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

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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

The first salvo in the Afghanistan Strategy Debate

Scott Wedman writes the first essay Andrew Exum posts at Abu Muqawama, the first salvo in his Afghanistan Strategy Debate.  It is an astonishingly weak first choice, considering that Exum appears to support the war.  I have inserted rebuttals.  The war in Afghanistan is in the interests of the United States for four reasons. First, increasing stability … Continue reading The first salvo in the Afghanistan Strategy Debate

Exum: “Introducing the Afghanistan Strategy Dialogue”

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A powerful challenge by Andrew Exum:  "Introducing the Afghanistan Strategy Dialogue", posted at Abu Muqawama, 7 August 2009 -- The reply I submitted appears after this excerpt. Upon returning from Afghanistan, one of the things I have noticed is how quickly support for the war in Afghanistan has diminished in the United States (especially in … Continue reading Exum: “Introducing the Afghanistan Strategy Dialogue”