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Afghans React To Possible U.S. Troop Surge By Sean Maroney, Voice of America Kabul 09 November 2009 As U.S. President Barack Obama debates with his advisers on whether to increase the number of...

A Birthday Message from the Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps

Over at Foreign Policy's AfPak Channel - AfPak Experts Advise Obama. As the Obama administration ponders the way forward in Afghanistan, the AfPak Channel reached out to experts who have lived in...

Obama Leaning Toward 34,000 More Troops for Afghanistan - Jonathan S. Landay, John Walcott and Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers. President Barack Obama is nearing a decision to send more than...

The Taliban's Political Program - Dan Green, Armed Forces Journal. At their core, insurgencies are about political power struggles, usually between a central government and those who reject its...

The War of New Words - William F. Owen, Armed Forces Journal. War isn't just transforming - it's ushering in a whole new language to describe conflict, and this language is used in a way that pays...

The Good - Jules Crittenden at Forward Movement The Bad - Michael Moss at The New York Times The Ugly - Andrew Bast at Newsweek And the Hero - Rich Shapiro at The New York Daily News

Bumped to the top - weekend surge anyone? We really, really, try to avoid inter-service rivalries but will make an exception in this one case -- because it is for a really good and noble cause, we...

New Afghan War Headache: Not Enough Troops Available? - David Wood, Politics Daily. Beneath Washington's political squabbling over a new war strategy for Afghanistan is a deeper concern, this one...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Was it a mistake to send a Stryker brigade to Afghanistan? 2) U.S. troop morale may be slipping in Afghanistan. Was it a...

Afghanistan: Connecting Assumptions and Strategy - Colonel T. X. Hammes, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), Major William S. McCallister, U.S. Army (Retired), and Colonel John M. Collins, U.S. Army (...

The Horror, the Horror: Afghanistan Edition By Judah Grunstein Cross-posted at World Politics Review A paper by Maj. Jim Gant, titled, "One Tribe at a Time" (.pdf), has been getting all sorts of...

Going Tribal in Afghanistan - James Dao, New York Times. In Washington, the debate over Afghanistan seems to center around two broad ideas: counterinsurgency versus counterterrorism. Should the...

Should Obama Order Afghan War Troop Surge? Troops Say Maybe Not. - Tom A. Peter, Christian Science Monitor. As President Obama and his top advisers make their final decisions on whether to send 40,...

In response to e-mails referencing the fighting cited in my Afghanistan trip report at SWJ and Westwrite, here is a video of three firefights. They illustrate why adding more US troops is separate...

Confronting the Hydra: Big Problems with Small Wars - Lieutenant Colonel Mark O'Neill, Lowy Institute. Australia's current role in Afghanistan is the latest experience in a long history of...

For aficionados of security assistance programs, the Stimson Center's blog on national security budget issues has a quick summary of what security assistance funding is in the FY10 National Defense...

DC Cabbies on Afghanistan - Lydia Khalil, Washington Post opinion. ... And herein lies the lesson for the Obama administration: decide already. No matter how many more opinions you seek, they will...

U.S. Options and the Karzai Brothers - The Editors, Room for Debate, The New York Times. Hamid Karzai was declared winner of the presidential vote in Afghanistan on Monday after his challenger,...

Our Man in Kabul - David Wood, Politics Daily ... He is our man indeed. And Hamid Karzai's casual assumption this morning of another five-year term as Afghanistan's president, after the election...

Military Refines a 'Constant Stare Against Our Enemy' - Julian E. Barnes, Los Angeles Times. The Pentagon plans to dramatically increase the surveillance capabilities of its most advanced unmanned...

On Leadership: A Question of Command - Paula Broadwell, Kings of War In an earlier blog regarding the U.S. Army Officer Shortage, I highlighted a few problems with officer talent management that...

The Generals' Revolt - Robert Dreyfuss, Rolling Stone. In early October, as President Obama huddled with top administration officials in the White House situation room to rethink America's failing...

McChrystal Lite - Tom Donnelly and Tim Sullivan, Weekly Standard opinion. In its continuing search for an alternative to General Stanley McChrystal's comprehensive counterinsurgency approach to the...

The Real Afghan Strategy - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinon. Hikmatullah, a tall Pashtun farmer dressed in turban and white cloak, looks slightly bewildered as a US Army officer offers him tea...

Obama Seeking Options on Forces - Anne E. Kornblut and Greg Jaffe, Washington Post. President Obama has asked the Pentagon's top generals to provide him with more options for troop levels in...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy. Topic include: 1) Why would 'American officials' expose their own intelligence source? 2) U.S.--India military cooperation: some rare good...

Yesterday, Dave cited this op-ed from the New York Times written by a historian who chronicled the collapse of the Soviet Union. He opened with this excerpt: THE highly decorated general sat...

The Tenacity Question - David Brooks, New York Times opinion. Today, President Obama will lead another meeting to debate strategy in Afghanistan. He will presumably discuss the questions that have...

On the War's Front Lines - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. Here's what you would see if you traveled this week to Kandahar and Helmand provinces, the two big battlegrounds of the...