Could foreign policy actually impact US elections?
The headlines look all too familiar. More than 10 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul. Further attacks on coalition forces by the Afghan troops they are training.
The increase in violence has resulted in coalition forces scaling back its operations with ground-level Afghan troops in the wake of further attacks on international police.
The recent attacks on the US consulate and increasing deaths in Afghanistan have caused voters and politicians alike to reconsider the direction the nation should take in foreign policy.
The Rand Corporation looks at the strategic choices the US has to make with regard to where and how to maintain a military presence around the world.