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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

Plausible Lies, Mr. Karzai…

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On February 8, 2009
The key to diplomacy is to tell lies plausible enough that the listener isn’t embarrassed: A foretaste of what would be in store for President Hamid Karzai after the election of a new American administration came last February, when Joseph R. Biden Jr., then a senator, sat down to a formal dinner at the palace […]

Grenade

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On December 27, 2008

Hadn’t seen this before… I wonder how many people have survived after throwing themselves onto grenades? There’s not even a category on wikipedia: A Royal Marine who threw himself on

Little Blue Pills…

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On December 26, 2008

Creative COIN: U.S intelligence officials use “novel incentives,” but this is not limited to Viagra. Sometimes, “notoriously fickle warlords and chieftains” can be won over wit

From the Mouths of Wingnuts

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On November 15, 2008
The Astute Bloggers make a claim: I have believed from the start that Bush should have nuked Tora Bora in 2001. The GWOT would have ended right then and there. It would have sent the right message: Don’t Tread On Me! Instead Bush has has the USA wage a war with one hand behind our […]

Ackerman from Afghanistan

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On September 30, 2008

Last week, Spencer Ackerman and I diavlogged about Afghanistan. Spencer was in Kabul at the time; I was merely in Cincinnati… Also check out Spencer’s Afghanistan coverage at the Washingto

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