Dealing with Militants

This past weekend’s assassination attempt on Afghan president Hamid Karzai, along with ongoing negotiations between the Pakistani government and elements of the Taliban, should move the focus on America’s national security debate away from Iraq. But it is not likely to have much of an impact – in large part because of the misplaced priorities of the Bush administration. America’s national security debate remains fixated on Iraq, a policy costing US taxpayers upwards of $10bn a month and diverting attention away from other national security priorities.

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