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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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Iraq: If you helped us, watch your back

Wanted to direct your attention to a must read in Foreign Policy by Kirk Johnson. He highlights one of the least talked about yet troubling aspects of our Iraq withdrawal plan–all the Iraqis who’ve allied themselves with us are going … Continue reading

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Iraq: Setting the stage for the next, smaller, civil war

The alliance between Iraq’s two key political coalitions that was announced yesterday shores up the power of the Shiite-dominated regime in Baghdad for the next four years. My guess–a wild crystal ball prediction, to be sure–is that we’re seeing what … Continue reading

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The Volcano has left me stranded

Wanted to post a note: I’ve been on assignment in Europe, and thus have been caught in the great volcano catastrophe. While in the midst of rearranging my travel plans, blogging will be nonexistent to light for the next couple … 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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Afghanistan: The Birther Who Won't Go To War

I’m usually pretty sympathetic to conscientious  objectors, but this is just obscenely stupid. An Army flight surgeon, Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, won’t deploy to Afghanistan until President Obama proves he’s “a natural born citizen.” From Military.com: Lakin’s failure to report … Continue reading

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