Category Afghanistan

A True Afghanistan Counterinsurgency Is Trump’s Only Hope

Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell’s comments are highlighted in blue below; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, fortunascorner.com David Maxwell’s Comment:  It is my belief that no external nation/military can conduct effective counterinsurgency in another country.  An external military that conducts counterinsurgency becomes by definition an occupying power or a […]

Dereliction of Duty II: The Afghanistan Years – The Cipher Brief

David Maxwell:  Support for the Blackwater contractor option. Dereliction of Duty II: The Afghanistan Years – The Cipher Brief thecipherbrief.com Kevin HulbertFormer CIA Chief of Station There has been a lot of writing lately on Afghanistan as the new administration struggles with what do to there, just as the previous administration struggled mightily to define […]

Trump White House Weighs Unprecedented Plan To Privatize Much Of The War In Afghanistan

The comments highlighted in blue below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this email.  RCP, fortunascorner.com David Maxwell:  Wow. Just wow.  I just cannot imagine Congress authorizing the funding for this.  I wonder if Congress can issue a letter of Marque and Reprisal (though we are […]

Chaos And Order In A Changing World 

Chaos And Order In A Changing World by Dr Henry Kissinger capx.co · August 2, 2017 Lady Thatcher was one of the most significant leaders of our period. Decisive, effervescent, courageous, loyal, she was dedicated to shaping the future rather than following the recommendations of focus groups. I first met her in the early 1970s, when […]

Frustrated By Pace/Lack Of Progress In Afghanistan – POTUS Trump Reportedly Considers Firing U.S. Commander

Trump, Frustrated By Afghan War, Suggests Firing U.S. Commander: Officials Steve Holland and John Walcott  www.reuters.com View Original August 3rd, 2017 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s doubts about the war in Afghanistan has led to a delay in completing a new U.S. strategy in South Asia, skepticism that included a suggestion that the U.S. military commander […]

Industry Talk: The Historic Implications Of Erik Prince’s Plan For Afghanistan

Industry Talk: The Historic Implications Of Erik Prince’s Plan For Afghanistan By Matt, feraljundi.com View Original So folks, I have been waiting a bit to post on this because so much has been written about it and I wanted to see where it goes. Basically Erik Prince came up with a plan for Afghanistan that would have historic implications […]

Al-Qaeda’s Yemen Arm Said To Be Flush With Cash And Positioned To Launch New Attacks

  Al-Qaeda’s Yemen Arm Said To Be Flush With Cash And Positioned To Launch New Attacks CNBC · by Javier E. David · July 31, 2017 The Yemen-based arm of al-Qaeda — flush with millions in ill-gotten gains — is gaining strength from the fractured nation’s civil conflict and is sufficiently funded to carry out new terror attacks, according […]

Top Middle East Advisor is Removed From The National Security Council

Top Middle East Advisor is Removed From The National Security Council By Kate Brannen and Jenna McLaughlin Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 12:02 PM justsecurity.org · July 27, 2017 National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster has removed Derek Harvey, the top Middle East advisor on the National Security Council (NSC), from his post on Thursday, according to a […]

SOCOM Is In A Prison Of Its Own Making

SOCOM Is In A Prison Of Its Own Making By Adam Linehan, taskandpurpose.com View Original July 25th, 2017 The head of the U.S. Special Operations Command, Army Gen. Raymond A. Thomas III, told a gathering of government officials, security experts, and journalists over the weekend that SOCOM is “anxious to finish” its mission in Afghanistan so the […]

How ISIS Nearly Stumbled On The Ingredients For A ‘Ddirty Bomb’

How ISIS Nearly Stumbled On The Ingredients For A ‘Ddirty Bomb’ By Joby Warrick, Loveday Morris, www.washingtonpost.com View Original July 22nd, 2017 A classroom at the University of Mosul after the city’s liberation in June. Islamic State occupiers tried to use labs to build weapons.Photo by: Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images On the day the Islamic State overran the Iraqi […]