Call off the drones

    In a piece a couple of Sundays ago by a Pakistani BBC correspondent on how the Pakistanis are caving to the Taliban, these paragraphs popped out: In Swat, I heard the same story again and again: Before the peace deal, soldiers would stop people at checkpoints and say, “Don’t go that way, the Taliban are slitting someone’s throat.” But they wouldn’t intercede to stop the | Read More »

    More Murtha Wrongheadedness

    First of all, let’s go back in time and reminisce about Jack Murtha’s comments on Iraq. “The United States and coalition troops have done all they can in Iraq, but it is time for a change in direction.” Murtha was only marginally right. A change in direction was needed, but it was clear that our troops we’re not doing all they could do. He then | 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 »