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The U.S. vs. al Qaeda


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The U.S. vs. al Qaeda

“With Osama bin Laden dead and al Qaeda discredited and on the run, the terrorists clearly did not win. But neither did we,” writes Editor Gideon Rose in the introductory chapter of this new collection of essays from the pages of Foreign Affairs. Released to coincide with the 10th anniversary of 9/11, The U.S. vs. al Qaeda offers a history of the war on terror through three decades of the best Foreign Affairs coverage on the subject .">


By CFR, , USA.


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'Mission Accomplished'


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'Mission Accomplished'

I've spent the last few days tussling with friend and foe alike over President Obama's decision to withdraw 33,000 U.S. surge troops in a year's time. I know any sort of middle ground will unhinge lefties and righties both, but don't despair. To Democrats who think the withdrawal number is too small and that the world will end, I tell them to see a psychiatrist. To neoconservatives who think it's too large and the world will end, I also recommend psychiatric care. As much as I'd like to see Obama announce a plan now to reduce U.S. forces to less than 20,000 in two years, such a timetable insults the U.S. military and generates too many uncertainties too soon. And though neocons are balmy to imagine that large-scale U.S. combat forces can or should stay in Afghanistan indefinitely, they're correct that Washington can't sensibly extricate itself from a war without a convincing strategy, which Obama neglected in his speech on Wednesday night.">


By CFR, , USA.


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What Would Nixon Do?


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What Would Nixon Do?

President Obama has made good on his pledge to begin drawing down American forces in Afghanistan, but his stated strategy is unlikely to lead to a successful withdrawal. Mr. Obama announced last week that 10,000 troops would come home by December and another 23,000 by next summer. By 2014, he confidently proclaimed, “the Afghan people will be responsible for their own security.” .">


By CFR, , USA.


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