The Afghan “experiment”

by Justin Raimondo


This effort to create a kinder, gentler form of colonialism, to make a military occupation a true labor of love, is part and parcel of the loony faux-Maoist ‘COIN’ strategy championed by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), whose policy wonks have captured the civilian leadership of the Pentagon. Their efforts to construct a ’smart’ version of George W. Bush’s ‘war on terrorism’ on the Af-Pak front are imbued with just the sort of pseudo-scientific claptrap that allows liberals to think they can similarly ‘experiment’ — as Gen. Petraeus puts it — on the American people as well...

Imperial Democrats line up for war

Campaign For Liberty
by John Walsh

In a scene replicated all over the country, a small, dispirited crowd protested on Boston Common following Obama’s West Point declaration of more war on the unfortunate people of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Obama intends to out-Bush Bush on Af-Pak, which has finally thrown some cold water on his supporters. The large printed placards ordered up for the demo called for an end to the war on Af-Pak, but only three scraggily handmade signs mentioned Obama...

One hot mess

The American Prospect
by Matthew Yglesias


This week offered a typical example of the disconnect that’s emerged between the United States and the rest of the globe. The eyes of the world are on the climate talks in Copenhagen, while the American political establishment instead watches Gen. Stanley McChrystal and Ambassador Karl Eikenberry offer testimony on Afghanistan to Congress. The simple fact of the matter is that what happens — or doesn’t — in Copenhagen is much more likely to be remembered in history books than the details of America’s effort to stabilize Afghanistan. Either concrete progress will be made toward a global effort to forestall catastrophic climate change or else we risk slipping backward down the slope and undoing all the effort of recent years...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


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Georgetown Students Protest Gen. Petraeus During Speech

Student protestors gathered inside and outside Gaston to condemn Petraeus's strategy in the Middle East and the university's decision to invite him.


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