User login

Join The Debate

Cast your vote and join the conversation.

Membership is free.

Get Started

America Cannot And Will Not Succeed In Afghanistan/Pakistan

The BriefGet Up To Speed

The Obama Administration has implemented a significant change in policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan, which they view as a single challenge, AfPak. More troops and a new commander have been sent to Afghanistan, and the US has increased its level of support and aid to Pakistan. To many, this means we are becoming further entrenched in an open-ended quagmire where any military solution will ultimately fail. Others question whether we should care if Afghanistan has a strong central government or a democratic one. While most agree it should not become a terrorist haven, opinions differ on how this should be accomplished: more troops, covert operations, diplomacy? And what to make of Pakistan? We cannot allow its nuclear arsenal to fall into the hands of radicals, but President Obama has ruled out putting US troops on the ground. The task of rooting out al Qaeda and Taliban militants falls to Pakistan'€™s army, which has, until recently, supported these groups as a hedge against future conflict with India. How much tolerance does America have for the long road ahead with AfPak? Can we ever '€œwin,'€ and how would we even define a win in this region?

  • Paul Butler

    3 Items
    • Former Federal Prosecutor & Professor, Georgetown Law
    Read Bio

    Paul Butler, author of ‘Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice,’ talks about jury nullification, and current issues in the war on drugs and criminal justice with Post-Exchange reporter Jamie Loo.

    Thursday, April 8, 2010

    If you are ever on a jury in a marijuana case, I recommend that you vote “not guilty” — even if you think the defendant actually smoked pot, or sold it to another consenting adult. As a juror, you have this power under the Bill of Rights; if you exercise it, you become part of a proud tradition of American jurors who helped make our laws fairer.

    Tuesday, December 20, 2011

    I have jury duty on July 2, and I can't wait. If I get put on a jury in a non-violent drug case, I'll vote "not guilty," based on my principles -- even if I think the defendant actually did it.

    Wednesday, July 1, 2009
  • Nick Gillespie

    4 Items
    • Editor-at-Large, Reason
    Read Bio

    Gillespie and Welch answer the question: ‘What does a libertarian think about the war on drugs and how do we change it?’

    Wednesday, June 15, 2011

    Gillespie speaking at an SSDP conference on the topic of ‘What Would a Sensible Drug Policy Look Like,’ and discussing how drug prohibition functions as a ‘structuring event’ in American life, forcing all sorts of activity to pay hypocritical and misdirected lip service to a Just Say No mentality.

    Saturday, October 25, 2008

    Legalize drugs and then tax sales of them. And while we're at it, welcome all forms of gambling (rather than just the few currently and arbitrarily allowed) and let prostitution go legit too.

    Wednesday, May 20, 2009

    Why is it that ostensibly pro-drug movies can never quite deliver the goods, can never quite depict drug use as something other than depraved?

    Thursday, March 1, 2001
For the Motion
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Rory Stewart July 9
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
George F. Will September 1
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Andrew Bacevich February 23
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Joe Klein December 11
Against the Motion
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Reuel Marc Gerecht September 21
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Max Boot September 4
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Max Boot March 23
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Milton Bearden March 12
Sunday, August 12, 2007
David Rohde
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Ahmed Rashid June 22
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
CIA August 3
Afghanistan's Election
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Ahmed Rashid October 8
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Craig Whitlock September 21
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Anand Gopal
Taliban in Afghanistan
Monday, August 3, 2009
Greg Bruno
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Gilles Dorronsoro June
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Jon Lee Anderson July 9
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Julie Sirrs Summer
Al Qaeda
Thursday, January 17, 2002
Kanan Makiya
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Jayshree Bajoria October 26
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Husain Haqqani April 30
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Husain Haqqani Winter
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
CIA August 3
Pakistan's Nukes
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Feroz Hassan Khan July 1
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Peter Crail June 1
Troop Levels
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Eric Schmitt
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Ann Scott Tyson September 16
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Thomas H. Johnson
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Peter Baker
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Bob Woodward September 21
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Robert Mackey September 21
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Jayshree Bajoria March 20
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Eric Shmitt
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Afghan newspaper Hasht-e Sobh September 9
McChrystal Report
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
General Stanley A. McChrystal August 30
Recent Reports
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Anthony H. Cordesman September 15