The Afghanistan Study Group report is out, and the fight is on. A number of critiques have been leveled at the report, one of the most influential being Joshua Foust’s over at Registan.net, chunks of which are percolating upward into larger outlets. Foust is a smart guy with whom I regularly debate, but there’s a [...]
|By: Derrick Crowe Wednesday September 15, 2010 10:23 am|
|By: Robert Naiman Friday September 10, 2010 11:17 am|
The report of the Afghanistan Study Group makes arguments that stand a good chance of moving the Washington debate towards ending the war.
|By: Derrick Crowe Thursday February 4, 2010 9:00 am|
The New York Times recently published the full text of U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry’s memo to President Obama detailing his deep reservations about sending more troops to Afghanistan. The White House ignored his warnings and sent troops anyway.
|By: Derrick Crowe Sunday November 22, 2009 4:30 pm|
If Matthew Hoh could tell you one thing to help you understand the U.S.’s predicament in Afghanistan, he’d tell you:
The presence of our ground combat troops is not doing anything to defeat al-Qaida.
|By: Derrick Crowe Thursday November 19, 2009 3:00 pm|
I’m convinced that when we look back on the key events on the road out of Afghanistan, we’ll mark Matthew Hoh’s resignation as one of the milestones. Hoh’s resignation letter is a devastating four-page indictment of the misguided U.S. policy in that country, and his experience in Anbar, Iraq gave his views heft in the debate about whether an Iraq-style “surge” provided a template for “success” in Afghanistan. Do yourself a favor: if you haven’t yet read the letter, do so.
|By: Derrick Crowe Tuesday November 17, 2009 2:16 pm|
The Progressive Caucus just sent a letter to President Obama asking for a meeting to discuss “a comprehensive rethinking of our military mission, a complete redesign of our reconstruction and stabilization strategy and a courageous reconciliation strategy for Afghanistan.”
|By: HoundDog Wednesday October 28, 2009 11:52 am|
CPT Matthew Hoh leads by example, issues a call-out to those who want our troops brought home.
|By: Derrick Crowe Tuesday October 27, 2009 8:40 am|
Senator John Kerry came back from Afghanistan calling President Hamid Karzai a “patriot” and supportive of a plan “closer to McChrystal than to Biden,” meaning he loves him some counterinsurgency, just not in the doses prescribed by Gen. McChrystal. Kerry’s Monday speech to the Council on Foreign Relations shows that in sipping the COIN Kool-Aid, he’s beginning to display the worst habits of internal contradiction prevalent among the counterinsurgency glitterati.