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How to Win in Afghanistan, One Village at a Time - Doug Stanton, Washington Post opinion. In mid-October and early November 2001, about three dozen Army Special Forces soldiers landed in northern...

Obama's COIN Toss - Eliot A. Cohen, Washington Post opinion. It is impolite, but probably true, to say that when President Obama announced in March that he had a "comprehensive, new strategy" for...

Like clockwork, Jules Crittenden highlights the important "stuff" -- see Hammer, Meet Anvil -- for the latest on Cobra's Anger. ... It's the first operation post-surge announcement, though obviously...

Marines Lead Offensive to Secure Southern Afghan Town - Richard A. Oppel Jr., New York Times. In the first major military operation since President Obama's call this week for a troop escalation,...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Obama hasn't told us how this ends 2) Will the QDR be DOA? Obama hasn't told us how this ends During his Dec. 1 speech on...

A Plan in Need of Clarity - Jim Webb, Washington Post opinion. I have great regard for the careful process the Obama administration employed in its efforts to define a new approach for the long-...

Our Low-risk, Low-return Afghan Surge - Rodger Shanahan, The Interpreter. ... Advisors who never get to interact with the locals outside the security of coalition bases are severely restricted in...

How Obama's Surge Is Like Bush's - Steven Metz, The New Republic. President Obama's revised strategy for Afghanistan has already been pinned with the "surge" moniker, inevitably leading to...

Our New Afghanistan Deployment - Mark O'Neill, The Interpreter. ... An effective police force is an essential pre-requisite for stabilising a society affected by insurgency. The proper use of police...

Despite Some Questions, Obama's Afghan Policy is Sound - Max Boot, Los Angeles Times opinion. ... The questions that remain unanswered after the president's West Point address: Will the troops have...

Obama's Folly - Andrew J. Bacevich, Los Angeles Times opinion. Which is the greater folly: To fancy that war offers an easy solution to vexing problems, or, knowing otherwise, to opt for war anyway...

A Wartime President - Eliot A. Cohen, Wall Street Journal opinion. When it comes to President Barack Obama's long-awaited decision to send more troops to Afghanistan, there are three main points to...

This Will Not End Well - George F. Will, Washington Post opinion. A traveler asks a farmer how to get to a particular village. The farmer replies, "If I were you, I wouldn't start from here." Barack...

Taking the Pulse of Military Blogs After the President's Speech by our old friend Tim Hsia at the New York Times - SWJ, Schmedlap, Captain's Journal, Bouhammer, Spousebuzz, The Security Crank and...

Continue on for the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, transcript of the interview with Defense Secretary Robert Gates, 2 December 2009...

The most controversial feature of President Obama's strategy for Afghanistan is his decision to begin withdrawing U.S. forces from the country in July 2011. This feature (no doubt aligned with his re...

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An Evening of Counterinsurgency at the Pritzker Military Library Hearts and minds? Overrated. If you want to run a successful counterinsurgency, it all starts with the person at the top. On Thursday...

Via Marine Colonel Phillip Ridderhof as a add-on to the Birtle on PROVN SWJ article (and commentary) by Colonel Gian Gentile - III MAF Pacification in Vietnam. Phil's comments: The attachment is...

What the US Can Achieve in Afghanistan, Despite Karzai - Mark Moyar, Los Angeles Times opinion. Although the White House thoroughly examined the Afghan government before choosing the strategy that...

34,000 Troops Will be Sent to Afghanistan - Karen DeYoung and Scott Wilson, Washington Post. President Obama will outline Tuesday his intention to send an additional 34,000 US troops to Afghanistan...

With a H/T to Abu Muqawama, here is the U.S. Army War College Irregular Warfare Selected Bibliography, dated 9 November 2009: IWnov09

Clear, Hold and Duct Tape - David Brooks, New York Times opinion. ... The administration seems to have spent the past few months trying to pare back the COIN strategy and adjust it to real world...

Tom Ricks on three things we need from Obama on Afghanistan - "corruption and abuses? - security problems in Pakistan? - U.S. domestic support?" And Tom Donnelly at AEI's Center for Defense Studies...

Before World War II, the League of Nations wagged its finger at the transgressions of Italy, Japan, and Germany. In response, those three countries simply walked out of the organization and...

US Offers New Role for Pakistan - Karen DeYoung, Washington Post. President Obama has offered Pakistan an expanded strategic partnership, including additional military and economic cooperation,...

The COINdinistas - Thomas E. Ricks, Foreign Policy. Who knows everything there is to know and more about counterinsurgency and its current role in U.S. military strategy? These guys. Pushed and...

Newly Deployed Marines to Target Taliban Bastion - Greg Jaffe, Washington Post. Days after President Obama outlines his new war strategy in a speech Tuesday, as many as 9,000 Marines will begin...

"Do not try to do too much with your own hands. Better the Arabs do it tolerably than that you do it perfectly. It is their war, and you are to help them, not to win it for them." - T.E. Lawrence,...

US Tries New Tack Against Taliban - Anand Gopal, Wall Street Journal. The US-led coalition and the Afghan government are launching an initiative to persuade Taliban insurgents to lay down their...