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Unfriending Pakistan
A reconsideration of the relationship is long overdue

September 22, 2021  •  The Washington Times

Who's to blame for America's humiliating surrender in Afghanistan, the dishonorable abandonment of American citizens along with Afghans who sided with us against the Taliban and al Qaeda, the disgraceful treatment of NATO allies, and the lethal incompetence with which the retreat was carried out? The buck stops on the desk behind which Joe Biden sits. But we would be remiss to ignore the contributions of others to this historic fiasco. Prominent among them: Pakistan's leaders.

I take no pleasure in saying this. I first visited Pakistan 38 years ago. Most of the people I encountered were gracious, hospitable, and tolerant. They were open to talking about anything – in English!

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After twenty 9/11 anniversaries, the sleeping giant nods off again

September 10, 2021  •  The Washington Times

On the first anniversary of the 9/11/01 attacks, I wrote a column about a BBC radio program on which I had been a guest along with "activist" Bianca Jagger, and Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite. Neither evinced sympathy for what Americans had suffered at the hands of al Qaeda and its enabler, the Taliban. On the contrary, Ms. Jagger accused the Bush administration of killing "thousands" of innocent Afghans and failing to pay "reparations."

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Taliban call the shots as America's humiliation continues

September 1, 2021  •  The Washington Times

"The answer is no." That was the response, on August 24, of Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen to a Sky News reporter who asked if the United States might be permitted more time to evacuate American civilians and their allies from Afghanistan.

Defense Department press secretary John Kirby responded: "I think we all understand that view." Let's be clear: Dr. Shaheen (as Sky News respectfully refers to him) was not expressing a view. He was issuing an edict. To the United States of America.

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President Biden chose the worst options in Afghanistan

August 18, 2021  •  The Washington Times

You don't need to be a brilliant geopolitical strategist to understand that the United States should be the best friend – and the worst enemy – any nation could have. Following the events of recent days, the U.S. will be perceived differently: "harmless as an enemy but treacherous as a friend."

Many politicians and diplomats share blame for this outcome, as do those deep thinkers who fancy themselves proponents of "responsible statecraft," based on the dangerous fiction that "forever wars" end once Americans stop fighting them.

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Biden's military strategy for Iraq should be applied in Afghanistan

August 11, 2021  •  The Washington Times

A few weeks ago, the night before he was to meet with President Biden, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani broke bread with a group of friendly diplomats, military officers, scholars, and journalists. The dinner was off-the-record so I can't tell you what Mr. Ghani or others said. With one exception.

I hadn't planned to speak. But there was a point I thought needed to be made. And no one else was making it.

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