Tag Archives: Warfare and Conflict

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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Joe Klein: We're Losing in Afghanistan

Howdy. I am on deadline, writing a piece that involves our current war in Afghanistan. So apologies for the low blog pace. But it means I’ve been k keeping an eye on what all the folks in media land are … Continue reading

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If you're in Vermont today… 'I Lost My Love in Baghdad'…

On the off chance you happen to be in Vermont this evening, I’ll be at Phoenix Books in Essex Junction at 6:30 PM, reading from the paperback and talking Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s a great independent shop, so stop by, … 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 Hurt Locker, Point Break, and War Junkies

I have an essay up over at the Huffington Post to get everybody excited about the Oscars. Or something like that. Its cultural wingspan stretches Jeremy Renner to Ernie Pylie and Robert Capa to Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves. Here’s … Continue reading

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Iraq is not the envy of the Middle East, btw

The Daily Beast has two pieces about Iraq’s election up on their website. One is written by Tunku Varadarajan, headlined “Iraq’s Political Miracle” and the other is written by me, titled “Iraq’s Last Election?” Clearly, Mr. Varadarajan see things a … Continue reading

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Should Obama keep our troops in Iraq?

The great Tom Ricks has an Op-Ed in the NYT that’s worth reading. Mainly, he suggests that if the political instability and violence continues in Iraq(almost certain) Obama should keep between 30-50,000 U.S. troops there for many years to come. … Continue reading

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