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(The Atlantic ) The latest bout of bloodshed may have played some role in the actions Trump just took, but it is also a convenient out for an administration that had gone all in on a floundering initiative.
There's still a path forward with the Taliban
(Bloomberg) Trump was right to kill the Camp David meeting but negotiations should continue, with Colombia as the model.
Trump Says Taliban Talks ‘Dead,’ Military to Ramp Up Afghanistan Ops
By Steve Holland & Phil Stewart, Reuters: "U.S. President Donald Trump proclaimed talks with Afghanistan's Taliban leaders dead on Monday, while the general in charge said the U.S. military is likely to ramp up operations in Afghanistan to counter an increase in Taliban attacks."
By James Stavridis, Bloomberg: “Trump was right to kill the Camp David meeting but negotiations should continue, with Colombia as the model."
The Broken Leg of America’s Nuclear Triad
By Mark Thompson, Project on Government Oversight: "The Pentagon’s logic undergirding the triad, such as it is, is in danger of falling apart: The U.S. military is on the cusp of putting all of those nuclear eggs into a single basket."
The Jerusalem Post
September 6, 2019
Oriana Skylar Mastro and Bonnie S. Glaser | Foreign Affairs
For more than half a century, US power in Asia has rested on the alliance system that Washington built in the years after World War II. Now, a dispute between Japan and South Korea — the two most important pillars of that system — threatens to undo decades of progress.
Colin Dueck | The National Interest