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Entries by Tom Engelhardt from 09/2009

Afghanistan by the Numbers

| Posted 09.08.2009 | Politics

Metrics in war almost invariably turn out to occupy treacherous terrain. Think of it as quagmire territory, in part because numbers, however accurate (and they often aren't), can lie.

Is America Hooked on War?

| Posted 09.17.2009 | Politics

War is now the American way, even if peace is what most Americans experience while their proxies fight in distant lands. Any serious alternative to war is increasingly inconceivable.

How to Trap a President in a Losing War: Petraeus, McChrystal, and the Surgettes

| Posted 09.24.2009 | Politics

Even if McChrystal's name is on it, the report slipped to Bob Woodward which just sandbagged the president has a distinctly Petraeusian shape to it.