Wouldn’t the fiscal crisis be a good time to question expensive, superficial “fact-finding” trips that don’t really find any useful facts? We could start with visits to foreign war zones.
On Memorial Day, there’s a lot of talk about “supporting our troops” and “honoring our dead.” But one thing is left out of the discussion—the real story behind why they die.
With all the talk about what to do with Afghanistan now that Osama is no more, this article from UK’s The Independent deserves more attention: Amid growing calls for US Special Operations Forces to take the lead in Afghanistan after the successful strike against Osama bin Laden, a new report has warned that systemic failures Read More
Once the carefully choreographed “feel-good” events (Royal Wedding, Osama’s Death) are over, who will deal with reality?
There’s the story they want you to believe about Obama’s palace shakeup. And then there’s the real, more disturbing one.
Few will pay attention to this reshuffling of power in the military-spy-diplomat axis. And we’ll probably never get the real story anyway. But we can always try to understand….
The New York Times is embarrassingly slow off the mark to investigate the best-selling author it promoted. And its columnists? Read and weep.
If we care about Greg Mortenson’s credibility, do we also care about the credibility of those who sold us on Mortenson—and the military agenda behind him?
Stephen M. Walt, a professor of international relations at Harvard University, recently wrote an interesting piece for Foreign Policy magazine about what topics are considered “taboo” among establishment foreign-policy wonks—a group that includes Walt himself as a member. The article is equally compelling for what it says as for what it implies about Walt, as Read More
Should the numbers of enemy fighters killed by American forces be published? That’s the topic of the moment at the Wall Street Journal, as summarized by Slate: The WSJ fronts a look at how the U.S. command in Afghanistan has been releasing numbers of every enemy fighter killed in combat. It marks the first time Read More
Over at Electric Politics, former diplomat George Kenney offers a seldom-seen view of super-emissary Richard Holbrooke, once a top figure in the Clinton Administration and now President Obama’s special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan. Whether you agree or disagree, it is interesting to get something other than the almost uniformly laudatory media coverage. Kenney’s posting Read More