TNR presents a follow-up to our recent symposium on what the U.S. should do next in Afghanistan. 

"Back in July of 2010, TNR asked nine experts to explore what the United States should do next in Afghanistan. In the twenty months since that symposium, much has changed. Tragic developments—such as the downing of a military helicopter that claimed 38 Americans and the recent massacre of 16 Afghan civilians by a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant—have stoked widespread discontent with the current course of action, and have many rethinking their commitments to the mission. Given the new circumstances, we invited our original contributors to follow-up on the suggestions they offered two years ago.”

-TNR Staff,”Afghanistan Reconsidered: What the U.S. Should Do Now

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"As a former active duty Army psychologist who spent 27 months in Iraq taking care of soldiers, I can attest that the oldest tropes about warfare are true: Combat is destructive; deployment in a warzone is enormously stressful. For the men and women serving in war, these aren’t simply clichés—they are harsh realities that the rest of us have yet to fully reckon with."

— Bret A. Moore, A Former Military Psychologist On The Afghanistan Massacre

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Can Obama’s record on foreign policy back up his “hawkish” reputation?

"Of course, it is not the president’s sagacity that is in judgment. It is his honesty, his honesty to himself, surely, but also his honesty to us. Ajami published in the last issue of TNR an essay about a novel first published in Beirut four years ago, titled In Praise of Hatred and written by Khaled Khalifa. It is about today’s bloodletting, yesterday’s sectarian political program, eternal loathing. And, to be sure, Syria’s ace-in-the-hole, its proximity to Israel, that it was the confrontation state. These insights laid out in a novel were not secrets. They were common knowledge. But Obama somehow believed that he could talk these truths out of their secure place in the world."

-Martin Peretz, “Obama’s ‘Hawkish’ Foreign Policy? If Only It Were So.

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The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan represent only a fraction of the billions spent to battle terrorists since Sept. 11, 2001.

Lawmakers in Washington have shelled out some $34 billion over the last 10 years to state and local law enforcement.

The map above shows how much each state has raked in by grant program and fiscal year, based on data obtained from the Department of Homeland Security.

(via centerforinvestigativereporting)

A study released by the United Nations found the use of “systematic torture” by the Afghan intelligence and the Afghan national police in detention centers. Little effort has been made to scrutinize the country’s security efforts for detainees, perhaps in part because of political pressure to reduce American involvement after a decade of war.

Also, read Ronald Neumann’s article on maintaining peaceful negotiations in “Why Negotiations with the Taliban Aren’t Hopeless.”

Courtesy of the New York Times.

According to the senior American military commander in Afghanistan, the United States quickly responded to the downing of an American Chinook helicopter this past weekend by Taliban insurgents—which resulted in the deaths of all 38 people aboard, including 30 American soldiers—with a swift dose of revenge. On Monday, an American F-16 fighter jet reportedly killed the Taliban leader and the group that perpetrated the attack. Of course, military payback of this sort has a long history; here’s a look at nine doses of military vengeance.