More bad choices in Afghanistan? (Negotiating changes in urban areas with the cogent grip of a doggedly resistant Afghan Taliban on vast swathes of rural territory represents a singular challenge in Afghanistan) – Daily Times Pakistan

President Trump is finally set to address his country’s longest running war with a ‘new’ policy for Afghanistan. With an increase in the number of troops in the mix and a visibly more muscular approach on display, the new US administration is signalling renewed intent to keep their Afghan engagement open-ended. Whether this latest commitment to Afghanistan comes conjoined with at least a modicum of political direction towards reconciliation is still unclear.

Ominously, Washington’s point man in the region, Gen McMaster has announced that the same policy would apply to Pakistan – harkening back to Af-Pak days. For many in Pakistan and the region, this rehash of a mini-surge is reminiscent of Obama’s policy – dither between engagement and estrangement. Precisely the kind of dithering, some would argue, that has led Afghanistan headlong into an increasingly … Read More on Daily Times Pakistan