Category Archives: Afghanistanimation

Afghanistan and the meaning of the Helmand offensive

The Guardian wonders aloud about what the recent Marine and Brit offensive in Afghanistan really means: If the campaign in Helmand appears purposeful at all, it is because we choose to make it seem so through a combination of how … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: Play a videogame, kill an American, get outraged?

A clip caught my eye this morning over at Military.com, titled “Taliban Ambush On Videogame?” Apparently it’s from something called Project Reality: Battlefield 2 Mod, which admittedly looks pretty cool. But what’s kind of/sort of/maybe controversial is that in this … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: Time to drop the facade? It's kind of America's war

So Turkey, our NATO-ally, has suffered only one attack on their forces in Afghanistan in the past four years.  This is a little surprising, as violence in Afghanistan is at an all time high for NATO troops, with 400 attacks … Continue reading

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Afghanistan's New Ride: Less bumpy, same views

Soldiers I know have a love hate relationship with the MRAP, aka, the “mine resistant ambush protected” vehicle, pronounced in acronymese as “em-wrap.” The MRAP replaced the Humvee as ride of choice for U.S. forces in Iraq, and a new … Continue reading

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McKiernan: A Victim of the Myth Makers?

For those who haven’t already forgotten, we decided to swap commanders in Afghanistan a couple of weeks back. General David McKiernan got unceremoniously removed. He’s going to be replaced by a gent named General Stanley McChrystal. Anyhow: this week, military advisor … Continue reading

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Anand Gopal: Traveling In Taliban Country

Today one of the most insightful sources of reporting from Afghanistan comes from Anand Gopal, a writer for the Christian Science Monitor. I had the pleasure of meeting Anand on my visit to Kabul last fall. Over the course of a few dinners, … Continue reading

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Don't Ask Don't Tell: Memorial Day Weekend Edition

Brian Hughes, a former Army Ranger who wrote an op-ed in the WSJ about “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” responded over at Pam’s Houseblend to my earlier post. Hughes writes: As for Michael Hastings: 1) He completely ignores women in the service, of … Continue reading

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