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Oil and Blood Catch Fire

This morning, 28 oil tankers burned to a crisp in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan. The tankers were headed to Afghanistan to fuel America’s machines of war. [...]

U.S. Paid For Cooks and Cleaners For Taliban

What corruption in the Afghanistan war looks like: The Taliban get cooks and cleaners paid for with U.S. money, and American soldiers get blown up. [...]

Byman and Fair: call the terrorists Nitwits

Daniel Byman and Christine Fair have written a short but compelling essay at The Atlantic in which they assert (with good evidence) that the Taliban and al Qaeda terrorist organizations are not characterized by stunning skill and crystal-focused religious zeal, but rather by incompetence and an obsession with porn.

To call terrorists “nitwits” is to [...]

Afghanistan Mission Shows War A Poor Tool For Change

For all the reasons that we were told that going to war in Afghanistan would be a good idea, war has been an ineffective tool, in fact. [...]

Obama Too Busy With War To Worry About The Rights Of Soldiers

Barack Obama’s justification might be more plausible if it weren’t the same argument that has been used to justify inequality in the military for an entire generation now. [...]

Dumping Weapons Into Afghanistan

In what’s supposed to be a war against the Taliban, the U.S. military seems to have inadvertently arming the Taliban, through its own incompetence. [...]