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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...

Surprising Results from Afghanistan Debate - James Corum, Daily Telegraph. While the Obama administration endlessly dithers about the US committment to Afghanistan, it would do well to look at the...

Parameters, Autumn 2009 A Strategy of Tactics: Population-centric COIN and the Army by Gian P. Gentile In a sense, population-centric counterinsurgency has perverted a better way of American war...

In Afghanistan, Real Leverage Starts with More Troops - Frederick W. Kagan and Kimberly Kagan, Washington Post opinion. The president will soon announce the deployment of additional US forces to...

Obama's Skeptic in Chief - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. With President Obama finally ready to announce his decision about Afghanistan, it's a good time to examine the role played by Vice...

Continue on for a Voice of America update on Afghanistan...

Happy Thanksgiving "Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and...

Via Zenpundit - Going Dark - First Chet Richards and now Abu Muqawama.

Here are three recent stories on Mexico's troubles that are worth reading in full: The Los Angeles Times ran a story on Richard Padilla Cramer, a decorated Vietnam War veteran who then spent over two...

How Some Retired Military Officers Became Well-paid Consultants - Tom Vanden Brook, Ken Dilanian and Ray Locker, USA Today. ... As "senior mentors," as the military calls them, the retired officers...

The Battle Over 'Hearts and Minds' - Newsweek opinions. Two fathers of fallen soldiers weigh in on the war. 'You Can't Fight a War on the Cheap' by David Brostrom and 'The Military Command Is Making...