Drawing Down in Afghanistan

FA – Since the last combat troops have left Iraq, attention has shifted to America’s other war in Afghanistan. President Obama has declared that American military objectives have been largely achieved, and thus set in motion a substantial withdrawal of American soldiers. To achieve lasting stability in Afghanistan, American policymakers may need to take significant risks; speaking with the Taliban, which has just opened an office in Qatar, is perhaps the greatest of these risks. Nonetheless, such negotiation is critical.

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