An Afghan “To Do” List

Richard Holbrooke states the obvious, but the easily-forgotten obvious–shoring up Afghanistan is as important as taking down the Taliban. Holbrooke is too optimistic about the prospects for nation-building; there’s a limit to what can be done in such a ruined and chaotic country. Unfortunately, the bare minimum of making sure a measure of order prevails, which is achievable, seems beyond the intent of the U.S. government.

Author: Peter Maass

I was born and raised in Los Angeles. In 1983, after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, I went to Brussels as a copy editor for The Wall Street Journal/Europe. I left the Journal in 1985 to write for The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune, covering NATO and the European Union. In 1987 I moved to Seoul, South Korea, where I wrote primarily for The Washington Post. After three years in Asia I moved to Budapest to cover Eastern Europe and the Balkans. I spent most of 1992 and 1993 covering the war in Bosnia for the Post.