December 3, 2018 | FDD's Foreign Podicy

In Afghanistan, the Substitute for Victory is Defeat

Episode 26


U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis meets with Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul, Afghanistan.
U.S. Marines at the American military compound at Kandahar Airport in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

America’s conflict with the Taliban in Afghanistan, now well into its second decade, is not going well. The U.S. military has called it a “stalemate.” During his farewell speech in early September, General John W. Nicholson Jr., who first oversaw the military effort for President Trump, said: “It is time for this war in Afghanistan to end.” But most wars don’t end – they are won or they are lost. Has America lost this fight against a jihadi group closely aligned with al Qaeda? If so, what are the consequences?

To answer these and related questions, FDD president and Foreign Podicy Host Clifford D. May is joined by Tom Joscelyn, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and senior editor of FDD’s Long War Journal, and Bill Roggio also a senior fellow at FDD and editor of FDD’s Long War Journal.

Taliban Control in Afghanistan

November 15, 2018
12:15 pm
EVENT: Losing a War in Afghanistan: Countering the Taliban and Understanding U.S. Policies
A conversation featuring Jessica Donati, reporter at The Wall Street Journal, and Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio, FDD senior fellows and editors of FDD's Long War Journal. Moderated by FDD Founder and President Clifford D. May.


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