Category Archives: Pakistan????

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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'The Army Is A 24-Hour Gay Joke'

This week, ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ has come back into the news. Obama promised on the campaign trail he’d scrap the rule, but hasn’t. On Tuesday, Rachel Maddow interviewed Air Force pilot Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbech, who’s being kicked out because … Continue reading

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So Here's That Plan To Secure the Nukes

A week or three ago, I was wondering what the Taliban seizing control of Pakistan’s nukes would actually look like.  I took a somewhat skeptical tone to my post, noting that this kind of ‘Taliban With the Finger on the Button Scenario’ … Continue reading

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More On McKiernan: A 'Dirty' Move…'Surprised It Didn't Happen Sooner'

Traveling today, so a quick follow up on the post below. Heard back from a U.S. official who knows about these things. (Yes, I know that’s vague sourcing, but we’ll have to live with it.) The bullet points from that … Continue reading

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What Does McKiernan's Exit Mean?

Earlier today, SecDef Gates announced that General David McKiernan was stepping down as the U.S. commander in Afghanistan. His replacement is Lt. General Stanley McChrytsal. Gates is billing this as a way to get “fresh thinking” on the situation.   So what does this “brutal … Continue reading

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U.S. Airstrikes a Taliban Conspiracy, Says Ex-VP Richard Bruce Cheney

After unplugging for two glorious days, I return to find my Google Mail Box filled with stories about American Airstrikes.  Sort of like American Apparel, but without the great billboards.   Mostly we’re talking airstrikes in Afghanistan. The latest flare up concerns thirteen bombs dropped … Continue reading

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What If McCain Was Escalatin'?

E&P’s Greg Mitchell, tweeting yesterday from a media conference in New Orleans, shared this: “Deep thought: If McCain had won, and enacted the same Afghan policy we see with Obama, you’d be all over him.” No doubt. (Granted, there’s a good chance … Continue reading

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