Category Archives: Afghanistan

WikiLeaks and embarrassment in Afghanistan

In the coming days we’re sure to be subjected to complaints and hand-wringing over the publication of these classified reports from our glorious War in/on Afghanistan by WikiLeaks. Keep in mind that the complainers are mostly interested in protecting themselves and their powerful friends from embarrassment. Embarrassments like this: Among the ninety-one thousand or so documents […]

Our challenge in Afghanistan

As a follow-up to Clint’s post yesterday about Afghanistan, I’d like to note that our own government estimates that there are only about 100 al Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan and only about 300 in neighboring Pakistan. Just so you know, we have somewhere around 100,000 of our troops in Afghanistan. Let that sink in.

5 Reasons the U.S. Will Lose in Afghanistan

“You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders. The most famous is never get involved in a land war in Asia. But only slightly less well-known is this: Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!” – Vizzini, The Princess Bride. “President Karzai is not an adequate strategic […]

Insurgent Math

‘Insurgent Math’ is an arithmetic championed by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was the commander of U.S.-led coalition forces in Afghanistan before Obama impressed him into the American army of the unemployed. ‘Insurgent Math’ holds that, “for every innocent person you kill, you create 10 new enemies.” It is a foundational concept in the counter-insurgency doctrine […]

Spiritual Health Reform

Sunday marked the 42nd anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. While best known as a leader of the African-American Rights movement in the 1960s, King also fought for the “reconstruction of [American] society,” which he said was being poisoned by poverty, militarism and materialism. Exactly one year before his death, Reverend King […]

Limited funds, limited choices

Today’s New York Times chronicles the deliberations that led President Barack Obama to escalate U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan. On the theme of limited resources, the article describes how Obama was reluctant to commit to an expensive escalation because it would threaten funding for his policies at home. Mr. Obama was leery. He had received […]

Escalation: Rationale and Strategy

In Tuesday’s speech at West Point, President Barack Obama rededicated the U.S. to the occupation of Afghanistan, officially announcing the deployment of 30,000 more troops to the unstable nation. Since escalation had been the prevailing option for some time, the speech was less notable for the strategy it outlined than for the foreign policy doctrine […]

Obama rededicates U.S. to Afghan occupation

In last night’s highly-anticipated address, President Barack Obama defended his decision to deploy 30,000 more American soldiers to Afghanistan, arguing that it’s necessary for the common security of the U.S. and its allies. Obama outlined a military strategy that seeks to beat back the Taliban and weaken Al-Qaeda, while strengthening the Afghan Government and its […]

Domestic Security, Terrorism, and Hasan

Addressing a recent post on Small Wars Journal: The massacre at Fort Hood is a reminder that the War on Terror is not fought just in south Afghanistan or Mosul. It is a global war also fought in an office building inside a military base in Texas. Many counter-terror analysts focus on the Pakistan connection […]

Britain Ready To Bail On Afghanistan?

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been signaling over the past few weeks that the time might be drawing nigh for the UK to begin a slow withdrawal of its ISAF forces from the war in Afghanistan. Recently, he called for a conference on deciding an exit strategy from provinces to be held in 2010. Previous […]