The real challenge in Afghanistan is that the American effort has focused almost exclusively on the military, while the Taliban has focused on politics. As a consequence, the Taliban is winning the war for hearts and minds, writes Joshua Foust.
Joshua Foust is an analyst who writes about international security and intelligence issues. He is a contributor to The Atlantic, and has written for the New York Times, Salon, Reuters, the Christian Science Monitor, World Politics Review and the Columbia Journalism Review. His website is http://www.joshuafoust.com.
Herman Cain recently dismissed Uzbekistan as a country Americans shouldn’t care about. Joshua Foust explains why he’s wrong.
For Joshua Foust, the biggest problem facing the intelligence community is not that some contractors abuse the system, but rather that the government has designed a system that encourages abuse.
Until the Republicans can figure out a unified message for foreign policy, we can expect continued confusion and inconsistency from the debates, writes Joshua Foust.
Touting Libya as a triumph of interventionism before there is even a replacement government in place is the height of hubris and myopia, argues Joshua Foust.
For Joshua Foust, many of this country’s recent foreign policy missteps have been the result of far too much “positive thinking,” and far too little skepticism.
There is a growing movement to resurrect Russia as America’s biggest rival. But painting Russia only as the enemy misrepresents what it really is, writes Joshua Foust — a large, complex and ascendant power seeking to flex its muscles.
For Joshua Foust, the real scandal in Afghanistan isn’t that Americans are getting killed — it’s that we don’t know why we’re there in the first place.
With cuts looming for defense and security budgets, Joshua Foust argues that we first need to have a larger discussion about long-term U.S. foreign policy priorities and objectives.