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Three stories in today's news connect directly to themes discussed here at the Small Wars Journal blog. These three themes are central and unresolved questions about how the U.S. and the West should...

Afghanistan Troop Request May Contain Political Fail-Safe - Spencer Ackerman, Washington Independent. A forthcoming request from the commander of US troops in Afghanistan for additional resources...

Rageh Omaar, Al-Jazeera International, investigates the US' military and political strategy for Africa and how its relationship with the continent may change under US president Obama. The first part...

Obama Rejects Afghanistan-Vietnam Comparison - John Harwood, New York Times. President Obama rejected comparisons on Monday between the war in Afghanistan and the conflict in Vietnam a generation...

US Kills Top Qaeda Leader in Southern Somalia - Jeffrey Gettleman and Eric Schmitt, New York Times. American commandos killed one of the most wanted Islamic militants in Africa in a daylight raid in...

Time to Deal in Afghanistan - Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post opinion. It is time to get real about Afghanistan. Withdrawal is not a serious option. The United States, NATO, the European Union and...

Only Decisive Force Can Prevail in Afghanistan - Lindsey Graham, Joseph I. Lieberman and John McCain, Wall Street Journal opinion. Growing numbers of Americans are starting to doubt whether we...

In the past two days, the debate has heated up at Small Wars Journal between two exceptionally brilliant officers regarding the future of NATO and ISAF in Afghanistan. On one side of the debate is...

An Afghan Headache - The Australian editorial. Washington wants closure, but election fallout continues. Realpolitik suggests that the sooner a functioning government can be established in Kabul the...

Nation Building at the Barrel of an American Gun? A Short Reply to the Dubik and Kagans' Washington Post Oped Lieutenant General James Dubik, Dr Kim Kagan, and Dr Fred Kagan, the three authors of a...

The Afghan Illusion - Frederick W. Kagan, Kimberly Kagan and James M. Dubik, Washington Post opinion. While some are discussing whether the US presence in Afghanistan should be maintained, the Obama...

Commander Steve Tatham, Royal Navy, who recently authored Tactical Strategic Communication! - Placing Informational Effect at the Centre of Command for British Army Review and republished here at...

Why Afghanistan Matters - Clifford D. May, Washington Times opinion. Eight years ago this week, Osama bin Laden watched and then celebrated as a terrorist attack he had authorized brought down the...

Hitting Bottom in Foggy Bottom - Matt Armstrong, Foreign Policy. The State Department suffers from low morale, bottlenecks, and bureaucratic inepititude. Do we need to kill it to save it?...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1. A U.S.-Gulf alliance against Iran? 2. Karzai has some thinking to do.

Many of those advocating drawing down from Afghanistan argue that we have been fighting in Afghanistan for eight years, and if we haven't won the war by now, we never will. The reality is that the...

A Miltary Review twofer on the military-media relationship: The Military-Media Relationship: A Dysfunctional Marriage? - Thom Shanker, New York Times, and Major General Mark Hertling, U.S. Army. In...

Ten years ago, the ideas about warfare expressed in General Krulak's email to George Will would have been merely disappointing. However, after eight years of war have we have learned many hard...

They tried to destroy us but they only made us stronger.

General Charles Krulak, 31st Commandant of the Marine Corps, responds to "Time to Get Out of Afghanistan" - a Washington Post op-ed by George Will in this e-mail. Here's the intro paragraph: I would...

Here is a collection of recent essays on China: Evan Medeiros of RAND wrote a book-length report on China's international behavior. Medeiros concludes that China is a status quo power. According to...

Worst Case Unfolding in Afghanistan? - Greg Grant, DoD Buzz. What if the entire US strategy in Afghanistan is based on a flawed premise? A counterinsurgency campaign is waged to defeat insurgents...

Obama's Afghan Hopes Meet Reality - Jim Hoagland, Washington Post opinion. The aftermath of Afghanistan's elections has been uglier and more consequential than the campaign that preceded the voting...

Pentagon Keeps Wary Watch as Troops Blog - James Dao, New York Times. ... There are two sides to the military's foray into the freewheeling world of the interactive Web. At the highest echelons of...

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' first interview with Al-Jazeera. More on Secretary Gates 4 September interview with Al-Jazeera: Secretary Gates Interview with Al Jazeera at the Pentagon -...

What is the greatest threat to U.S. security? The greatest threat to U.S. security is something that would upset the usefulness of the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment (TIDE), the...

Crux of Afghan Debate: Will More Troops Curb Terror? - Eric Schmitt and Scott Shane, New York Times. ... most specialists on counterterrorism and counterinsurgency, inside and outside the government...

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Lieutenant Colonel North on Poppy By Allison Brown Everyone has read by now that Afghanistan's poppy production is down for the second year running because the farmgate price is too low for farmers...

Colonel Dave Maxwell; who sent along an earlier recommendation, see Ramping Up to Face the Challenge of Irregular Warfare; also recommends Cracking the Code on Measures of Effectiveness by Sergeant...