After nearly a decade of war in Afghanistan, the United States has still not defined what it considers success. It needs to do so -- and here's how.
BY DAVID AXE, MALOU INNOCENT, JASON REICH | OCTOBER 6, 2009
Without knowing the answers to such questions, the United States has no way of determining whether it is succeeding. And as long as it continues to conflate military and state-building objectives, the United States will always appear to be losing. But by focusing on stamping out al Qaeda with a light military footprint and accepting an Islamist government in Afghanistan, the United States has an opportunity for unqualified success.