What does the story of a night raid in Wardak province tell us about the consequences of our war in Afghanistan?
|By: Josh Mull Thursday July 22, 2010 7:10 pm|
|By: Spencer Ackerman Thursday July 1, 2010 7:15 pm|
I might not agree with the way Uncle Jimbo puts everything in this video about the counterterrorism utility behind a counterinsurgent focus on reducing civilian casualties, but he dispenses quite effectively with the canard that counterterrorism can be successfully divorced from a strategy that invests the local populace in Blue Team/White Hat advances.
Perhaps there’s a better way of doing that than a resource-intensive counterinsurgency strategy, but I’ve yet to hear one that persuades me.
|By: Derrick Crowe Sunday June 27, 2010 6:30 am|
One of the gems buried in Michael Hastings’ now ubiquitous Rolling Stone article is a senior adviser to General McChrystal thanking his lucky stars for public ignorance of the state of the war:
|By: emptywheel Saturday June 26, 2010 10:15 am|
We neither have the competence nor are we investing in getting the competence we need to carry out our COIN project. For better or worse, we have not done what the country did during the Cold War, which is establish a bunch of Area Studies centers to gain deep competency in the culture and social science of the areas we were seeking to influence and fund people to go learn these difficult languages. Not to mention, we’re kicking out those in the military who do speak these languages.
|By: Josh Mull Thursday June 24, 2010 5:45 pm|
In the wake of General McChrystal’s firing, supporters of his counterinsurgency strategy have shifted to the blame game. Their target? US Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry. But is Eikenberry really at fault, or has he been right all along?
|By: Spencer Ackerman Thursday June 24, 2010 4:15 pm|
Petraeus is Obama’s political insurance policy. Absolutely no one on the right will criticize the war while Petraeus is running it. The right’s only line of criticism on the war is that July 2011 is an ill-conceived deadline. But Petraeus backs the July 2011 “inflection point” on the condition that troop withdrawals after the date occur very slowly, and by picking Petraeus, Obama signaled his assent to that interpretation of his date. Still, Petraeus will testify on Tuesday, as he did last week, that he supports the date.
|By: Jim White Wednesday June 23, 2010 4:15 pm|
The running joke about Obama defenders says that whenever Obama makes one his horrendous moves or continues yet another terrible policy started under George W. Bush, the defenders will claim that he is a master tactician, working many moves ahead of us, sometimes even in dimensions we can’t possibly perceive. With today’s decision by Obama to accept the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal and to ask General David Petraeus to step down one level to assume command of US forces in Afghanistan, Obama has made what I think finally is a good strategic decision on the political front.
|By: emptywheel Wednesday June 23, 2010 1:15 pm|
Now if only we could see the same respect for America’s democratic institutions elsewhere in the Obama Administration.
|By: Gregg Levine Wednesday June 23, 2010 10:33 am|
President Barack Obama has relieved Gen. Stanley McChrystal from his command of forces in Afghanistan and tapped Gen. David Petraeus to replace him.
|By: emptywheel Tuesday June 22, 2010 11:25 am|
Stanley McChrystal, the guy in charge of winning hearts and minds in Afghanistan, okayed this article, presumably intending it to win hearts and minds in the US.
And McChrystal presumably knows US culture better than he knows Afghanistan culture.