Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — February 24, 2021

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Garrett Wood, National Interest: If the U.S. Military Can’t Solve Afghanistan, Biden Should Withdraw
The Biden team should consider completing the withdrawal of U.S. troops and resources from Afghanistan and helping U.S. diplomatic and military institutions learn the limitations of their abilities as revealed by this and similar wars.
The Biden team is considering putting a pause on Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. forces from America’s longest war in response to Taliban failures to meet the terms of their agreement with the former president.
Whether or not the Taliban has met its end of the bargain, a new administration gives the United States the opportunity to reevaluate its position and the value of continued blood and treasure spent on Afghanistan.
Given that Afghan insurgents have managed to keep pace in tactical and technological adaptation with U.S. forces, and given that the United States’ reputation has been tarnished by the war, a clear-eyed review of the dynamics of this war would justify unconditional withdrawal.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — February 24, 2021
No more delays, no more excuses: It’s time to get the hell out of Afghanistan once and for all — Richard Hanania, Task & Purpose
Afghanistan: Will Biden Cave to the Forever War Party? — Cheryl Benard, National Interest
Could Biden Trigger An All-Out Conflict in Afghanistan? — Newsweek
Afghanistan: To leave or not to leave — Syed Fazl-E-Haider, The Interpreter
A Principled U.S. Diplomatic Strategy Toward North Korea — 38 North
Analysts: Biden administration should engage with North Korea soon — Thomas Maresca, UPI
The Real Regional Problem With the Iran Deal — Trita Parsi, foreign Affairs
How to rethink Russia sanctions — Anders Aslund, The Hill
What Are China’s Leaders Saying About the South China Sea? — Oriana Skylar Mastro, RCD
China and India spruik their COVID-19 vaccines in a soft-power push across the world — Sean Mantesso, ABC News (Australia)
German court sends message on Syria war crimes — Matthias von Hein, DW
Nuclear Warfare or Cyber Warfare: Which Is the Bigger Threat? — John Powers, RCD
How to Vaccinate A Rogue State Like North Korea Against Coronavirus — Troy Stangarone, National Interest
Why are COVID numbers falling so slowly in NYC? Original epicenter sees infections decline just 3% in two weeks compared with a 37% drop nationwide — Keith Griffith, Daily Mail
Covid map: Coronavirus cases, deaths, vaccinations by country — BBCOriginal Article

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