Michael O'hanlon

For Michael O'hanlon's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jul 18, 2012

'Picking' a winner in Afghanistan

American debates over the war in Afghanistan tend to focus on how fast we can get our troops home and whether we can work with President Hamid Karzai’s government to negotiate a peace deal with the Taliban. But at least as important to whether ...

Oct 17, 2005

On the precipice in Iraq

WASHINGTON– How are things going in Iraq? The short answer, unfortunately — based on Brookings’ Iraq Index and my own assessments — is not very well. There is still considerable hope, and much that does go well in Iraq. But on balance, there is ...

May 18, 2005

Push North Korea toward real reform

WASHINGTON — As Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill returns to Northeast Asia for talks with U.S. allies on North Korea’s nuclear program, the future of negotiations to resolve this terrifying matter has never been bleaker. North Korea appears unwilling to return to the ...

Feb 21, 2005

The right thing is not permanent tax cuts

WASHINGTON — Since his re-election, President George W. Bush has emphasized the need for U.S. fiscal responsibility. He has pledged to halve the enormous federal budget deficit in his second term. He has vowed to put social security on a sound, long-term footing. And ...

Nov 9, 2004

Neocon lessons for Democrats

WASHINGTON — As Democrats comb the 2004 election results for lessons, one should be obvious: we need bolder, newer ideas, particularly in this post-9/11 world in the realm of foreign policy. Just as neocons have provided much of the spark and intellectual energy behind ...

Oct 9, 2004

Afghanistan three years on

WASHINGTON — Three years after the Bush administration led a remarkably quick and bold military operation to overthrow the Taliban regime, how are things going in Afghanistan? The short answer is that there has been considerable progress. But that is largely because things were ...

Sep 8, 2004

No long-term gains against terror yet

WASHINGTON — So which U.S. President George W. Bush was right? The one who said Aug. 30, the day the Republican National Convention started, that the war on terror might not be winnable, or the Bush who showed up the rest of the week ...

Aug 6, 2004

No rush on some 9/11 panel proposals

WASHINGTON — The recent 9/11 Commission report is without a doubt one of the most thorough, most important and best studies by any such independent group in recent decades in the United States. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry and now President George W. ...

Jun 23, 2004

New approach needed in six-party talks

WASHINGTON — As the six-party talks over North Korea’s nuclear program resume late this month, the outlook for success remains as poor as ever. The Bush administration continues to take a firm stand, insisting on complete, verifiable and irreversible North Korean nuclear disarmament before ...

Mar 3, 2004

Japanese troops might be of more benefit elsewhere

WASHINGTON — After much difficult deliberation and debate, the Koizumi government has decided to send several hundred Japanese troops to the U.S.-led stabilization operation in Iraq. They will be working alongside roughly another 25,000 foreign troops, including just over 10,000 Brits and 3,000 South ...