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Afghanistan Counterinsurgency

Jeff Muskus

Nation Building: Roads, Laws, Cops, Jobs And The Challenges Of The Afghan Surge | Jeff Muskus | Posted 06.11.2012 | World

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- "Take a look at this," Tom Symalla says, reaching down to yank at a piece of gravel poking out from the surface of Morghan Ro...

Reality Check: Afghans Blame Us, Not Insurgents

Jonathan Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jonathan Horowitz

If Afghans don't trust the international community to act in their best interest, how can the international community's most ambitious strategies that require local cooperation ever succeed?

Advice for General Petraeus on the Rules of Engagement: It's Neither/Nor, Not Either/Or

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Engelhardt

The present discussion of counterinsurgency in Afghanistan makes little sense. They are being presented as a kind of either/or option -- kill us or kill them -- when it would be more accurate to say that it's a neither/nor situation.

Pentagon Quietly Abandoning Large-Scale Counterinsurgency Efforts

McClatchy | Nancy A. Youssef | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly a decade after the United States began to focus its military training and equipment purchases almost exclusively on the wars in I...

Counterinsurgency Down for the Count in Afghanistan: But the War Machine Grinds On

Ann Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ann Jones

Why, when President Obama fires an insubordinate and failing general, does he cling to his failing war policy? And if nothing much is working, why does it still go on nonstop this way?

Judah the Maccabee's Five Lessons for Barack Obama

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aaron Zelinsky

From the story of Chanukah, we see how not to fight a guerrilla insurgency. From the Maccabees, we learn how to rally a people and a nation. Here are Chanukah's five geopolitical lessons.

Afghanistan, "So It Goes"

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

As with Vietnam, the problem in Afghanistan is political, not military. The United States can stay there forever if we want to -- but is it worth it?