Archive of Oct 2009

31.10.09
Axeghanistan ’09: Rocketman

It was a war we thought we’d won. But after eight years of escalating violence, the Afghanistan conflict has morphed into something perhaps unwinnable. U.S.-led forces invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to deny sanctuary to Al Qaeda, a goal we’ve largely achieved. But in years of occupation, Washington has apparently conflated counter-terrorism with nation-building. Now the [...]

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30.10.09
Axeghanistan ’09: Interpreting Pashtunwali

It was a war we thought we’d won. But after eight years of escalating violence, the Afghanistan conflict has morphed into something perhaps unwinnable. U.S.-led forces invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to deny sanctuary to Al Qaeda, a goal we’ve largely achieved. But in years of occupation, Washington has apparently conflated counter-terrorism with nation-building. Now the [...]

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30.10.09
XKCD‘s “More Accurate” Take on Terminator

by DAVID AXE Click on the thumb for the whole strip. (Art: XKCD)

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29.10.09
Axeghanistan ’09: With Friends Like These …

It was a war we thought we’d won. But after eight years of escalating violence, the Afghanistan conflict has morphed into something perhaps unwinnable. U.S.-led forces invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to deny sanctuary to Al Qaeda, a goal we’ve largely achieved. But in years of occupation, Washington has apparently conflated counter-terrorism with nation-building. Now the [...]

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28.10.09
Flashback: After the Surge: Is the British Withdrawal from Southern Iraq a Model for U.S. Forces?

From my archive of killed and unsold articles, here’s a piece I wrote in Iraq in December 2007. by DAVID AXE This is not a litmus test for the Americans,” British Army Major Mike Shearer, a military spokesman, said to the assembled members of the press. It was Saturday, December 15, in a sandbagged, air-conditioned [...]

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28.10.09
Axeghanistan ’09: Chicken & Egg

It was a war we thought we’d won. But after eight years of escalating violence, the Afghanistan conflict has morphed into something perhaps unwinnable. U.S.-led forces invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to deny sanctuary to Al Qaeda, a goal we’ve largely achieved. But in years of occupation, Washington has apparently conflated counter-terrorism with nation-building. Now the [...]

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28.10.09
Kyle’s Links 10/28/09

by KYLE MIZOKAMI * Comparing Bush’s Surge to Obama’s (Tom Ricks) * Dead Hand Re-examines the Cold War Arms Race (NPR) * Iran’s Secret Facility and the Greater Picture (Defense & Freedom) * Epidemics as a Defensive Strategy (War and Health) * The Utility of Amphibious Vessels (Maneuver in Maritime Asia)

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27.10.09
Axeghanistan ’09: Tale of Three Districts

It was a war we thought we’d won. But after eight years of escalating violence, the Afghanistan conflict has morphed into something perhaps unwinnable. U.S.-led forces invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to deny sanctuary to Al Qaeda, a goal we’ve largely achieved. But in years of occupation, Washington has apparently conflated counter-terrorism with nation-building. Now the [...]

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26.10.09
Axeghanistan ’09: Rescuers Re-Rescue the Rescued

It was a war we thought we’d won. But after eight years of escalating violence, the Afghanistan conflict has morphed into something perhaps unwinnable. U.S.-led forces invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to deny sanctuary to Al Qaeda, a goal we’ve largely achieved. But in years of occupation, Washington has apparently conflated counter-terrorism with nation-building. Now the [...]

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26.10.09
Kyle’s Links 10/26/09

by KYLE MIZOKAMI * Why Sanctions with Iran Won’t Work (Tom Barnett) * Are Pentagon contracts funding the Taliban? (Reuters Global News Blog)  * International Relations and Video Games (Kotaku) * Gearing up for the ‘three block war’ (The Jakarta Post) * The Chinese Pentagon building (Shanghiist, via Information Dissemination)

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25.10.09
Axeghanistan ’09: Birds, Beware

It was a war we thought we’d won. But after eight years of escalating violence, the Afghanistan conflict has morphed into something perhaps unwinnable. U.S.-led forces invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to deny sanctuary to Al Qaeda, a goal we’ve largely achieved. But in years of occupation, Washington has apparently conflated counter-terrorism with nation-building. Now the [...]

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25.10.09
Axeghanistan ’09 Pics

Click on the pic for more. (Photos: David Axe)

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