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Tom Ricks And The Military's New Philosophical Embeds

Columbia Journalism Review | Tara McKelvey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Thomas E. Ricks has a photograph of a general--Ulysses S. Grant, looking haggard and defeated in Cold Harbor, Virginia--on the wall of his office. His...

A Changing Threat: Al-Qaeda Eight Years Later

Peter Henne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter Henne

Al Qaeda's greatest weapon is not its bombs but its voice, and the threat it will hijack discourse in the Muslim world, which requires a concerted US outreach campaign to counteract.

ReThinking The Battle of Algiers: A Movie the Pentagon, the Black Panthers and the IRA Can Agree On

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Why were the Black Panthers and the IRA such fans of The Battle of Algiers? Some credit the Algerian uprising with providing the blueprint for how modern insurgencies can win wars against militarily superior foes.

Vested Interests in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

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.

Is "Escalation" the Right Word?

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

Seeking an alternative to the word "escalation" to describe U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, I asked deployed or recently back friends and they each offered a different answer.

Afghanistan: Where This Is Going

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

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.

In Afghanistan, We Know Failure When We See It

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

I've been mulling over the inability of Ambassador Holbrooke and Secretary Gates to define success in Afghanistan or to speculate about how long we should expect to be fighting a war there.

Avoiding Defeat in Afghanistan

Peter Henne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Henne

In the absence of an apparently imminent threat, will the American public continue to support sending forces to Afghanistan, or will they punish Obama for taking ownership of this conflict?

"We Totally Missed The Boat" - Counterinsurgency Director In Afghanistan

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

At every turn in Kabul, there are the remains and ruins of old kingdoms and empires that provide hard lessons, for those willing to learn them, on the...

Jason Linkins

Sarah Palin: Working Class Hero? (And The Rest Of Your Scritti Politti) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I appreciate that Ross Douthat is looking for a working-class hero for the future GOP of his book, Grand New Party. The sooner he can bring himself f...

Our President in Cairo: Muslims Listened. Did America?

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lorelei Kelly

We need to step back, take a deep breath and realize that we are at a turning point -- where all of our middle east relationships converge.

President Obama's Speech: Classic Lesson in Counterinsurgency

Sean Gilfillan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sean Gilfillan

If you don't think that President Obama's speech today was a classic lesson in counterinsurgency, then you are not looking at the big picture.

A Weaver's Welcome

Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kathy Kelly

Generosity in the face of such massive displacement and suffering is evident everywhere we go. But Pakistan needs help on a much larger scale.

The March of Folly, Continued

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Obama can make many wise comments about past international affairs while proceeding with actual policies largely unfettered by the wisdom.

A Progressive Case for the Supplemental

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

This is an excruciating vote for many on the Left who want to support their new president, but decry the fact that less than 10% of the funds will go to non-military items. What to do?

Torture ... Fifty Years of U.S. Practice

Thomas A. Bass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas A. Bass

Torture works. Hanging from the yardarm works. Disembowelment, rape, death by stoning, electroshock -- they all work at extracting information. But what kind of information?

Striking the Right Balance: The Utility of Drone Attacks in AfPak

Sam Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Black

Finding a way to conduct effective tactical counter-terrorism operations without compromising counterinsurgency in Pakistan or Afghanistan should be a U.S. priority.

The Victory of the Neoconservatives

Bernard I. Finel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bernard I. Finel

Let us make no mistake; the new defense budget unveiled earlier this month marks the final victory of the neoconservative worldview.

Lawrence Korb is Wrong on Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

The War on Terror is a metaphor designed to bludgeon the progressive movement to death. Write that in stone. Tattoo it somewhere on your body where it will hurt.

Fiasco Author: Obama's Iraq Optimism "Sounds a Lot Like Bush"

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Quigg

There's the saying about how people who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. But what about people who actively lie to themselves about the past, about something like the surge?

No Vietnam is This

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Herrington

The Afghan conflict, in which we find ourselves, is a war simply neglected, materially and strategically.

(Re-) Creating Anbar's Awakening

Gabriel Ledeen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gabriel Ledeen

Describing the Anbar Awakening movement as a miraculous Sunni uprising blinds us to the lessons we ought to have learned.

Iraq War Year Six: Our Long Goodbye to the Cold War

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

On today's sixth anniversary of the Iraq war, we must require that our leaders create a security strategy that keeps us safer, costs less and restores the boundaries of a healthy civil-military relationship.

Shoot First, Ask Questions Later? Say It Ain't So, Mr. President

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

We hope that this early display of shoot first, ask questions later will be an anomaly for the new administration.

Five Myths About the Afghanistan Escalation

Brandon Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Brandon Friedman

If we're going to win back the Afghans' support, then we need to show them that we can protect them from the Taliban -- something that will clearly take more troops -- both U.S. and Afghan.