The Most Dangerous Game

Things are not going well in Afghanistan. A resurgent and emboldened Taliban has been harrying the Karzai government and its Western allies with renewed truculence, even going so far as to make a brazen attack this week in the heart of Kabul. Meanwhile the Russians, who have for centuries vied with the West for dominant influence in the region, testing the steel of the new administration, have gotten us expelled from our Manas air base in Kyrgyzstan, a vital supply station. Suddenly we are back on our heels. What are our options? In this essay, Pat Buchanan argues that they are few, and grim.

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