Liberals wonder why they lose elections. It's not that Republicans are smart or even better, except about things like this, maybe.
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"In this undated photo released by the U.S. Marines, Sgt. Dakota Meyer poses for a photo while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Ganjgal Village, Kunar province, Afghanistan. The White House announced the 23-year-old Marine scout sniper from Columbia, Ky., who has since left the Marine Corps, will become the first living Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor in decades for his actions in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/U.S. Marines)"
Posted by Amicus at 12:02 PM
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
No Kilcullen metrics for this?: McCrystal tries to change ethos of Special Forces in Afghanistan.
One wonders if the COIN theorists are prepared for the tension on the force, because of rules that increase risk.
Face it, that bargain is a very tough one to maintain even under a robust code-of-arms, witness Israeli soldiers charged with war crimes.
Posted by Amicus at 8:49 AM
Assessing the militants’ numbers, General Barrons said: “There are probably 900 in the leadership, counting very junior to very senior, and there are between 25,000 and 36,000 people who would call themselves fighters.”
So, at a breakneck pace of 1,000 a month (a figure I doubt we've ever achieved to date), it would be three years or thirty-six months to kill, capture, or convert (neutralize) all Taliban fighters.
Posted by Amicus at 3:13 AM
Wheels within wheels.
Now, it looks like Pakistan may have been a prime mover in the arrest of Baradar, Taliban honcho in the Queta Shura. (What I find amusing is that Karzai is not suspected as a spoiler of talks).
Whether ISI were witting or unwitting partners in derailing top-secret talks with Afghanistani leadership, it's not clear, yet.
Posted by Amicus at 2:13 AM
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Biting the hand today that fed you yesterday?
Subsequent investigations had shown the attackers were the Punjabi Taliban belonging to at least three sectarian-cum-Jihadi groups, which are working in tandem with the Pushtun-dominated South Waziristan-based Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan to carry out joint terrorist attacks. The investigators had reported that some banned militant-cum-sectarian groups in the Punjab are gaining strength after having joined hands with the TTP.
Note the extensive use of suicide bombers against Pak targets that have nothing to do with "occupation".
Posted by Amicus at 2:02 PM
Monday, March 08, 2010
For the record, the Pakistani army has shined the light underground, rolling up an 'undisclosed location' for Taliban (and possibly, at one time, a bunker for Zawahiri) in Damadola in Bajur.
Separately, the recent arrests of the Quetta Shura are being seen, now, not as pure scores for intelligence, but as one faction throwing another to the dogs for even thinking about normalization talks with the Afghan government.
The weekly drop of extremists in Pakistan seems to be continuing apace, by whatever means. But it is not one-way, a 1,300 pd car bomb exploded outside a police facility in Lahore ...
Posted by Amicus at 9:26 AM
Saturday, March 06, 2010
As violence surges and ebbs (recently surging) in Kashmir, the hopes for a true diplomatic track spring eternal.
With Pakistan now sporting 'smart bombs' from the USA, one can only hope that India gets to the table, quickly...
Otherwise, the USA will have jumped from the frying pan into the fire, no?
Posted by Amicus at 8:42 PM
Thursday, March 04, 2010
....and, sooner or later, the religious-political extremists come, in one way or another, for everyone.
Today is Gaza:
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gaza's Islamic Hamas government on Thursday banned men from working in women's hair salons, the latest step in its campaign to impose strict Islamic customs on Gaza's 1.5 million people.
Posted by Amicus at 2:30 PM