In my most recent piece over at American Greatness, I argue that the U.S. must use India as a pressure point to compel Pakistan to begin actually helping America defeat the Taliban, the Haqqani Network, and other Jihadist networks that the Pakistanis have been secretly aiding for decades.
The ongoing Mosul Offensive is proceeding well, but the Islamic State is not going anywhere for a while. In Afghanistan, the Taliban are fighting to retake the vital Helmand Province with renewed vigor, as the U.S. continues to drawdown. The fact that the Islamic State can easily find refuge in Syria and that the Taliban seem poised to retake operational control over Afghanistan means that the U.S. is on the losing side of an eroding stalemate in the Global War on Terror. This essay addresses these concerns and articulates a general way forward.
Following the Islamic State’s savage Dhaka Cafe Attack this last week, I provide a detailed background of Bangladesh, its history, its cultural inclinations, its politics, and where I think the country is headed. Needless to say, like so much of the Muslim world, demographics are working against the pro-Western, secular government.