Escaping the 'Graveyard of Empires': A Strategy to Exit Afghanistan

  title={Escaping the 'Graveyard of Empires': A Strategy to Exit Afghanistan},
  author={T. G. Carpenter and Malou Innocent},
Given the nature of the conflict in Afghanistan, a definitive, conventional "victory" is not a realistic option. Denying a sanctuary to terrorists who seek to attack the United States does not require Washington to pacify the entire country, eradicate its opium fields, or sustain a long-term military presence in Central Asia. From the sky, U.S. unmanned aerial vehicles can monitor villages, training camps, and insurgent compounds. On the ground, the United States can retain a small number of… Expand