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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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Damned if you do, damned if you don’t

With all the talk of Pakistan and the Taliban being 60 miles from Islamabad (as if they have tank divisions or conventional forces), I’d like to consider just a few things. 1) The Taleban are an insurgent group, not conventional … Continue reading

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Kaplan Article: Talking to the Taliban

Robert Kaplan has a new article out in The Atlantic called Talking to the Taliban (via Arab Media Shack). Kaplan points out that Obama’s new strategy, which consists of convincing Pakistan to sever ties with its long time ally the … Continue reading

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All It Takes is One Why

Anyone familiar with Socrates knows his favorite question was why. Those who regularly converse and argue with others, especially about political topics, knows a strategically placed “why” can halt your opponent in his tracks. This simple, yet crucial question is … Continue reading

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What Now in Afghanistan?

With the promotion of General David Petraeus to CENTCOM commander, commentators are questioning what it means for Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan but let’s focus on Afghanistan. On October 7th 2001, the Unites States and United Kingdom launched their attack on … Continue reading

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