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Entries by Derrick Crowe from 09/2009

Afghanistan: Where This Is Going

| Posted 09.04.2009 | World

If anti-government violence breaks out in Helmand and other Pashtun regions, there would be absolutely no room to argue against the conclusion that counterinsurgency has failed.

War Gone Wild in Afghanistan

| Posted 09.08.2009 | World

After more than 800 U.S. military casualties, tens of thousands of Afghan civilian deaths and $228 billion, we have zero indications that Pashtuns in Afghanistan are any closer to giving their support to the Kabul government.

Vested Interests in Afghanistan

| Posted 09.09.2009 | World

Bruce Riedel at Brookings says we have a vested interest in shoring up Karzai's legitimacy. That's not surprising, given that Riedel certainly has such a vested interest.

Constitutional Death Spiral in Afghanistan

| Posted 09.14.2009 | World

It's no longer a question of whether Afghanistan is "worth it." The only question left to answer is, "how much more Hell will we put our young men and women through?"

Counterinsurgency Is a Mental Illness

| Posted 09.22.2009 | World

From top to bottom, the U.S. effort in Afghanistan commits the fundamental sin of domination: the valuation of people as means instead of as ends.

Gen. McChrystal's Assessment Ignores COIN Doctrine, Reality

| Posted 09.23.2009 | World

If the president was looking for a signal that the situation had progressed to a stage in which the military could not offer a credible plan to deal with it, this is it.

Snake Eyes in Afghanistan

| Posted 09.24.2009 | World

None of the credible options in Afghanistan offer real chances for rolling back the insurgent reaction to our presence or reducing terrorism against the United States.