Could Afghanistan Collapse?

The good war isn't looking so good.

On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress that the United States was “not winning” in Afghanistan. That is the understatement of the year. While President Trump has authorized Mattis to call up some additional troops, there remains no comprehensive strategy for victory let alone stability and the numbers of troops available seems the equivalent of addressing a sucking chest wound with a Band-Aid. Both the Taliban and the Islamic State are resurgent in vast sections of the country. Many NATO partners are quietly giving up and the mood in Congress ranges from impatient to defeatist.

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Could Afghanistan Collapse?

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