, a broad and consequential shift in American foreign policy appears to be underway. Put simply, the United States is stumbling its way into another decade of war in the greater Middle East. And this next decade of conflict might prove to be even more destabilizing than the last one.

Afghanistan Attack: death toll increases to 80 killed, 300 wounded

 05/31/2017 - 08:31
A man who was injured in a suicide bomb attack, reacts at the scene, in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 31, 2017. EPA/JAWAD JALALI

At least 80 people were killed and more than 300 others wounded in the car bomb attack Wednesday in a high security zone in Kabul near the presidential palace, where several embassies and government buildings are located, according to the latest official data released by the Afghan Ministry of Public Health.

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[OP-ED]: La madre de todos los ‘blufs’

 04/19/2017 - 08:02
Afortunadamente, no es solo el pánico lo que se expande, también lo hace la resistencia, que cada día crece y se fortalece. Y eso es muy bueno.

Sí, eso es lo que retórica recalentada de Washington sobre Corea del Norte –a la que el país asiático responde en tonos igualmente belicosos – es en realidad: una sucia guerra de palabras. Pero puede estar seguro de que no están a punto de intercambiarse balas, cohetes, la madre de todas las bombas y mucho menos armas atómicas. Lo cual, por supuesto, es muy bueno.

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[OP-ED]: The Mother of All Bluffs

 04/18/2017 - 18:22
Not only panic is spreading, resistance is also growing by leaps and bounds.EFE

Yes, that’s what the heated rhetoric coming from Washington about North Korea –and being responded to in no less bellicose tones by the Asian country – is: a nasty war of words. Rest assured that no bullets, no rockets, no mother of all bombs, not to mention atomic weapons are about to be fired, dropped or exchanged. Which, of course, is great.

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[OP-ED]: Don’t stiff the State Department

 03/07/2017 - 14:52
Trump says he has full confidence in Sessions US President Donald J. Trump (C), along with Secretary of Defense James Mattis (R) and Navy personnel, rides an elevator to the flight deck of the Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier after speaking to sailors in Newport News, Virginia, USA. EFE

The first time I met Gen. David Petraeus, he said something that surprised me. It was the early days of the Iraq War and, while things were not going well, he had directed his region in the north skillfully and effectively. I asked him whether he wished he had more troops. Petraeus was too politically savvy to criticize the Donald Rumsfeld “light footprint” strategy, so he deflected the question, answering it a different way. “I wish we had more Foreign Service officers, aid professionals and other kinds of non-military specialists,” he said.

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Fareed Zakaria