I've never been to Mali and know little about it. I have been to neighboring Algeria, but only on its Mediterranean coast. I suspect that is far closer than most of those who are making judgments on Mali today.
As an experienced and recently retired assault helicopter pilot and mission commander in the Royal Air Force, I spent 20 years working with UK and U.S. special forces in pursuit of terrorists from Northern Ireland to Kosovo and Macedonia to Baghdad.
After last night's debate, it's clear that Paul Ryan has a lot to learn when it comes to foreign policy. As an Afghan War Veteran, I can unequivocally say that he hasn't a clue as to what is going on in Afghanistan.
If Mark Owen's account -- to be released on Sept. 4 -- is true, it really doesn't change anything. All it does is show that the administration doesn't trust its own public to digest the truth, even with something as easy to swallow as the death of its greatest enemy.
The current expansion of U.S. special forces to conduct covert and proxy warfare sacrifices U.S. long term interests in peace, stability and the rule of law for short-term political gain, just as when U.S. "advisers" were sent to Vietnam.
For the last two years, Mr. Khao has contacted every legislator he can, asking for official recognition and veteran's benefits for these thousands of U.S. citizens who were soldiers for the CIA's secret war in Laos. So far nothing has come to pass.
The Medal of Honor is this nation's highest combat award. The process of selection must remain exclusively with the Department of Defense for the medal to retain its valorous prominence -- on Veterans Day 2011 and for generations to come.
Was the killing of Awlaki lawful? For that matter, is the growing U.S. practice of targeting individuals around the world with remote-controlled drones or secret Special Operations raids a legal way to fight terrorism?
There is no evidence yet of a new smoking gun among the individual documents. But taken as a whole, the documents provide a collective arsenal of evidence of a brutal war that never did have a chance to "succeed".
What does it mean for McChrystal's people to apologize for killing innocent people and lying about it, only to have them turn around and keep repeating the same behavior? Why should we be moved or lend credulity to such apologies?
U.S. officials are "probing a possible attempted coverup" in the deaths of five Afghan civilians in February in a raid carried out by U.S. Special Forces accompanied by Afghan troops, the LA Times reports.
Respect for Afghans is sorely lacking on all sides of the Afghanistan debate. It's 2010, nine years into the war, and we're still talking about Afghanistan in orientalist terms. We don't want to think about them as human. This has to change now.