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.
|By: Derrick Crowe Friday September 3, 2010 3:20 pm|
|By: Derrick Crowe 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.
|By: Derrick Crowe 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.
|By: Derrick Crowe 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.
|By: Jim White 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.
|By: Josh Mull 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.
|By: Derrick Crowe Sunday May 16, 2010 1:15 pm|
Simply put, the president’s continued troop increases aren’t working.
|By: Jim White 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.
|By: David Dayen 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?”