The Price of Afghan Failure

While President Obama continues to ponder America's strategy in Afghanistan, The New Yorker's Steve Coll wonders what would happen if the U.S. fails to prevent a Taliban revolution. Not only, he suggests, would such a catastrophe bring the Afghan state agony, but he says it would jeopardize America's efforts to safeguard Pakistan's nuclear arsenal and avert al Qaeda attacks. The Taliban has announced its goals to restore Afghanistan to the 1990s Islamic emirate of Afghanistan, which could result in civil war between Tajiks and Pashtuns and the death of tens of thousands of Afghanis.