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Seven Years Into Iraq and We're Still Leaning on Security Contractors

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Congressional bean counters are unhappy at the State Department's budget for Iraq. (Look at the Washington Post's story on State's budget request here.) As troops draw down to 50,000, the State Department civilian advisers and police trainers are going to lose the security of having quick reaction forces on call [...]
 
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  • Steve, thank you for pointing out the existence of IRE. The organization does wonderful work and I heartily recommend that readers check out their website. But with that said, I'm still despondent [...]read » T/S NEAL UNGERLEIDER
 
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  • I didn't think Afghanistan could become any more indecipherable. Now we have 92,000 pages of something, but what? I have to go with Jerry Garcia on this one; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XacvydVrhuIread » larrysignor
 
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Could the WikiLeaks docs help the US war effort in Afghanistan?

It's unquestionable that some damage will come to America's war effort in Afghanistan as a consequence of the 92,000 documents that WikiLeaks dropped the other night. And the confirmation of existing reports showing that America believes there are extensive ties between Taliban fighters and Pakistani intelligence will cause some awkward [...]
 
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  • Investigative reporting across the United States is healthier than Mr. Ungerleider (and many other commentators) realize. Sure, it would be best if all daily newspapers and all local television/radio [...]read » T/S STEVE WEINBERG
 
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WikiLeaks or WikiYawn?

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Is this the Second Coming of the Pentagon Papers? Will the WikiLeaks deluge of documents mark a turning point in the Afghan war? "Massive leak of secret files exposes truth of occupation", proclaims a headline in the Guardian.  John Kerry says they raise significant questions about the conflict. The iconic Daniel [...]
 
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92,000 documents. This week, Wikileaks unloaded on the world the greatest leak since the Pentagon Papers. On one level, the five years of secret documents obtained by Wikileaks and released in conjunction with the New York Times, The Guardian and Der Spiegel tell a harrowing tale of the Allied [...]
 
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  • We lost the war in Afghanistan when it was decided that the United States would invade Iraq. Game over, then and there. (It could be argued that we lost the war in Iraq when L. Paul Bremer, on whose [...]read » ncfrommke
 
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Reaching the limits of our endurance in Afghanistan

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We have it all wrong. We did not learn from our mistakes. There were countless signs of a complete unraveling, and now it has been undone. First there was the Rolling Stone article that broke the story about the division in the chain of command. Our military did not have [...]
 
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The wit and wisdom of America's fighting general

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General James Mattis eats nails, sleeps on nails, and can break a jihadi in half with one fingernail. At least that's the impression you get from reading about the new boss of Central Command, which oversees the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Marine Corp general's tough-talking style has attracted a [...]
 
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  • Gen. McChrystal was fired for insubordination, he should have been to busy for blatant partisanship. Just what would a "win" in Afghanistan be? My answer is that if we get attacked ever again, other [...]read » ebizjoey
 
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  • Mr. Roston, The US troops will be mostly out Afghanistan before the general election of 2012. This is what the "surge" of 30,000 troops is all about and why Gen. McChrystal was fired. This exactly [...]read » davidlosangeles
 
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  • ‘peace with honor’ in 2016...what a ribald concept. I grew up with Vietnam on the nightly news, now I'm growing old with Afghanistan on my nightly news. Those of US not already fatigued by the [...]read » larrysignor
 
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Maybe Michael Steele is the smartest man in the Republican Party

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President Obama's talk on Afghanistan has always been smarter politics than policy. It's hard to imagine, come 2012, that there will be any serious national security debate to be had with the President's Republican opponent. After all, no one can say that he hasn't been repeatedly launching air strikes on [...]
 
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  • Michael, do you have an e-mail address that I could send an inquiry too? We're thinking of putting an event together at CAP and are wondering if you're interested. Pop me an e-mail at zjilani@americanprogress.org [...]read » T/S ZAID JILANI
 
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Americans know little about war in Afghanistan

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June was another brutal month in Afghanistan. More than 100 soldiers lost their lives. Scores of Afghan civilians were killed. A country that has seen war and bloodshed for almost 10 years is still no closer to peace, despite billions of U.S. and international dollars that have poured in to [...]
 
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  • You're right- I"m judging them by their sartorial signifiers as well as ther performance of extreme sports nationalism. But it's not just sexist on my part, but racist (they were nearly all white) [...]read » T/S LAURIE ESSIG
 
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Losing at soccer and at war

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As I sat in a bar to watch the Ghana/US football match on Saturday, I was struck by the intense optimism of the young American men milling around the TV sets.  Their faces painted red, white and blue and their large, corn-fed bodies tensely focused on the game, they really [...]
 
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  • General McChrystal and other decision makers (civilian and military within government plus private-sector corporate) should feel free to speak candidly through the mass media. Whatever the policies [...]read » T/S STEVE WEINBERG
 
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  • The only state it might be is one of chaos or confusion. That war seems a waste of lives and precious resources.read » T/S CAITLIN KELLY
 
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  • This whole thing makes me recall something I read in the Sun Tzu's "The Art of War," something about politicians influencing strategy. Obama must realize there is nothing winnable on the ground [...]read » T/S SCOTT BOWEN
 
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McChrystal, Geraldo and Me: Full Disclosure

Don't you just love all the writers, like me, who find it necessary to add a "Full Disclosure", which is supposed to provide absolute honesty about a potential conflict-of-interest?  Of course,  a really FULL disclosure would go something like this: "Full disclosure, this reporter is advocating this point of view [...]
 
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  • The fact that alcohol was involved is reprehensible. This man deserved to be forced for that alone. I believe that BHO is fouling up in Afghanistan big time. But if he lets generals get out of hand, [...]read » leonkelly
 
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