Will’s faltering will
George Will started and ended his piece with a personal story of a Marine who experienced emotional trauma. The part that I take issue with (among others) is this: Genius is not required to recognize that in Afghanistan, when means now, before more American valor, such as Allen’s, is squandered. Have Allen’s efforts and valor been squandered? George Will made his conclusion, but to me | Read More »
Gray-beard Liberal compares Obama to Carter, while Sen. Feingold Predicts No Health Care Bill by Christmas
The degree of the political problem that President Obama’s “damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead,” approach to health care reform has caused the ruling party in Washington, D.C. is beginning to become clear from some comments made by cognoscenti of the Democratic Party. A gray-beard of the liberal establishment, Richard Cohen, wrote today in the Washington Post that the most apt comparison to President Obama | Read More »
Obama compared to… LBJ?
Ah, the first “Is [INSERT GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION HERE] [INSERT PRESIDENT'S NAME HERE]‘s Vietnam?” article written about a Presidential administration. Always a magical time. Could Afghanistan Become Obama’s Vietnam? WASHINGTON — President Obama had not even taken office before supporters were etching his likeness onto Mount Rushmore as another Abraham Lincoln or the second coming of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Yet what if they got the wrong | Read More »
Just a reminder. In some places in the world, simply trying to vote could get you killed.
The Taliban would make the Black Panthers look like a Girl Scout troop. Threats of Violence Cast Shadow Over Afghan Elections KABUL — Threats of Taliban violence and rumors of fraud cast a shadow over Afghanistan’s election, in which millions of voters will choose a new president Thursday to lead a nation plagued by armed insurgency, drugs, corruption and a feeble government. I hope they’re | Read More »
Whither the Withering Antiwar Movement?
It was a dreary November morning in 2006. I still lived in Alexandria, VA back then. While voting for the GOP, I reminded myself of a classic Robert Heinlein novel – Stranger In a Strange Land.
Standing in line, I was surrounded by angry hordes of liberals. They anticipated a Visigoth holiday at the expense of Speaker Hastert’s dying GOP majority. I heard endless talk of ending the war. The line repeated by many in line was that this was the most important election of their lifetime. The war had to end.
At another precinct near the one I voted in, a man drove up in a pick-up truck with a coffin in the back. A sign on it read “George W. Bush Killed My Son.” The Democrats swept into power, the wars continue interminably, and the bereaved gentleman’s son still lies dead. It’s the major-league protests that are missing.
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On the topic of Afghan “censorship” and the rights and duties of a free press
Merriam-Webster defines the word censor thus: : to examine in order to suppress or delete anything considered objectionable <censor the news>; also : to suppress or delete as objectionable <censor out indecent passages> For censorship of expression to occur, therefore, two things must be present. The expression must be examined for objectionability. The expression then must be deleted or suppressed, which is to say that | Read More »
Obama’s “strategy” for Afghanistan – dumbest thing I’ve ever seen
Just how stupid do they think people – including the Taliban leadership – are? The WSJ had an article today with General McChrystal saying the Taliban are gaining the upper hand. Anyone in the Pentagon or Washington who finds this a surprise should find another line of work. This quote says it all. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, the commander offered a | Read More »
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail: Kabul, Afghanistan
Combined Joint Task Force 82 (CJTF 82, US National Command Element in Afghanistan) reported retaking the city of Barge Matal in eastern Nuristan Province, from the Taliban on July 13th. Nothing out of the ordinary there, a common tactic of the Taliban is to find an area that doesn’t have a strong military presence, move in and take over. They then post some videos on | Read More »
Mr. Obama Enjoy Your Beer Because 75 Soldiers Died In Afghanistan In July So You Could Drink It
July 2009 was one of the deadliest months for United States soldiers in Afghanistan. 75 of our best and bravest sacrificed their lives in defense of freedom and not once during the month did their Commander in Chief even acknowledge that soldiers were dying for America. During July Obama traveled to Italy for the G8, he visited the Pope, traveled to Africa for the publicity, | Read More »
Obama is making a muddled mess out of Afghanistan and Pakistan
The news the past few days is really shocking. June 27“Holbrooke said this week that the Bush administration’s strategy of eradicating poppy crops in Afghanistan, one of the primary sources of funding for the Taliban insurgency, had failed. Subsistence farmers who lost their livelihood instead filled the ranks of the Taliban, he said.” July 8“Hey, guys, don’t pick the poppies…. That’s the order from the | Read More »
Kidnapped soldiers: what we do vs what we tell Israel to do
Interesting contrast here. Israel gets a soldier captured and held in Gaza. Obama demands that they not overract and do anything that might harm civilians, don’t enact community punishment, etc. In fact, he tells Israel the solution is to give in to all Palestinian demands and then keep their fingers crossed. But the same thing happens to us in Afghanistan and — well let’s just | Read More »
Islamists Buy Children for Suicide Bombings, Pakistan Fights Back
Just when you thought Taliban couldn’t get any more sick, new reports from Pakistan that terror chief Baitullah Mehsud has been buying and selling children for suicide bombing missions. Baitullah Mehsud is associated with al Qaeda and the Taliban and is considered the architect of the assassination of PM Benazir Bhutto, wife of current President Zardari. The current Pakistani government appears to be taking this | Read More »
Q: When is a surge not a surge?
A: When Obama forces it to be a Marine version of community policing. Thousands of U.S. Marines descended upon the volatile Helmand River valley in helicopters and armored convoys early Thursday, mounting an operation that represents the first large-scale test of the U.S. military’s new counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan. The operation will involve about 4,000 troops from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, which was dispatched | Read More »
Is Palin going back to the Middle East?
Governor Sarah Palin recently tweeted: “Got Fed ok for Adjutant Gen Campbell, Command Sgt Major Choate and me to travel to our Ak Army Natl Guard troops on Wed. Glad to go to them” The 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate’s tweet didn’t say exactly where she would travel to visit the toops. But one has to wonder why she would need permission from the Feds | Read More »
Rules of Disengagement: A Troubling New U.S. Combat Posture In Afghanistan
As a general matter, while I write a fair amount about national security strategy, I’m usually hesitant to wade into military tactics, a subject best left to the professionals. Even among those who know their stuff, military tactical decisions often involve difficult tradeoffs on which reasonable people can and do disagree, plus people who lack a military background (as I do) often make hilarious mistakes | Read More »