Category Afghanistan

The Enemy Gets A Vote

Conclusion: The Enemy Gets a Vote By Kim Cragin, www.lawfareblog.comView OriginalSeptember 16th, 2018 Editor’s Note: Perhaps the biggest counterterrorism challenge facing the Trump administration is whether or not to keep a robust military presence in Syria now that the Islamic State has been forced underground. Kim Cragin of the National Defense University argues that the killing of jihadist leaders […]

The Push To Privatize The Afghan War

The Push to Privatize the Afghan War Erik Prince Blackwater Founder Erik Prince is making a renewed public push to privatize the U.S. war in Afghanistan. The current CEO and Founder of Frontier Services Group, (a security, aviation and logistics company primarily doing business in Africa) has reportedly gotten the attention of the President, […]

Simon Draper: China’s Mysterious Belt And Road Initiative Simon Draper: China’s mysterious Belt and Road Initiative SIMON DRAPER Last updated 05:00, August 20 2018 CHINA STRINGER NETWORK/REUTERS People take pictures in front of a “Golden Bridge on Silk Road” installation, set up ahead of the Belt and Road Forum in China in 2017. OPINION: If you’ve hosted any visitors from China lately, you may […]

Bolton Open To Privatizing Military Operations In Afghanistan

Excerpt: Bolton open to privatizing military operations in Afghanistan The Hill · by Michael Burke · August 19, 2018 White House national security adviser John Bolton on Sunday said he’s open to privatizing military operations in Afghanistan following reports last week that President Trump is considering the option. When asked about the idea on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Bolton said “there […]

Trump Weighs Blackwater Founder’s Pitch To Privatize Afghanistan War

Excerpts: Trump weighs Blackwater founder’s pitch to privatize Afghanistan war By Bob Fredericks, nypost.comView OriginalAugust 17th, 2018 President Trump has grown increasingly frustrated with the Pentagon’s Afghanistan strategy and has shown interest in a proposal by Blackwater founder Erik Prince to privatize the war, NBC News reported Friday. Prince’s plan first came up last year during the commander-in-chief’s […]

What’s In The New NDAA

David Maxwell Wrote: “A fairly comprehensive treatment (of a document that I am sure could be a thousand pages).Korea highlights:” What’s in the New NDAA By Scott R. Anderson, www.lawfareblog.comView OriginalAugust 14th, 2018 President Donald Trump signed the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019 into law on Monday afternoon, at an event at Fort […]

War Without End

War Without End By C. J. Chivers, www.nytimes.comView OriginalAugust 8th, 2018 Pfc. Paul Landenberger, a soldier in Viper Company, on patrol in the Korengal Valley in April 2009.Photo by: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times Second Platoon did not hide its dark mood as its soldiers waded across the Korengal River in the bright light of afternoon. It […]

The Man Who Tried To Stop 9/11

The man who tried to stop 9/11 By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst Updated 1:37 PM ET, Mon August 6, 2018’s Note: Peter Bergen is CNN’s national security analyst, a vice president at New America, a professor of practice at Arizona State University, the chairman of the Global Special Operations Foundation and the author of […]

“Betraying al-Qaeda;’ New Book — “Nine Lives,” By A Former al-Qaeda Operative Who Defected And Worked For British Intelligence

“Betraying al-Qaeda;’ New Book — “Nine Lives,” By A Former al-Qaeda Operative Who Defected And Worked For British Intelligence      Graeme Wood, posted a July 31, 2018 article to the Wall Street Journal’s website, “Betraying al Qaeda,” which his review of Aimen Dean’s new book, “Nine Lives.” Mr. Wood notes that “three years ago, a Saudi man calling himself […]

U.S. Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Was Part Of CIA Operation

The comment highlighted in blue below is by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, David Maxwell’s Comment:  “Some detailed reporting.  Perhaps a little too detailed.  The author is quite slick by tying in official sources (e.g., SOCOM spokesman and Ranger Regiment commander) who say […]