Category Archives: Currently Reading/ Watching

Hakeemullah Mehsud is… Hard to Kill!

Pardon my amateurish photoshopping. It seems like every week brings a new report claiming the demise of Pakistan’s Taliban leader Hakeemullah Mehsud only to have him pop up in a video days later, celebrating his continued existence in a mocking … Continue reading

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OIF Original Aims

Five years and going, the Iraq War has been subject to more spin, hyperbole and misinformation that anything else in our time. According to Douglas Feith, in his new book War and Decision, the two biggest errors of the Bush … Continue reading

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Another Day, Another UAV

News from Abkhazia seems to be a broke record these days. The Abkhaz news agency is claiming that two more Georgian drones were shot down today. So what is going on? As far as I can tell, the drone in … Continue reading

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Douglas Feith

Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith, who served from July 2001 until August 2005, has recently published a new book, War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism. It details his … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading II

Here’s the latest from my bookshelf for readers to peruse and suggest additions to. Upcoming book: At the top of my massive to-read pile at the moment is God and Gold by Walter Russel Mead. Was turned on to this … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading

To add a peek into the reading habits of your humble bloggers here at Coming Anarchy and in the interest of exchanging recommendations, I’ll be occasionally noting the books I’m reading here with short descriptions. Enjoy! Upcoming book: The River … Continue reading

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Recipe for Trouble

According to American Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, the referendum on the status of Kirkuk will likely be delayed. “There is a general realization out there that, as a practical matter, it is going to be very hard to stick … Continue reading

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Outmaneuvering Russia

An interesting development in the forever-stalled final status of Kosovo. Back in July, RFERL reported that the issue may be moved from the UN to the Contact Group for the Balkans, formed back during the war in Bosnia. However, the … Continue reading

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Why Iraq Doesn’t Matter

The US may be in Iraq for longer than many expected, but it seems now it will be much shorter than some thought. Debates will continue, partisan bickering will press on and the public disillusion will remain. However, the outcome … Continue reading

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Iraqi Kurdistan: The End of Turkey’s EU Dreams?

With weekly threats from Turkey to invade Iraqi Kurdistan, it seems the situation is becoming progressively worse. While the PKK is a problem, it is of course only the ostensible reason. In fact, free Kurds make Turkey nervous and rightly … Continue reading

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