Category Afghanistan

A Newly Assertive C.I.A. Expands Its Taliban Hunt In Afghanistan

Left unsaid — why didn’t Obama CIA do this?  I’ll give you ‘3 guesses.’  RCP, fortunascorner.com   A Newly Assertive C.I.A. Expands Its Taliban Hunt in Afghanistan By Thomas Gibbons-neff, Eric Schmitt, Adam Goldman, www.nytimes.com View Original October 22nd, 2017 Afghan Army soldiers in 2013. The C.I.A. is expanding its covert operations in Afghanistan, sending small teams of highly […]

How A US Raid On An Afghan Village Went Wrong

David Maxwell Comment:  Another long read about the heroism of Americans despite mistakes made. How A US Raid On An Afghan Village Went Wrong By Dan Vergano, www.buzzfeed.com View Original October 17th, 2017 The Chinook helicopters lifted off, and Richard Hunter’s mind was at ease. It was Nov. 2, 2016, and he was strapped into one of two […]

SecDef Mattis At AUSA: The Threats The U.S. Military Must Be Prepared For

Secretary Mattis at AUSA: The Threats the US Military Must be Prepared For – Modern War Institute mwi.usma.edu · by Liam Collins · October 12, 2017 Secretary of Defense James Mattis kicked off the Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on Monday. The meeting is billed as the “largest landpower exposition and professional development […]

What To Know The ‘Day After’ Overthrowing A Government

The comments highlighted in blue below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, fortunascorner.com Sigh…  This really pains me.  For the second time this week the Cipher Brief has written about regime change with north Korea being the obvious focus of the discussion.  Again […]

Austerity Cloud Hovers Over Pentagon Wish List for Guerrillas/(SOCOM) And Climate

Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell’s comments are highlighted in blue below; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP David Maxwell’s Comments:  I am going to have to look at the language of the new NDAA as I missed this.  Looks like this is a follow-on to Section 1097 of the 2016 […]

Negotiating Afghanistan: The New U.S. Strategy And The Pursuit Of A Deal – Modern War Institute

Excerpts: Currently—and this is a legacy of the Obama administration’s post-2014 Afghanistan policy—State Department representatives are largely absent at the sub-national level and unavailable to engage in diplomatic facilitation, negotiation, and mediation alongside the Train/Advise/Assist Commands (TAACs) and Task Forces that fall under US Army Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of US forces in Afghanistan. […]

I Was A Mercenary. Trust Me: Erik Prince’s Plan (For Afghanistan) Is Garbage

I Was A Mercenary. Trust Me: Erik Prince’s Plan (For Afghanistan) Is Garbage. A few thousand military contractors can save Afghanistan? Give me a break. By SEAN MCFATE    August 31, 2017 www.politico.com View Original August 31st, 2017 For the past year, Erik Prince has been peddling an idea that should alarm anyone who has […]

The Danger Of A Jihadist Pakistan

Wall Street Journal The Danger of a Jihadist Pakistan Careless U.S. pressure could push the country’s nukes into the hands of Islamic fundamentalists. China can be helpful. By John Bolton August 29, 2017 Almost certainly, the war in Afghanistan will be won or lost in Pakistan. President Trump’s announcement last week that he will send […]

Is Russia Really Arming The Taliban?

Is Russia Really Arming The Taliban? By Krishnadev Calamur, www.theatlantic.com View Original Why would Moscow reengage in a country where it was humiliated? Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this week became the latest U.S. official to say Russia was supplying arms to the Afghan Taliban, calling it a violation of international norms. His remarks, which came just days after […]

Is The War Model Of Counterterrorism A Failure? A Response To Micah Zenko

Conclusion: Bottom line: As you can see, I found Micah’s op-ed quite thought provoking, even if unpersuasive in some particulars and—to me—in its overarching conclusion.  Read the whole thing, and decide for yourself!  Is The War Model Of Counterterrorism A Failure? A Response To Micah Zenko By Robert Chesney, www.lawfareblog.com View Original August 25th, 2017 In a […]