Category Afghanistan

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 […]

Back To Nation-Building In Afghanistan. Good: By Max Boot

Back To Nation-Building In Afghanistan. Good. By Max Boot, www.nytimes.com View Original August 22nd, 2017 Members of the Afghan National Army training with United States Army soldiers in Afghanistan last year. Credit Adam Ferguson for The New York TimesPhoto by: Adam Ferguson for The New York Times After a torturous and protracted White House review, President Trump […]

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 […]