Quote of the day: Our Afghanistan War explained in 22 words

It's in red, and appears after the jump.  From "The War in Afghanistan ... and Haggling", Andrew Exum, Abu Muqawama (of the Center for a New American Security), 23 August 2009 -- Excerpt: Last week, I flew to Boston to give a talk on Afghanistan to a collection of senior-level government officials from the United … Continue reading Quote of the day: Our Afghanistan War explained in 22 words

You can end our war in Afghanistan

We have reached an important moment in the Afghanistan War, a point where citizen involvement can make a difference.  If we speak out.  And success here might show our strength, and lead to greater victories hereafter. Hawks usually give two justifications for the war: to prevent another 9-11, and to build a stable and "good" Afghanistan … Continue reading You can end our war in Afghanistan

The beginning of the end to our war in Afghanistan

Afghanistan war

This site contains mostly analysis, with few specific predictions.  Here is one one:  August 2009 will mark the beginning of the end to our war in Afghanistan.  The debate about the strategic foundation to the war has begun, and the advocates of ending the war have exposed its frail -- even fraudulent -- foundations.  Also with … Continue reading The beginning of the end to our war in Afghanistan

A Quote of the Day – we cannot help but see ourselves as Lords, and other nations as peons

During the past 50 years many (most?) Americans have adopted an imperial mindset.  It's visible to varying degrees in most writings about our wars.  Today's quote of the day shows an especially clear -- and weird -- example. Andrew Exum points the way, in his 8 August post at Abu Muqawama "Schmidle on Mehsud": Nick … Continue reading A Quote of the Day – we cannot help but see ourselves as Lords, and other nations as peons

Second salvo in the Afghanistan Strategy Debate — Bernard Finel

I think this Today's submission is by Bernard Finel (confired here).  (Exum does not include the author's name, unlike the first post.)  It's brilliant.  I have nothing to add, other than to say this is well worth reading. The Afghanistan Strategy Dialogue: Day Two, posted at Abu Muqawama, 9 August 2009 The first "pro-war" submission … Continue reading Second salvo in the Afghanistan Strategy Debate — Bernard Finel