China and Russia: The Real Reasons the US Is Staying in Afghanistan

October 16, 2015 at 3:01 PM

Eric Draitser of provides his commentary (October 16, 2015) on the announcement by President Obama that the US military will not be withdrawing from Afghanistan. Draitser argues that Washington’s decision reflects the weakness of its position as Russia asserts itself militarily and politically in the Middle East, while China has positioned itself to become the dominant political force in post-occupation Afghanistan. He adds that the US hegemonic agenda is at the root of this policy decision.

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