Fernando R. Tesón (Florida State University College of Law) has posted Enabling Monsters: A Reply to Professor Miller (Ethics & International Affairs, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 165-182, 2011) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
In this essay I respond to Professor Richard Miller’s article “The Ethics of America’s Afghan War,” Ethics & Int’l Aff., Vol. 25, p. 103, 2011, where he vigorously condemns the United States’ continued counterinsurgency efforts in Afghanistan. I argue that Professor Miller has failed to make his case. His two claims are empirically dubious and morally objectionable. Miller proposes, first, that the United States withdraw from the country after brokering a settlement under which the Taliban would be allowed to rule over part of the country. I reject this proposal as morally intolerable given the Taliban’s abject human rights record. He then calls on the United States to abandon her delusions of grandeur and humbly accept that its she can no longer achieve its her objectives by wielding hegemonic power. I reject this view and offer a guarded defense of American hegemony.