Congratulations to Malala Yousafzai

In Pashtun, "Yousafzai" has the same meaning as "Yousefzadeh," so I am entirely willing to pretend that Malala Yousafzai is my cousin. In that vein, my family is immensely proud that she has won the Nobel Peace Prize, and in a much more serious vein, the prize is entirely deserved. Malala's work in fighting to ensure that …

How the Bowe Bergdahl Story Became Politicized

It wasn't Republicans who did it: President Obama complained yesterday that Sergeant Bergdahl is “not a political football.”   That should be true, but unfortunately President Obama is responsible for kicking off the football game by announcing the Taliban-Bergdahl swap in a Rose Garden appearance, rather than leaving the announcement to Secretary Hagel and Chairman Dempsey.  The White …

Last I Checked, Leon Panetta Is Not a Republican

There are those who believe that it is wrong to have concerns about the deal that freed Bowe Bergdahl, and that it is wrong to be concerned that Bergdahl may have been a deserter. Most of these people think that Republicans are cynically ginning up outrage about the Bergdahl story, and overplaying their hand in …

Afghanistan Is Worth the Trouble. But Hamid Karzai May Not Be.

I continue to believe that securing Afghanistan against the Taliban and against terrorist groups is vital to the national security interests of the United States. Ditching Afghanistan in the aftermath of the Soviet withdrawal from the country led to disastrous developments, including--but not limited to--9/11. And if the Taliban are able to govern substantial swaths …

Is Our Journalists Learning?

No, Iran was not "an American ally" prior to President Bush's "axis of evil" speech, and to claim otherwise is to either misunderstand history, or to deliberately misrepresent it. To be sure, Iran and the United States had a commonality of interests when it came to Afghanistan; for reasons unrelated to 9/11, the Islamic regime in …