Video of the Day 1/10/2009 — Obama’s War

OBAMA’s WARMartin Smith. Frontline. 1 October 2009. This video was first brought to my attention by a post over at War News Updates. The editor of that site linked favorably to the summary of the video over at Danger Room, where Noah Shactman states, “It’s best televised look I’ve seen yet at how these marines […]

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Af/Pak in Tatters: The Debate Is On

Six months ago I wrote a post questioning America’s ability to wage a proper population-centric counterinsurgency. The post noted the structural features of modern democratic institutions that make waging a “Long War” near impossible. I ended this post with a projection for the next year: Can Modern America Wage Counterinsurgency?T. Greer. Scholar’s Stage. 4 March […]

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Can Modern America Wage a Counterinsurgency Campaign?

Lt. General David Barno, the former commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, gave testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee on February 26. His testimony is not small (30 pages in PDF form) but is an essential read for those concerned with the future of American efforts to stabilize Afghanistan. While much in […]

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Notes From All Over 1/19/09

A collection of recently published articles, essays, reports, and blog posts of merit.Freedom House has released its annual Freedom in the World Report. Freedom in the World 2009 is a thoroughly depressing document, with only one region – Southeast Asia – making significant gains. An image of the corresponding “Map of Freedom” can be seen […]

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