Tag Archives: Asia

Afghanistan: 'A bleeding ulcer'

Here’s an update on the progress of the Marjah offensive, straight from the mouth of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. “This is a bleeding ulcer right now,” McChrystal told a group of Afghan officials, … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: 'Courageous restraint,' the new catch phrase

From the AP, via Military.com: FORWARD OPERATING BASE RAMROD, Afghanistan — NATO commanders are weighing a new way to reduce civilian casualties in Afghanistan: recognizing troops for “courageous restraint” if they avoid using force that could endanger innocent lives. The … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: What the 'Red Dawn' version of Obama's speech would look like

I couldn’t find the exact and more appropriate clip online from the 1984 classic “Red Dawn” that I was hoping to use (the one where the Cuban colonel and the Russian political officer have a conversation about Afghanistan, Vietnam, and … Continue reading

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U.S. Commander to Obama: Give me what I want or I quit!

I mentioned yesterday that Obama was getting heavy pressure from the military brass to send more troops. The pressure has risen another notch. According to the always excellent Nancy Youssef at McClatchy, General Stanley McChrystal may quit if he doesn’t … 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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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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