Staying the Course

by Joshua Foust on 9/21/2006

I hate to put it in these terms, but: either Afghanistan is important and worth sacrificing for, or it is not. Either stabilizing Afghanistan is a critical mission of national and international importance and worth whatever we can throw at it, or we are literally wasting lives, money, and time by staying around as fodder for a civil war. I happen to think it’s the former—and it is important to remember that nothing comes without a cost.

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Joshua Foust is a Fellow at the American Security Project and the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from His research focuses primarily on Central and South Asia. Joshua is a correspondent for The Atlantic and a columnist for PBS Need to Know. Joshua appears regularly on the BBC World News, Aljazeera, and international public radio. Joshua's writing has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy’s AfPak Channel, the New York Times, Reuters, and the Christian Science Monitor. Follow him on twitter: @joshuafoust

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