The U.S., via the State Department, is spending considerable effort and money producing anti-ISIS videos and other media, the goal of which is to convince American and other would-be jihadis not to join ISIS. The efforts won’t work, almost can’t work. They fail to understand the way ISIS recruits and as such, can’t counter it.
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday November 10, 2014 9:25 am|
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday November 7, 2014 8:06 am|
The U.S., via the State Department, is spending considerable effort and money producing anti-ISIS videos and other media (actual example, left), the goal of which is to convince American and other would-be jihadis not to join ISIS. The efforts won’t work, almost can’t work. They fail to understand the way ISIS recruits and as such, can’t counter it.
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday November 6, 2014 1:48 pm|
Did you know the U.S. war in Afghanistan is still going on?
While the American war(s) in Iraq and Syria are the Kardashian’s of geopolitics– can’t get them out of the news, don’t want to look but you do anyway– America’s longest war trudges on. We have been fighting in Afghanistan for over thirteen years now. The young soldiers currently deployed there were barely in elementary school when their dad’s and mom’s kicked off the fighting.
And we still haven’t won anything.
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday November 3, 2014 6:30 pm|
Just ahead of the highly-contested midterm elections, Obama administration officials are denying rumors that they swapped Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier himself freed from Taliban captivity through a swap for five Guantanamo prisoners, for Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi.
Tahmooressi was released by coincidence just before the election after several months in a Mexican jail.
“It was a good ride,” said Bowe Bergdahl, “but like I told the Taliban guys on my last day with them, hey, nothing lasts forever.”
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday October 31, 2014 7:52 am|
Iraq’s Sunnis won’t fight ISIS for the U.S. says NIQASH, a non-profit media organization operating out of Berlin. Without Sunni support, America’s war in Iraq cannot succeed. Here’s why.
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday October 2, 2014 7:50 am|
The ISIS First Sergeant spat into the sand. “These new suicide bomber Western recruits just ain’t what they used to be. Shoot, I quit al Qaeda for ISIS just to get away from this amateur crap and here I am stepping in it again for ISIS.”
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday August 14, 2014 9:05 am|
Is ISIS a Direct Threat to the U.S.? Doubtful.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday August 5, 2014 7:50 am|
Using health care as a cover for U.S. espionage activities creates significant risks, not only for local populations but globally. Its execution is often clumsy, and it accomplishes little either for health or for intelligence needs.
|By: DSWright Thursday June 26, 2014 6:50 am|
Though cleared of misconduct during captivity, the investigation into whether Bergdahl deserted his unit before he was captured is ongoing.
The investigation is expected to take longer than usual due to Bergdahl’s recovery process and inability to be interviewed by investigators at this time.
|By: Juan Cole Sunday June 22, 2014 1:59 pm|
Anand Gopal’s No Good Men Among the Living is a deconstruction of the American “War on Terror” as it pertained to Afghanistan. It is an argument that the US military allowed itself to fall into chasing phantoms, put up to search and destroy missions by tribal allies mainly interested in using the Americans to settle feuds and deflect rivals. They got drawn into what anthropologists call the segmentary lineage political system of rural Afghanistan.
In short, as Gopal tells the story, there was no Taliban activity in Afghanistan to speak of by 2002, but the US military machine required an enemy.