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What We Must Do Now: Gen. Clark on Afghanistan

Gen. Wesley Clark, a senior fellow at the UCLA Burkle Center, argues in Newsweek that the United States and NATO, at a crossroads in the war in Afghanistan, must engage the broader political and economic conflict to win. That means doing 'nation-building.'

In an op-ed published in the Oct. 2, 2006, issue of Newsweek magazine (available Sept. 25), Gen. Wesley K. Clark (ret.) argues that, in Afghanistan, NATO "must adopt some of the lessons and practices we put in place so painfully in the Balkans." Clark, who led NATO forces in the 1999 Kosovo conflict, has joined the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations as a senior fellow.

The war against the resurgent Taliban is "political and economic," he writes in the op-ed.

If we persist in failing to face up to the profound economic and political requirements, if we neglect the need for strong coordination, if we think the mission is only about counterterrorism or counterdrug operations, then we will lose.

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