Tag Archives: Military

Afghanistan: McChrystal streamlines command, restricts night raids

The Times story yesterday is a pretty interesting read. General Stanley McChrystal has put most of the Special Forces operating in Afghanistan under his command. Historically, as wars go, there’s a big advantage of having a streamlined command, and the … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: Spies like us? Or, can military intel folks really act like journalists?

A report on how the U.S. military needs to revamp its intel gathering operations in Afghanistan is causing quite a stir. Authored by Maj. Gen. Michael Flynn, “Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan” contains fairly gutsy … 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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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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Is our private military bigger than our real military?

From the ever present AP: In its first report to Congress, the Wartime Contracting Commission presents a bleak assessment of how tens of billions of dollars have been spent since 2001. The 111-page report, obtained by The Associated Press, documents … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: Don't mess with my air strikes!

The NYT’s story on a military report about errant air strikes in Afghanistan is my must read of the day. A military investigation has concluded that American personnel made significant errors in carrying out some of the airstrikes in western … Continue reading

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