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If McChrystal’s Out, What Should Change in Afghanistan? A Guide

By | 06.23.10 | 11:24 am

President Obama and Gen. Stanley McChrystal began their decisive one-on-one talk in the Oval Office at 9:51 a.m., according to ABC’s Jake Tapper. Whether or not McChrystal loses his command, all signs point to Obama sticking with his current Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy. If so, that means that operational and More…

Obama Unlikely to Use McChrystal Flap to Change Course on Afghanistan

By | 06.23.10 | 6:00 am

By the time you read this, Gen. Stanley McChrystal may very well have lost his command in Afghanistan. McChrystal is headed to a White House Situation Room meeting with President Obama on Wednesday; Time’s Joe Klein reported Tuesday afternoon that the general offered to resign after making disrespectful comments More…

Biden Probably Wants to Renew His Rolling Stone Subscription

By | 06.22.10 | 9:42 am

Vice President Biden will probably have the last laugh now that Gen. Stanley McChrystal is returning to Washington to learn his fate as commanding general in Afghanistan after insulting his civilian bosses and colleagues to Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings. No matter what happens to McChrystal, the article strengthens More…

Potential Successor to Gates Lays Out Military Priorities

By | 06.11.10 | 6:00 am

Just to be clear: Defense Secretary Robert Gates is not talking about leaving the Pentagon. But when he ultimately does depart, possibly as soon as next year, a leading candidate to succeed him is his undersecretary for policy, Michele Flournoy. And judging by her speech Thursday at the annual conference More…

The Counterinsurgents’ National Security Strategy

By | 05.27.10 | 10:30 am

To build out a theme from the previous post, it’s noteworthy how the National Security Strategy draws on conceptions of military power developed over the last few years by the theorist-practitioners of counterinsurgency in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Before 2006, counterinsurgency was an apocryphal focus of study by More…

McChrystal’s Command: There Are Enough Troops for Kandahar

By | 05.18.10 | 10:07 am

Yesterday, I cited a blind quote in a McClatchy story from a Defense Department official. It raised doubts that the force levels anticipated for Kandahar’s “rising tide” — 20,350 NATO and Afghan troops by September — are sufficient to protect the population from insurgents. “None of this makes any More…

A CIA COINdinista’s Misgivings on Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan

By | 05.13.10 | 7:52 pm

The leak I got yesterday from Kandahar expressing skepticism that counterinsurgency can bring the nine-year war in Afghanistan to a successful conclusion has inspired another one. This time, a former CIA counterterrorism operative who has served on the ground in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq agreed to pass along a More…

Gen. Mattis Leaves Door Open to Next Military Job

By | 04.22.10 | 9:33 am

About a week ago, I speculated on Gen. James Mattis’ future in the military, now that Gen. Ray Odierno is set to take over for him at Joint Forces Command. Mattis is a four-star Marine general. He’s leaving a major command. The military is an up-and-out system — you More…

The ‘Mullen Doctrine’ Takes Shape

By | 03.16.10 | 6:00 am

It’s not the Mullen Doctrine — yet. But in a recent speech that’s attracted little notice outside the defense blogosphere, Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, offered the first set of criteria for using military force since Gen. Colin Powell held Mullen’s job nearly More…

U.S. Soldiers Killed in, Uh, Pakistan

By | 02.03.10 | 10:01 am

Unclear why they were there as yet; according to the U.S. embassy in Islamabad they were helping train the Pakistanis in counterinsurgency. But there’s this:

The American soldiers, who may have been part of a training unit, were en route to inspect a proposed site for small-scale development projects that