Instead of prolonging the futile war in Afghanistan, the US and NATO must tackle the origins of security threats and the key problem of sanctuaries in Pakistan.
How can the U.S. and Ashraf Ghani wage an effective military campaign in Afghanistan if the origin of the threat is in Pakistan?
In the big picture of the ongoing war, the US and the Taliban both use incidents as pretexts to reignite war in Afghanistan. Both pretexts remain remarkably consistent and serve each other.
Or else, perpetual US military operations within Afghanistan will not be a game changer in achieving security and defeating terrorism; rather they will form a policy of invasion, occupation and empire.
Instead of a terra firma for rivalry, Afghanistan should become a theatre for confidence building between New Delhi and Islamabad.
The Afghan national unity government should increasingly engage with regional powers; ditto for the West in Afghanistan.
Washington must avoid the growing perception of the US double-dealing in regard to Pakistan.