Key Points

Afghanistan is a battle in a war that began in the distant past; a war that we’re not yet winning; a war that is likely to go on for years to come. Many Americans and Europeans find the prospect of such an “endless war” intolerable. Our enemies, by contrast, are patient and determined. The advantage that gives them should not be underestimated.

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The situation on the Korean peninsula is now at an inflection point. While all three leaders say they desire additional summits, Kim’s deadline appears to establish an end point for the Trump-Kim bromance. If that is Kim’s intention, now is the time to re-examine the strategic assumptions that inform the pursuit of a peace and disarmament deal by the U.S.-South Korea alliance. Given the risk that negotiations will fall apart, the time from now until the end of the year must be spent preparing a “Plan B” that is based on Kim failing to denuclearize the North.

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This, then, should be Pompeo’s message to Paraguay: Support on Venezuela deserves credit. It cannot come at the price of letting Hezbollah launder billions in the Tri-Border Area while shielding its financiers from U.S. justice.

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