Afghan War

P.S. Chatterbox, Oct. 30, 2011

by on October 30, 2011

The P.S. Chatterbox is a weekend news feed of recommended readings and viewings.

Wartime Contracting Panel Seals Records for Next 20 Years

Established by Congress to investigate and expose government waste, the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan has decided to not reveal its volumes of materials to the public for another two decades.

After three years of work, the commission officially shut down last week, having concluded

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Slaughter of Innocents

by on March 3, 2011

Peter Paul Reubens, Massacre of the Innocents.

I read this news–predictable as it was horrific–with a real sinking feeling.  The murder collatoral damage of these 9 boys is a harbinger of the new tactics being used in the Afghan counter-insurgency.  Air power is being used very aggressively, as it was back in the day with Soviet Sukhois dropping butterfly bombs.  The casualties inolved in these sort of tactics were …
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Manchurian Senators

by on February 24, 2011

Lt. Gen. William Caldwell--Puppetmaster

The only reason we know of Lt. General Caldwell’s attempted brain-washing of his civilian bosses, senators and other VIPs, is that, fortunately, his command mutinied over such an illegal order.  That the army is still made up, by and large, of professionals who are willing to suffer the sort of retaliation one gets from being vulnerable and stationed in Afghanistan, is a heartening thought.  But …
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Yes, We Are Fighting A War In Pakistan

by on January 15, 2011

Gunmen attacked 14 tankers carrying fuel for U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan as they sat parked at a roadside restaurant in southwest Pakistan on Saturday, officials said.

Via Clip Syndicate

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Afghanistan: Déjà vu All Over, Again

by on January 6, 2011

Recently, the intractable situation in America’s longest war, the occupation of Afghanistan, has re-entered the news.  Another review has made the frank assessment that national reconciliation is needed, that there is no military solution, that the situation with safe havens across the Pakistani border for insurgents is intolerable but that, allegedly, “progress” was being made and the government should stay the course.  One could make a detailed critique …
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