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Can the Taliban make a comeback in Afghanistan?

KANDAHAR, August 9, 2014—Pessimism has infected Americans’ outlook on the world. Nowhere is the tendency more evident or pronounced than in Afghanistan. It is a bipartisan affair, too. Conservatives seem resigned that a Muslim country will go the way of our other two recent interventionist projects in Iraq and Libya. Liberals are convinced that military ...

Did Obama’s Taliban deal for Bowe Bergdahl break the law?

LOS ANGELES, June 4, 2014 — Less than 24 hours after President Obama announced a deal to free U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the positive coverage of that news was swamped by negatives. Obama freed five high-ranking radical Islamist terrorists in exchange for Bergdahl: The U.S. government negotiated with terrorists. The administration then repeated an error that got them in ...

Political incongruities: From Bergdahl to Benghazi

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif., June 2, 2014 — The United States’ military commitment to “no man left behind” was briefly resuscitated from its politically-weakened condition last week. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was retrieved from the Taliban-aligned Haqqani terrorist network in return for five members of the Taliban who had been held as prisoners in Guantanamo. The ...