Tagged: Afghanistan

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Afghanistan?

Spencer Ackerman points me to this Tom Ricks post on David Kilcullen’s speech re: Afghanistan. Ricks on Kilcullen’s central argument: His [Kilcullen’s] bottom line is that there are two real options in Afghanistan: Either...

Pertinent Facts

Jules Crittenden sneers at Ambassador Eikenberry’s recommendation not to deploy troops to Central Asia, noting “that Eikenberry commands no troops in Afghanistan.” Well, bashing the diplomatic corps is de rigueur among the more vulgar...

Larison endorses the McChrystal surge?

I’m not sure if Daniel Larison’s latest column should be interpreted as an endorsement of McChrystal’s political independence or his actual strategy for Afghanistan, but it’s worth reading in full. His criticism of the...

Studying Vietnam Doesn’t Really Help

Evan Thomas and John Barry at Newsweek take a look at (a) revisionist history of Vietnam, now popular in some circles of the military and how it is influencing the current debate on Afghanistan....

Shooting at Ft. Hood Army Base

The numbers of dead and wounded are different according to the source, but it looks like American soldiers opened fire on other soldiers at a Texas Army base.  According to the New York Times:

Who Wants to Be The President of Afghanistan?

Well, apparently not Abdullah Abdullah.  Meanwhile. the second round of Afghan elections–which were called after much US pressure–have been canceled. Yet again the US puts all its eggs in the basket of democratic proceduralism...

Reviewing Obama’s War Part III: Rory Stewart

Part I here, Part II here. The Obama administration has proposed a very, very narrow objective, which is counterterrorism, and a very maximalist, broad definition of how to achieve it, which extends to counterinsurgency...

Reviewing Obama’s War: Part II

For Part I here. So I’m breaking my own rules in this second post (a little bit).  I said these posts would only be buitl around the interviews in this PBS documentary, but then...

Reviewing Obama’s War: Part I

This weekend I finally managed to have the time to sit down and watch this excellent PBS Frontline documentary called Obama’s War. Highly recommended and hats off to the folks at Frontline for a...

Governments Matter: Afghanistan Edition

George Packer has been digging through books on Vietnam as to what they may tell us about Afghanistan.  (George is smart enough to know that actually Vietnam is probably not the best place to...

The Odyssey of Pat Tillman

I think it’s safe to say that former NFL player Pat Tillman – an Army Ranger killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan – was the first hero of the War on Terror.  Like many,...

The Peace Prize Winner Debates War

Video here.  [Still having trouble embedding MSNBC, see ps below for more details]. Richard Engel is one of the few bigger name TV correspondents on foreign policy I actually tune in for. And I...

Agnosia Afghanistania

From Washington Post piece on the continued discussion around the McChyrstal’s strategic troop increase request: But White House officials are resisting McChrystal’s call for urgency, which he underscored Thursday during a speech in London,...

Behind Door #3 in Afghanistan

Br. Will is right that scaling down the Afghanistan effort in favor of civilian air strikes, just “air raiding the place” as then Candidate Obama called it, would by itself lead to more civilian...

Less Troops = More Indiscriminate Air Strikes

The relationship between boots on the ground and civilian casualties in Afghanistan doesn’t get much clearer than in this Washington Post article: On July 2, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO...

Strange Bedfellows

It seems that Ralph Peters – best known as an unfailing advocate of the Chechen school of counter-insurgency tactics – has jumped aboard the “get out of Afghanistan now” bandwagon: Yet, in Afghanistan, we’ve...