The State Department has announced that it will, at long last, designate the Haqqani Network as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. Apart from the rhetorical value of the designation, the main consequence is to attach to the Haqqani Network an array of liabilities under the headings of U.S. domestic criminal law and immigration law. Most notably, it shall henceforth be a felony to provide material support to the Haqqani Network (18 USC 2339B) or to obtain military-type training from it (18 USC 2339D). In a rare move, DOD issued a statement welcoming this development...a not-so-subtle reminder that there has been a lot of debate, in and out of government, as to the wisdom of taking this particular step. Audrey Kurth Cronin recently posted some interesting thoughts on that debate here. My own prior posts on the issue are here and here.