Two Arguments for What to Do in Afghanistan

Is it time for the U.S. military to turn Afghanistan over, or is time for our troops to stay the course?

Adam Ferguson / VII Mentor for TIME

U.S. Army soldiers prepare for a patrol in the Tangi Valley, in Wardak Province, Afghanistan.

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Peter Bergen

In August, President Obama laid out the rationale for stepping up the fight in Afghanistan: If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which al-Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans. So this is not only a war worth fighting. This is fundamental to the defense of our people. Obamas Af-Pak plan is, in essence, a countersanctuary strategy that denies safe havens to the Taliban and al-Qaeda, with the overriding goal of making America and its allies safer. Under Obama, the Pentagon...

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