Ten Years On, Afghan Government, Security Forces Mistreat, Ignore Public

By: Monday October 10, 2011 10:54 am

You may have missed it among all the protests and occupations, but last week marked the 10th anniversary of one of the longest wars in American history, the war in Afghanistan. Many of the soldiers now fighting that war were in grade school when it started. And both the US and NATO acknowledge that the [...]

Report: McChrystal Taken Off Duty

By: Wednesday June 23, 2010 10:24 am

MSNBC has it. The President has “relieved Gen. McChrystal of his command.” We should have a statement from the President within a few minutes, at 1:30pm ET. The key to that statement will be anything about the actual strategy for Afghanistan going forward. Policies, not personalities. More in a moment… …some are reporting that David [...]

McChrystal Meeting Less Crucial Than Strategy Reset in Afghanistan

By: Wednesday June 23, 2010 7:30 am

While we gather in anticipation outside the White House door, putting up an ear to the Oval Office, straining to hear any bits and pieces of the conversation, trying to make out whether Stanley McChrystal said “I’ve compromised the mission” again, it’s worth considering just what that mission is. And while the chatterers and courtiers [...]

Fire McChrystal, or Fire Afghanistan?

By: Tuesday June 22, 2010 1:59 pm

(UPDATE: McChrystal has resigned submitted his resignation, according to a few published reports. Consider this my response.) Mike Allen claims that Gen. McChrystal will have to resign or be fired for his remarks in a magazine article. If he specifically gets the ax for pretending to “scold” special forces ops for creating civilian casualties, that [...]

Establishment Unsure How to React to McChrystal Magazine Piece

By: Tuesday June 22, 2010 9:51 am

The reactions are coming in to the Rolling Stone piece on Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his entourage, and by and large the mood that leaps out to be is “incertitude.” They all seem to know that a protocol has been breached, though it’s little different than what McChrystal did before the decision to escalate in [...]

McChrystal, Aides Blast Obama to Rolling Stone

By: Tuesday June 22, 2010 6:45 am

Gen. Stanley McChrystal and a coterie of aides in Afghanistan stepped out in a magazine profile in Rolling Stone, speaking of betrayal and mocking members of the Administration like Vice President Joe Biden. McChrystal also expresses “disappointment” over his first meeting with President Obama, and especially over the appointment of Karl Eikenberry as the top [...]

Mission Creep: McChrystal Charges Taliban Training In Iran

By: Monday May 31, 2010 2:20 pm

Iran has thus far escaped military action in the post-9/11 world by dint of luck or guile or both, despite being situated between the two countries which suffered invasion by masses of American troops. Pro-war hawks have habitually planted stories about Iranian collusion of one sort or another with the insurgency in Iraq (the Iranians [...]

The Killings At Khatabeh

By: Monday April 5, 2010 7:18 am

NATO acknowledged over the weekend that they killed five civilians in a nighttime raid in Paktia province, Afghanistan, after maintaining for months that they played no role in the deaths. The story is an example of why initial casualty reports coming from official sources in a war zone cannot always be trusted: At the time [...]

McChrystal’s Admission On Civilian Casualties Merely An Observance of the Realities of War

By: Saturday April 3, 2010 12:29 pm

Justin Elliott decided to highlight an amazing passage in the New York Times from Gen. Stanley McChrystal, which garnered very little attention in subsequent days. In a town hall meeting with troops in Afghanistan, McChrystal said, “We’ve shot an amazing number of people and killed a number and, to my knowledge, none has proven to [...]

Conservative Surprised Everyone In World Not Also Dedicated To Defeating Obama

By: Friday November 27, 2009 11:00 am

I just thought this was amusing: Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, told a group of key lawmakers on Thursday that President Obama is engaged in a “thoughtful process” of deciding on his request for additional troops in the region. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), in a telephone interview from [...]

The Day The Afghanistan Decision Stood Still

By: Thursday November 12, 2009 6:54 am

It has been a consequential last 24 hours for the future of the US mission in Afghanistan. Karl Eikenberry, the current US Ambassador to the country, has dissented from the prevailing view that more troops are needed to secure the country, in a pair of secret cables. The U.S. ambassador in Kabul sent two classified [...]

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