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Dereliction of Duty II: The Afghanistan Years

Kevin Hulbert, The Cipher BriefThere has been a lot of writing lately on Afghanistan as the new administration struggles with what do to there, just as the previous administration struggled mightily to define both the mission and the end game. In the absence of any good ideas, or any solutions, the last administration tragically kicked the can down the road for eight years, pursuing the status quo of a policy pretty much everyone knows has failed. … Read the referenced story here: Dereliction of Duty II: The Afghanistan Years

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Taliban ‘Open Letter’ to Trump Urges US to Leave Afghanistan

The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday released an “open letter” to President Donald Trump, reiterating their calls for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan after 16 years of war.   In a long and rambling note in English that was sent to journalists by Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, the insurgents said Trump has recognized the errors of his predecessors by seeking a review of the U.S. strategy for Afghanistan.   However, Mujahid said Trump should not hand control of the U.S. Afghan policy to the military but rather announce…

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Plan to Privatize US War in Afghanistan Gets Icy Reception

Blackwater founder Erik Prince’s controversial proposal to privatize a large portion of the U.S. war in Afghanistan is being met with growing opposition in Kabul and Washington. President Donald Trump is reportedly considering the proposal as part of his monthslong review of the war in Afghanistan, where the U.S. is locked in a stalemate with the Taliban after 16 years of fighting. Prince touts the plan as a cost-effective way to turn the war around. Under the proposal, about 5,000 contractors would replace U.S. troops currently advising Afghan forces. They’d…

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Blackwater Founder Pushes Privatization of US War in Afghanistan

As the White House reviews its policy in Afghanistan, President Donald Trump is reportedly considering a proposal to privatize a large portion of the U.S. war there. The plan is being pushed by Erik Prince, who founded of the controversial Blackwater private military company. As VOA’s Bill Gallo reports, although the plan has been criticized in Kabul and Washington, Prince is optimistic about getting enough support to move forward. … Read the referenced story here: Blackwater Founder Pushes Privatization of US War in Afghanistan

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We Need a New Afghanistan Strategy

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, Washington ExaminerThe situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate, and I have urged the Pentagon to consider new strategies. It’s time to act creatively and aggressively so that all of America’s sacrifices there since 9/11 will not have been in vain. So, if what we’ve been doing isn’t working, let’s talk about some creative alternatives. … Read the referenced story here: We Need a New Afghanistan Strategy

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America Keeps on Failing in Afghanistan

Ronald Neumann, Washington PostIn theory, U.S. strategy in Afghanistan has been to train an Afghan army that can fight al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and now the Islamic State — and then largely to withdraw. After 16 years, it’s not surprising that many people think that strategy has failed. In fact, it hasn’t really been tried. … Read the referenced story here: America Keeps on Failing in Afghanistan

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