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Optics

Posted by Lex, on December 16, 2010

 

The New York Times, perspicacious readers will remember, was dead set against George W. Bush’s Iraqi surge strategy, continuing to insist that the higher casualties involved with greater troop presence was an indication of its failure long after the security situation there had begun to improve.

So it might surprise to learn that the paper is finding good news in Barack Obama’s comparable surge in Afghanistan:

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Memorial Day

By Lex, on Sun – May 29, 2005

 

This won’t be deep, or moving. It won’t challenge your assumptions or change your world view. There will be no blinding revelation at the end, something that ties it all together in a neat emotional bow.

Loss isn’t like that.

And we have given so much of our best recently, for a goal whose end seems nearly as far away today as ever it did.

Memorial Day, now two years on – has it really only been two years? Somehow it seems longer. Somehow I have a hard time clearly remembering a time when we weren’t at war. I have a hard time remembering when young men and women didn’t gain a moment’s fame on page two of the local paper under the heading “Daily developments “:

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Parley

By Lex, on October 20, 2010

 

Heavy hitters from the Taliban are crossing the border under NATO protection to speak with Hamid Karzai’s government, according to the New York Times:

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The Afghan Surge

Posted by lex, on August 27, 2010

 

As US troops draw down in Iraq, the last levies of President Obama’s Afghan surge are headed to the region. The president, and General Petraeus, architect of the Iraq War surge, hope that these new forces will sufficiently stabilize Afghanistan in time for at least a token reduction in troop levels by the summer of 2011. The lessons from the Iraq surge will be critical to success in Afghanistan.

Unfortunately, no one can quite agree what those lessons are, far less if they in fact apply:

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Riding Along

By lex, on August 19, 2010

 

Take a ride along with the Strykers of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division – the last dedicated US combat force in Iraq – as they leave for Kuwait two weeks ahead of “deadline”:

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All You Need To Know

By lex, on March 2nd, 2012

About our Afghan “allies” is to be found within this Reuters headline:

Anti-U.S. emotions run high at Afghan dogfighting ring

At home we put professional athletes into prison for abusing animals in this way. As for overseas barbarians, we treat them differently: We send them apologies.

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AfPak

Posted by Lex, on August 11, 2010

 

USA Today write Jim Michaels admits that the US news media entirely missed the Anbar Awakening in Iraq, and wonders what they might now be missing in Afghanistan, even as the violence escalates:

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