The Afghanistan Papers

Ken AshfordAfghanistan, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

This morning, the Washington Post published The Afghanistan Papers, so-named as a tribute to Daniel Ellsberg’s Pentagon Papers. It’s hardly surprising that what we learn from the collection of documents is that the US has been lying about Afghanistan since the very earliest days of the war: A confidential trove of government documents obtained by The Washington Post reveals that senior U.S. … Read More

Trump’s Ignorance Of Afghanistan Is Scary And Curious

Ken AshfordAfghanistan, Military Issues, Russia, Trump & Administration, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

At a press briefing at the end of a cabinet meeting Wednesday, Trump took questions from the press, and went on for 90 minutes in a rambling monologue festooned from end to end with falsehoods on a variety of subjects. But one particular statement he made has stood out: But then Trump went right off the deep end with a disquisition on … Read More

Not Funny

Ken AshfordAfghanistan, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

Mad Magzine goes full wingnut And when I say it is "not funny", I mean it lacks humor.  It's suypposed to be a spoof of Saving Private Ryan, but it's such a stretch (Ryan and Bergdahl sound nothing alike). I haven't really commented on the Bergdahl story, largely because its more bullshit right wingnut outrage.   First of all, we … Read More

It’s Not Over

Ken AshfordAfghanistan, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

CNN: The death of a U.S. Marine in southern Afghan combat has ushered in a grim milestone. Cpl. Taylor J. Baune of Andover, Minnesota, is the 2,000th American to die in Operation Enduring Freedom, the name for what the Bush administration characterized as the "war on terror" after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.  

The Afghanistan Decision

Ken AshfordAfghanistanLeave a Comment

Yesterday, Barack Obama had Michael Moore attacking his Afghanistan troop buildup from the left, in an open letter posted on his Web site ("If you go to West Point tomorrow night … and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, the troops in Afghanistan, … you will do the worst possible thing you could do…"), and today, as he's … Read More

Fort Hood Shooting

Ken AshfordAfghanistan, CrimeLeave a Comment

I guess everyone will have their own theories about why Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire at Fort Hood, killing 13, and wounding dozens. How much of it had to do with the fact that he was a Muslim? How much of it had to do with the fact that he was taunted as a Muslim? How much of it … Read More