Forbidden Book: Douglas Valentine’s “The Phoenix Program: America’s Use of Terror in Vietnam”

By: Tuesday July 8, 2014 10:07 am

On June 10, Open Roads publishers announced a new “Forbidden Bookshelf” series. Curated by New York University Professor Mark Crispin Miller, “Forbidden Bookshelf” aims to “fill in the blanks of America’s repressed history by resurrecting books that focused on issues and events that are too often left in the dark.”

 

The Romance of Counterinsurgency

By: Sunday June 24, 2012 6:00 pm

Ah, the romance of counterinsurgency surprisingly still alive and well … the old mujahadin sharing tea with me …. and then we kill his kids since it’s precisely these free of red tape SOF units that have been responsible for so many civilian casualties.”

Lakeside Diner

By: Wednesday June 13, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current issues that may be of interest.

Pentagon Assertions of “Progress” In Afghanistan Are a Bad Joke

By: Wednesday March 9, 2011 7:20 pm

The Pentagon wants you to ignore some inconvenient facts about the failure of the escalation strategy in Afghanistan.

The latest Petraeus/Gates media tour is under way in preparation for the general’s testimony to Congress next week, and they’re trotting out the same, tired spin they’ve been using since McChrystal was replaced in disgrace last year.

80 Raids in One Day: Petraeus’ Questionable COIN in Afghanistan

By: Friday January 21, 2011 8:35 am

Why did Gen. David Petraeus send special ops folks out to conduct “more than 80 raids and other operations” inside a day’s time, according to Politico’s Morning Defense report Wednesday — that’s an insane number of raids for what should be relatively small working groups of individuals. Was it just because the weather was good?

A Northern Soul: Southern Afghanistan Drains Resources, COIN Suffers

By: Monday December 20, 2010 9:00 am

More Taliban attacks in northern Afghanistan. The south gets the attention and the resources, the north and west deteriorate, and the east — the area most centrally important to the stated al-Qaeda-centric objectives of the war — is in a state of drift, as best I can tell.

Failure, Not Progress, in Afghanistan

By: Wednesday December 15, 2010 6:40 pm

On Thursday, December 16, 2010, the White House will use its December review to try to spin the disastrous Afghanistan War plan by citing “progress” in the military campaign, but the available facts paint a picture of a war that’s not making us safer and that’s not worth the cost.

Afghanistan, Year Ten

By: Friday October 8, 2010 5:20 pm

It’s startling to be reminded how long ago 9/11 was because our public figures keep talking about the Afghanistan War like it started last year. General Petraeus let us know back in February in a Meet the Press interview that we were just then getting “the inputs about right,” and were now “starting to see some of the outputs.” Nine years into this war, and Petraeus lets us know they’re just getting warmed up. Good God.

Who’s Really “Relying on Assumptions and Beliefs to Shape Reality” in Afghanistan War Debate?

By: Thursday September 16, 2010 2:55 pm

The Afghanistan Study Group report is out, and the fight is on. A number of critiques have been leveled at the report, one of the most influential being Joshua Foust’s over at Registan.net, chunks of which are percolating upward into larger outlets. Foust is a smart guy with whom I regularly debate, but there’s a particularly offensive landmine hiding at the end of Foust’s post that I want to highlight, where Foust states that the anti-war movement “relies on assumption and beliefs to shape reality”.

$547 Million Can’t Paper Over Failure of Afghanistan War

By: Friday September 3, 2010 3:20 pm

The Pentagon’s public relations machine is working overtime these days trying to sell a theme of “progress” in Afghanistan to push back against calls to end the war. The message machine behind this push is gargantuan, costing $547 million and employing more than 27,000 people. But, as our latest Rethink Afghanistan video shows, all that wasted P.R. money can’t paper over the fact that the Afghanistan War isn’t making us safer, and it’s not worth the cost.

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