Category Archives: Pakistan

And the Dissonance Drones On, Endlessly

At Salon, Gary Kamiya opined Sunday that liberals have been “hypnotized into an endless dirty war:” (T)he majority of Americans, including those who were opposed to the war in Iraq, have no problems with their government killing at will, so … Continue reading

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Most Precise Bombing Campaign Ever

Marc Garlasco helped plan the shock and awe campaign in Iraq. As soon as the war ended, he went straight to the scene of devastation to work for Human Rights Watch, standing in places he’d destroyed to meet people impacted … Continue reading

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Craptastical Thinking

Somewhere beyond magical thinking lies a special world of sheer idiocy compounded by crazy: The simmering strategic crisis between the United States and Pakistan exploded with full force on May 1, with the unilateral and unauthorized US commando raid alleged … Continue reading

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The Way Out Was Through

The biggest Taliban offensive of 2011 thus far lasted two days: Afghan security forces on Sunday killed a few insurgents who had barricaded themselves inside a hotel in the southern city of Kandahar, ending a two-day battle that left more … Continue reading

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Moshtarak = Cooperation

The Huffington Post sees the Baradar capture as a confusing story about war fog: 10:39 AM ET — The fog of war in Pakistan. Joshua Foust at Registan.com masterfully highlights the confusion over a) how the recent captures of Taliban … Continue reading

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Afghanistan Preemption

Around Marjah, a preemptive wintertime offensive aims to nip the rumored Taliban spring offensive in the bud. What with the successful arrest of Mullah Baradar, there’s been an unusually-high level of Pakistani-American cooperation lately, too. From the NYT: ISLAMABAD, Pakistan … Continue reading

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Begging For Armageddon

I was catching up on the story of India’s terror alert when I spotted this buried far below the lede: The terror alert came just days after U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned that a syndicate of terror groups affiliated … Continue reading

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PCCF: Obama’s Pakistan Policy

Candidate Obama pledged to make nuclear security a key part of his foreign policy. President Obama made nuclear disarmament his central, long-term goal at the United Nations, promoting the security of nuclear weapons and materials. Now Seymour Hersh outlines the … Continue reading

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Divide and Conquer

From Global Post: KABUL — Moderate leaders of the Taliban say they have quietly and steadily made progress in third-party talks between the active Taliban insurgency and representatives of the Afghan and U.S. governments. Two Taliban leaders — who held … Continue reading

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