Failure in Iraq, and the Coming Failure in Afghanistan, Explained

By: Wednesday July 30, 2014 8:55 am

The Chinese Army roared through the small town in Northern Virginia.

The initial troops were tough veterans of the fighting outside DC, and a lot of people were killed by early shelling and mortar attacks. A tank battle near the Arlington Hospital destroyed much of the building and faulty intelligence that weapons were being stored inside the Thomas Jefferson elementary school led to the horrific air attack that killed 50 children with a “smart bomb.” The Chinese initially denied it all, until Eastern media broadcast cell phone photos. That prompted the Chinese to claim local residents actually blew up the school either by accidentally mis-aiming their crude mortars, or as a propaganda ploy. A gang rape of a young woman was never reported on the Chinese news even though it was common knowledge among residents.


$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.

NATO Forces in Afghanistan Killed Civilians in Sangin, Evidence Now Shows

By: Friday August 6, 2010 11:35 am

Exclusive, on-the-ground interviews obtained by Brave New Foundation’s Rethink Afghanistan project confirm what U.S. and allied forces repeatedly denied: U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan killed dozens of people in the Sangin District of Helmand Province on July 23.

Busting White House Spin on WikiLeaks: No Leak Required

By: Thursday July 29, 2010 9:35 am

President Obama managed to show just how nimble and how disingenuous an administration can be in his response to the WikiLeaks fiasco.

Afghanistan Rights Monitor Critical of Washington “Progress” Talk

By: Wednesday July 14, 2010 8:05 am

If you can’t protect the population generally, from the perspective of COIN doctrine, you lose. If you lack a legitimate host nation government as a partner, you lose. And guess what? According to that doctrine — the doctrine used as the rationale for the troop-heavy American strategy in Afghanistan — the United States is losing. Badly.

Under Breakdown Analysis, Official ISAF Mission Statement in Afghanistan Breaks Down

By: Monday July 5, 2010 9:00 am

In this post on Sunday, I noted that General David Petraeus’ comments on Saturday had touted the team and the mission in Afghanistan without ever getting around to noting just what the mission really is. Late in the comment thread, Lieutenant Commander Bill Speaks, head of the Digital Engagement Team for Central Command, turned up in comments to provide a link to the official ISAF mission statement. Under a breakdown analysis, the ISAF mission statement in Afghanistan breaks down entirely.

Afghanistan: Has Hamid Karzai Already Joined the Taliban?

By: Friday June 18, 2010 4:30 pm

The real endgame Karzai is working toward is that of a nominal, Pashtun-nationalist government in Kabul overlaying a Taliban-dominated countryside. Together they function not only as a crime family capable of exploiting Afghanistan’s resources but also as a highly effective proxy for Pakistan’s interminable battle against Indian influence.

GAO Report: Afghanistan Surge is Failing to Achieve Objectives

By: Thursday May 6, 2010 5:11 pm

On Wednesday, the non-partisan Government Accounting Office released a report (pdf) on Afghanistan. The report reminds us that President Obama chose to increase troop levels in Afghanistan in response to increasing levels of violence there. Despite the increased troop levels, there has been a continued increase in violence, which is further hampering the efforts to provide conditions under which a stable Afghan government can operate.

Does Today’s Afghanistan Violence Mirror the Tet Offensive

By: Monday January 18, 2010 6:30 pm

I saw a few comments that today’s Taliban assault on Kabul had people asking, “What’s Pashto for Tet?”

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