Category Archives: AfPak

He’s Dead, Jim

In the late sixties, and since then in endless syndication, we learned that things are pretty simple. In episode after episode of that original Star Trek show, the ship’s medical officer, McCoy, would turn to Captain James T. Kirk and … Continue reading

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Dark Days These Days

Yep, the winter solstice is coming up – the darkest day of the year, said to give rise to seasonal affective disorder – feelings of existential hopelessness and that sort of thing. Everything seems so dark – and in this … Continue reading

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Knowing Things

That last day in the classroom was a long time ago – June 1981 – and then it was goodbye to teaching English at the prep school in upstate New York, selling most everything, and then heading off to the … Continue reading

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What Job?

On the night of the full moon, on the First of December, President Obama spoke at West Point – we’re sending thirty thousand more troops to Afghanistan. As Spencer Ackerman has noted, that is not a “limited” troop increase – … Continue reading

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That Odd Noise Before Defeat

Greg Jaffe is a rather well-respected defense correspondent for the Washington Post, and he has won the Pulitzer Prize and all that, and his latest book, co-authored with David Cloud, is The Fourth Star: Four Generals and the Epic Struggle … Continue reading

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Troops to Task

We’ve been in Afghanistan now for eight years, and shortly after we began things there, on March 20, 2003, we began operations in Iraq. We continue on, doing whatever it is we are doing. And the rationales for everything we … Continue reading

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The Counterintuitive Options

As everyone learns in driver education, the counterintuitive can save your life. You’re in a skid, heading into the weeds, or a wall, and the thing to do is turn in the direction of the skid, not stand on the … Continue reading

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