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In his latest for PBS’ Need to Know, ASP Fellow Joshua Foust discusses the conspicuous lack of discussion about Afghanistan in the presidential candidates’ campaigns.  Noting that 68,000 US troops will still be in Afghanistan come Election Day, Foust observes that without increased discussion from both parties and candidates, there is a risk that US involvement in Afghanistan will fall short of its objectives.

“Without the vigorous debate the Afghanistan strategy demands, this war risks sliding into autopilot— a continuing saga of half-formed plans with an ill-defined end in sight. Though the Afghan war’s strategy is fundamentally flawed and suffers from a critical lack of long-term planning — neither candidate has been willing to put forward a new approach.”

Read the full article here.