The military's major campaign in Kandahar has been largely ignored. The American public cannot have a debate on the war if it is not even mentioned in public.The American public cannot have a debate on the war if it is not even mentioned in public.
Could somebody please remind me just what it is that we're achieving in Afghanistan? Don't all speak at once. No, I mean what good things we're accomplishing. Anybody? Hello?
A splendid and courageous new book describes with lucidity the degree to which the power of the American presidency over war and peace has been weakened in our day, and, in important respects, superseded.
According to Bob Woodward's latest White House investigation, President Obama's advisers disagreed vehemently about how to proceed in Afghanistan and some, including special envoy to the region Richard Holbrooke, expressed doubts that the new strategy would work.
"Transformation" is the new military buzzword, meaning reorienting the military institution for "the complex insurgencies" that "planners say will dominate the 21st century." Robert Gates, the U.S. secretary of defense, was quoted as saying that Afghanistan provides the "laboratory" for this change.
Greatly expanded US military Special Ops teams, U drone strikes and private espionage networks run by former CIA assassins create a threat to our security.
The globalist militarism that remains the dominant force among the American policy class in Washington (Democrats prominently involved) now has its members talking to the press about its new use of "the scalpel" rather than "the hammer."
The first decision made by Gen. David Petraeus as commandant of international forces in Afghanistan has been to abandon the policy he himself drafted in order to win the war and rebuild Afghan stability and government.
Gen. David Petraeus has hinted that he might rethink the rules of engagement now that he's in charge of the war in Afghanistan. The current rules, ushered in by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, were designed to reduce civilian casualties but have proved unpopular with the rank and file. Afghan civilians, who already avoid contact with U.S. military, are worried.