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Boots on the Ground comment on Afghanistan’s Blackwater Ban

No matter what happens in the US/NATO showdown with the Taliban in Southern Afghanistan in the coming months, the chaos in Kabul is now destined to continue. This is because last month, President Hamid Karzai ordered that all private security … Continue reading

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A Joppolo for 21st Century Afghanistan

From Robert D. Kaplan’s groundbreaking piece, Supremacy by Stealth, written in 2003: When I asked Major Paul S. Warren, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, home of the Army’s Special Operations Command, what serves as the model for a civil-affairs officer … Continue reading

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It took us Nine Years to Figure this Out?

The M-4 is an updated version of the M-16, and the U.S. military’s workhorse rifle. It has been used in battle for the last 40 years and was designed for close combat in Vietnam. It worked well in Iraq, where … Continue reading

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Google Map of US drone strikes in Pakistan

View U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan in a larger map The New America Foundation has mapped drone strikes in Pakistan over the past 6 years using Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedemann’s drones database. Their policy paper is here, describing their … Continue reading

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R.I.P., Charlie Wilson

Only in America could a whiskey-loving, cocaine-snorting, womanizing badboy and flamboyant wisecracker, elected to serve in the US Congress from a rural backwater district situated deep in Dixie Christian fundamentalist territory, find an idealistic spark that made him determined to … Continue reading

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In Defense of Drones

Farhat Taj has a very interesting article in the Daily Times (Pakistan) that vigorously justifies drone attacks. Taj’s credentials are curious — she is a research fellow at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Research at the University of Oslo, and … Continue reading

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Solving Afghanistan, one PPT slide at a time

Look at this powerpoint slide! I haven’t seen that many arrows since Agincourt. From Marginal revolution: It’s all in this military powerpoint, apparently official.  On the positive side they are aware the problem is complex. In the Novum Organum, published … Continue reading

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How a debellicized Europe can make a difference

Kaplan argues that NATO’s 7000 troop contribution to the Afghan surge should not be considered an end, but a beginning: Consider: China is rising as a great power, particularly in the naval sphere. The U.S. will not fight a war … Continue reading

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When to maintain contacts with bad guys

The New York Times has gathered together an impressive round table of wise men and women to discuss the case of Ahmed Wali Karzai, (brother of President Karzai) who has been linked to the drugs trade in Afghanistan and recently … Continue reading

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Kaplan on Afghanistan

Hat Tip to Chief Wiggum for bringing our attention to a new Kaplan article in the NYT. Beijing’s Afghan Gamble By ROBERT D. KAPLAN IN Afghanistan’s Logar Province, just south of Kabul, the geopolitical future of Asia is becoming apparent: … Continue reading

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