I haven’t fully weighed in on Chris Hayes’ segment from Sunday about the use of concepts like heroism and valor when discussing the US military, and I’m not sure I have to. Conor Friedersdorf, a conservative, says most of what needs to be said here. Meanwhile, NBC shamelessly invited guests to attack Hayes while misrepresenting what he said.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday May 29, 2012 2:50 pm|
|By: David Dayen Tuesday May 29, 2012 2:10 pm|
There’s a lot that can be said about the NYT article on the Administration drone program, especially by Glenn Greenwald. The Administration has minimized admitted civilian casualties by changing semantics, using the term militants to refer to all adult males within a particular kill zone. And Marcy Wheeler adds that John Brennan has been proven as a liar through this article on the subject of civilian casualties. I want to focus on the incredible context of secrecy for this article.
|By: David Dayen Monday May 28, 2012 12:00 pm|
West Point academics are reportedly debating the value of counter-insurgency. Rethinking counter-insurgency is just long overdue. I never saw it as much more than a make-work program for defense contractors. It was a theory predicated on believing that modern wars take huge commitments over a number of years. It put us into two of the longest wars in our history – three, if you see Vietnamization as an early prototype of COIN – which also happen to be the most tragic and needless.
|By: David Dayen Monday May 21, 2012 2:12 pm|
NATO formally announced a new timeline for the winding down of troops in Afghanistan, agreeing to transfer responsibility for security to the Afghans by the summer of 2013, with the withdrawal of most troops timed for the end of 2014. This is a similar timeline to the exit of troops from Iraq, with a transfer [...]
|By: David Dayen Friday May 18, 2012 1:00 pm|
Yesterday, Senate Republicans blocked yet another Iran sanctions bill on the grounds that they needed more time to study it and make sure it was sufficiently punitive. In fact, Republicans want the next sanctions bill to include an “explicit threat of a U.S. military strike if Iran refuses to curb its nuclear ambitions.”
But while Republicans – and sadly, most Democrats – continue to ramp up the frenzy toward war, negotiation has broken out among Iran and its adversaries. Follow-on talks between Iran and Western powers will begin this coming week in Baghdad.
|By: David Dayen Monday May 7, 2012 12:00 pm|
Last week the President announced in a surprise visit to Afghanistan that the US signed a long-term agreement with the country that would more or less keep an American presence there for an indefinite period. And now we have an embarrassing admission, a bipartisan agreement from the heads of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, that the surge in Afghanistan, if its mission was to stop the advance of the Taliban in the country, completely failed its objectives.
|By: David Dayen Thursday April 12, 2012 2:30 pm|
|By: David Dayen Monday April 9, 2012 11:45 am|
AS talks begin in Geneva on Iran’s nuclear program, the US laid out preconditions essentially equal to the Administration’s goals: if Iran stops all uranium enrichment and closes their nuclear facility buried into the mountain near Qom, then talks can progress. The Iranian Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, did not agree to the preconditions today, but Iran did float a counter-offer for the negotiations, allowing them to retain enrichment capabilities.
|By: David Dayen Saturday April 7, 2012 6:00 pm|
Sometimes the back channel will tell you more than what happens in public.
|By: David Dayen Saturday March 31, 2012 10:00 am|
In a sign of how well things are going in Afghanistan, NATO and US troops are designating guards for any time they come into contact with the Afghan security forces they’re supposed to be training.