This four-step process sounds super simple
Stephen J. Hadley, Andrew Wilder and Scott Worden, in their May 2 op-ed, “How to win the peace in Afghanistan,” gave us the formula to win there. But Mr. Hadley spent the entire eight years of President George W. Bush’s terms as No. 2 and then No. 1 national security adviser. From deposing the Taliban and the U.S. invasion through to handing the “account” over to President Barack Obama, he was there. And now, Mr. Hadley’s group has provided us with a modest proposal on how to win. Finally.
Let me condense the four objectives: First, “destroy all Islamic State and al-Qaeda elements” there. Check. Second, stem corruption, create a modern economy and install good government. Check. Third, be clear that the resolution of a politically driven civil war is political, not militarily driven. Check. Last, bring in the various regional interests — China, Russia, Iran and the madcap collection of ’stans — to support this. Check. So 16 years after beginning our misguided effort (read the reports of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction) to build a modern nation there, one that is ranked 169th-most-corrupt (out of 176), the writers say we need to double down on nation-building. Check.
Peter F. Schaefer,
So 16 years after beginning our misguided effort, we need to double down on nation-building?