Tag Archives: United States Army

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: Fighting a war without context

From Alissa Rubin’s story in the NYT this morning, ”U.S. Closes Outpost in The Valley of Death”: The near daily battles [in the Korengal Valley]were won, but almost always at the cost of wounded or dead. There were never enough … Continue reading

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Army says Xbox, PlayStation make recruits 'soft;' overhauls basic training

This is a post that would certainly be bettered handled by T/S colleague Paul Tassi, but I thought it was worth mentioning.From NPR via Military.com: The Army is making changes to its basic training regimen, partially because new recruits are … Continue reading

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Interview: Is Obama repeating Bush's mistakes? (And the dangers of supporting the troops)

On the opening page of Andrew Bacevich’s latest book is a simple dedication: “To the memory of my beloved son, Andrew John Bacevich, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army July 8, 1979-May 13, 2007.” I did not ask Bacevich, a former Army … 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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'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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Not a Shock: We're Arming Our Enemies

As it’s on the front page of the Times, the intrepid CJ Chiver’s story is probably going to get a lot of attention.  The rub: a bunch of the weapons and bullets we’ve shipped into Afghanistan to train the army and police have wound up … Continue reading

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