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How partnering with the U.S. could strengthen Pakistan's sovereignty - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. The United States and Pakistan, always prone to bickering, need a big idea to unite...

Afghanistan and Pakistan: on the battle for Kandahar - Myra MacDonald, Reuters. In the vast swirl of debate about Afghanistan and Pakistan, it is worth taking the time to read this piece in the...

SWJ received a nice e-mail from LTG Bill Caldwell (Frontier 6); Commander, NATO Training Mission -- Afghanistan, as well as, Commanding General, Combined Security Transition Command -- Afghanistan;...

On December 12, the New York Times reported that the U.S. and Russian governments are talking about cyber security. In a significant change from the Bush administration's position on this issue, the...

Europe and Afghanistan - New York Times editorial. Afghanistan is not and should not be just the United States' fight. Al Qaeda has used its sanctuaries in Afghanistan and Pakistan to plot and...

No, not THAT surge. The online holiday shopping surge. Please help us out by doing what you're doing anyway, with one small tweak: steer your online holiday shopping to Amazon through our site....

Where Is Our Kilcullen? - LtCol Michael D. Grice, Marine Corps Gazette. War is dynamic, changing, and unpredictable. The ongoing war in Iraq is no different; it has seen a fundamental shift in how...

Army Executive Irregular Warfare Conference Charts Army's Path - Janice Burton, Special Warfare. " Are we all going to become like Special Forces, or is Special Forces going to become like the rest...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Mexico's drug gangs don't want to destroy the state, they just want to rent it, 2) Does Afghanistan need the Phoenix...

Dr. Mark Moyar's response to "Overdue Bill" is exactly the kind of discussion I hoped the essay would engender. Dr. Moyar correctly points out the difficulty of creating change in academic...

A Deadline We Can Believe In? - New York Times. President Obama said that troop withdrawals from Afghanistan will begin in 18 months. Some of his advisers have hinted that the deadline is flexible....

General: Blame Taliban, Media for Afghan Civilian Deaths - Noah Shachtman, Danger Room. Top commander in Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal has issued strict new guidelines on air strikes, to...

We've been told via blog comments and e-mail that Major Jim Gant's "One Tribe at a Time" (at Steve Pressfield's It's the Tribes Stupid) cannot be accessed from at least some .mil domains. We have...

Mark does at Zenpundit... ... The horns of our dilemma is that our long time "ally" whom we have hitched ourselves to in a grand war effort against revolutionary Islamist terrorism is not our ally...

Those who have read the December 2009 issue of the Marine Corps Gazette should already be familiar with The Rifle Company Experiment, written by Col. Vincent Goulding, USMC (ret). (Goulding is the...

The Next Surge: Counterbureaucracy - Jonathan J. Vaccaro, New York Times opinion. The Taliban commander was back in the village. Our base roared to life as we prepared to capture him. Two Chinook...

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...