President Joe Biden has announced plans to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Sept. 11. Here are five related reads from the JT:
- What to make of the end of America’s “Forever War” depends on the eye of the beholder. Michael MacArthur Bosack offers his perspective on the conflict — as a student of the postwar Occupation, intergovernmental negotiator, U.S.-Japan alliance manager and war veteran.
- The withdrawal is controversial, but it’s the right choice, argues Brad Glosserman. The pullout will allow the Biden administration to focus on real threats to U.S. interests — such as China — and better marshal resources to address them.
- Commentator Kuni Miyake is concerned that the withdrawal could make the region far more unstable than it was. In fact, this could be the fourth time that well-intentioned political moves by the U.S. have made the situation much worse in the Mideast.
- Biden’s avowed intention to close the Guantanamo detention camp — still home to dozens of suspected terrorists swept up in Afghanistan and elsewhere — offers hope to end a shameful episode in recent U.S. history, writes Cesar Chelala.
- In December, a year after he was gunned down in Afghanistan, Dr. Tetsu Nakamura was remembered by some 100 local staff of the aid group he founded. Today, his humanitarian mission lives on through the ongoing work of Peshawar-kai.