Ronald Neumann, fmr. US Amb. to Afghanistan | December 1, 2011
With time running out in Afghanistan, the current US strategy that waffles between placating Pakistan and being tough on insurgents will not succeed. ++ The US should go directly after militant sanctuaries, regardless of which side of the border they are on. ++ Concurrently, the US should keep its hand held out to the ruling Pakistani military; we are still willing to be allies, but you must get tougher on terrorists. ++ This is a dangerous policy that risks destabilizing a nuclear armed nation, but the other option is clear: defeat.