Tag Archives: Stanley McChrystal

Afghanistan: Marjah? Ulcer? This ain't no bleeding ulcer!

And so the war turns: I highlighted McClatchy’s story on McChrystal and Marjah earlier in the week, wherein the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (COMISAF, to his friends) was quoted calling Marjah a “bleeding ulcer.” The headline of … Continue reading

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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: 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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The Greatest Radio Interview, Perhaps Ever

Or at least it’s a fun interview that occurred last week on Scott Horton’s must-listen Antiwar Radio Show, wherein I was his guest. The link is here, so have a listen if you want to hear my uncensored comments and … 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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Afghanistan: In it to win what? Plus: Politically, it's a loser if you win

The WSJ has an Op-Ed today from Kori Schake, which manages to be both enlightening and annoying at the same time. Ms. Schake, as the headline indicates, thinks President Obama should either “commit to Afghanistan or get out…We shouldn’t send … Continue reading

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