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Bailing on Bin Laden

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On November 29, 2009
I should hope that the absurdity of conservative commentary on Afghanistan is self-evident, but to summarize briefly, the Obama administration is currently under wingnut fire for a) under-resourcing the Afghanistan mission, and b) failing to do exactly what Stanley McChrystal wants (even as it, apparently, does pretty much exactly what Stanley McChrystal wants). The patent […]

Obama’s war

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On November 24, 2009

An unfortunate aspect of the nature of politics is that principled opposition to disastrous and/or immoral policies tends to either disappear or at least lose much of its intensity when such policies

Two Points on COIN

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On November 4, 2009
First, I don’t think that there’s quite enough appreciation of this: But the choice between a mindset that says “the main purpose of the military is to scare China & Russia” or a mindset that says “the main purpose of the military is to intervene effectively in third world backwaters” has very real implications for […]

The Will to Stupid

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On October 30, 2009

Serwer does the necessary business to this idiotic David Brooks column: We’ve been hearing some version of the “is Obama tough enough” argument since he started running for president

BruceR, responding to a question about Afghan army training from Matt Yglesias: Building anew is harder than renovating. In Afghanistan as in Iraq we really are doing our best to junk the old system, recognizing correctly that it was part of the problem in the first place. Building another Afghan army like all other previous […]

More UK Defence Procurement Woes

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On July 19, 2009
It appears that the UK MoD rejected several opportunities to shore up its helicopter fleet: Defence ministers spurned three separate deals to buy American Black Hawk helicopters which would have helped to plug the dangerous shortage facing British troops in Afghanistan. The most recent rejection came only days ago, the Observer can reveal. A letter […]

Droning

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On May 17, 2009

It’s hard to disagree with David Kilcullen and Andrew Exum on the drone issue: Governments typically make several mistakes when attempting to separate violent extremists from populations in whic

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