Lessons from the war against al-Qaeda

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, November 19, 2015 Henry Kissinger has noted that in his adult lifetime, the United States has fought five major wars and began each one with great enthusiasm and public support. But in each of them, Americans soon began to ask, “How quickly can you withdraw?” In three of these conflicts, he … Continue reading

The inconvenient truth about Afghanistan

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, October 8, 2015 Recent setbacks in Afghanistan — from the fall of Kunduz to the errant U.S. bombing of a hospital in that city — again raise a question. Why, after 14 years of American military efforts, is Afghanistan still so fragile? The country has a democratically elected government widely viewed … Continue reading

When Terror Loses Its Grip

By Fareed Zakaria It is a bizarre historical coincidence. President Barack Obama announced to the world that Osama bin Laden was dead on May 1, the very same day that, 66 years earlier, the German government announced that Adolf Hitler was dead. It’s fitting that two of history’s great mass murderers share a day of … Continue reading

With bin Laden Gone, Now’s the Time to Push Pakistan

The killing of Osama bin Laden has produced new waves of commentary on the problem of Pakistan. We could all discuss again its selective policy toward terrorists, its complicated relationship with the United States and its mounting dysfunctions. But there is more to this opportunity than an opening for analysis. This is a time for … Continue reading