Michael Yon: How Much is Afghanistan Really Worth to Us?

    Cross posted to The Political Class. Yon wonders if the Russians stand more to lose by us leaving Afghanistan than we do: While we prepare to shunt perhaps 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan (which still will not be enough), Russia continues to play the Asian chessboard. The Russians are picking off pawn after pawn, and steadily eroding our foreign policy influence with them and other | Read More »

    Afghanistan: Obama’s ridiculous hypocrisy

    During the campaign, Barack Obama repeatedly said that we were fighting on the wrong front in this War Against Militant Islamism, and that we needed more troops in Afghanistan to fight and defeat al Qaeda. Here is what I wrote almost a month before election day: Once the progress in Iraq became all too obvious, even to Obama, he credited the success to the increase | Read More »

    In Iraq and Afghanistan, President Obama Should Remember Paris

    The peace we seek in the world is not the flimsy peace which is merely an interlude between wars, but a peace which can endure for generations to come. It is important that we understand both the necessity and the limitations of America’s role in maintaining that peace. Unless we in America work to preserve the peace, there will be no peace. Unless we in | Read More »

    The Legacy of George W. Bush

    Unfortunately, for years to come, George W. Bush will now be known for an economic recession and nationalizing the banking industry. While that is partly true, that is not what he will be known for in forty years. I do believe that after America has had a chance to get through this economic downturn, no matter whose fault it is, we will be able to | Read More »

    Churchill’s fighting spirit MIA in Britain

    If the United States is going to achieve a surge-style victory in Afghanistan, it cannot depend on what was once its most reliable ally for help. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and many U.S. commanders on the ground have expressed doubts that Britain has the political will to fight. Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s move to withdraw British troops from southern Iraq and his demonstrated lack of | Read More »

    Bush world barbarians at Obama’s Gates

    Originally published by Mike gamecock DeVine as Legal Editor for The Minority Report Barack Obama was the one, who was waiting for? Was it us, or Al Qaeda in India; Russian missiles near Poland and warships in Venezuela, respectively; and Iran near the bomb? Suddenly, post-Olympics, post-Election Day and especially post-intelligence briefing, President George W. Bush’s post-911 record doesn’t look so bad. Why else would | Read More »

    War Warning For India

    Cross Posted from http://blog.freedomist.info/2008/11/27/mumbai/ William R Collier Jr.The American Freedomist Pakistan promises to aid India Stating that India should not jump to conclusions Hussain Hariqqa, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US, promised Pakistan’s support in the fight against terror. This more conciliatory tone is encouraging. If rogue elements within the ISI it is probable that the Pakistani government will take more serious measures to root them | Read More »

    Insurgents Pick On The Wrong Convoy

    “It was a good day for the Marine Corps. We killed a lot of bad guys, and none of our guys were seriously injured.” The short version of this story is simple. One shot. One kill. The long version is so very worth reading. It’s the story of what happened when a group of Marines were returning from a long patrol and were attacked with | Read More »

    The Honeymoon Is Not Quite Over . . .

    But while Barack Obama still has a lot of affection among antiwar types who saw him as a champion of their interests, that affection seems to be waning somewhat: Antiwar groups and other liberal activists are increasingly concerned at signs that Barack Obama’s national security team will be dominated by appointees who favored the Iraq invasion and hold hawkish views on other important foreign policy | Read More »

    Soldier Needs A Little Help

    Saw this on a blog written by a soldier currently deployed to Afghanistan. So I get an email the other day that says my XBox live membership is due to automatically renew in a month. Huh?!?! So I go online to the page for my account and what do you know there is no option to not automatically renew or to cancel. According to their | Read More »

    Afghanistan: What to do

    In several places, I’ve made the case that a proper counterinsurgency needs to be implemented in Afghanistan, along the lines of what is being done in Iraq. Because of differences in geography, culture, urbanization and other factors, the tactics in will be assuredly different in Afghanistan, but the general principles of clear-hold-build should apply. Am I absolutely sure about this? No, but I’ve seen some | Read More »

    Obama Does Not Know How to Use a Computer, Eithe

    Senator Obama’s campaign made fun of John McCain for not knowing how to use a computer. After the recent debate, I think Obama may not know how to use one, either. I remain undecided about the best way to stay informed about current events. I still like newspapers and cable television, but I also learn a lot from Internet news sites, even e-mail. Running for | Read More »

    Looking for a CinC

    The Army’s new field manual FM3-07 STABILITY OPERATIONS has just been released. Here’s what the Army says we should be looking for in a CinC: For every operation, commanders develop personal, detailed understanding of the situation and operational environment. They then visualize a desired end state and craft a broad concept for shaping the current conditions toward that end state. Finally, they describe their visualization | Read More »

    Vegas & Kabul

    I landed in Kabul August of 2003. My first trip to Vegas was about July/August of 2006.When I was flying into vegas, the surroundings reminded me of the mountains surrounding kabul. The only difference was that when we landed in Kabul, everyone was grabbing theirmagazines and locking and loading. We were warned to not step off the tarmac. Both citieswere, and are, much more crowded | Read More »

    Barack Obama and the Strategy That Must Not Be Named

    September was another month of declining violence in Iraq, both for civilians and military personnel. Below are the pictures, and I’m guessing that Barack Obama would prefer that you don’t see them. Once the progress in Iraq became all too obvious, even to Obama, he credited the success to the increase in troops, the troops themselves, the Sunni Awakening movements, and Muqtada al Sadr, but | Read More »