Everything depends on which way Iran turns and whether the Taliban can control its own country and stop it short from falling into the abyss.
For U.S. imperial strategists, the notorious Afghan graveyard of empires is not an entirely deadbeat loss. As President Biden noted gleefully and cryptically this week, “China has real problems… it will be interesting to see what happens.”
When it becomes a crime to reveal a crime, you know that it is the criminals who are actually in charge.
Washington’s whirlwind outreach is evidently an effort to shore up confidence among U.S. allies in American defense commitments.
Beijing has resolved that subjugation (opium or gaming addiction) will never be allowed to happen again, Alastair Crooke writes.
To recover politically Biden and his team must do something kinetic that will be cheered on by the public, which means risky or particularly bold.
The difference between the U.S. performances in Vietnam and Afghanistan is that in the first, the vehicles were painted green and in the second, sand.
The military-industrial complex is laughing while Afghans are weeping as they face death by starvation or at the hands of ignorant bigoted savages.