A Far Cry From Failure

Author
Michael O'Hanlon
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Foreign Affairs
Volume
92
Issue Number
6
Publication Date
November/December 2013
Institution
Council on Foreign Relations
Abstract
Stephen Biddle and Karl Eikenberry are outstanding public servants and scholars, but their respective articles on Afghanistan (“Ending the War in Afghanistan” and “The Limits of Counter­insurgency Doctrine in Afghanistan,” September/October 2013) convey excessively negative assessments of how the war is going and of Afghanistan's prospects. Their arguments could reinforce the current American malaise about the ongoing effort and thereby reduce the odds that the United States will continue to play a role in Afghanistan after the current NATO-led security mission there ends in December 2014. That would be regrettable; the United States should lock in and solidify its gains in Afghanistan, not cut its losses.
Topic
NATO, War
Political Geography
Afghanistan, United States