Finding the silver(ish) lining in Afghanistan's Emerald City


I Make a Report Card: Someday I Will Be Just Like Mike (O’Hanlon)

I was inspired by this piece in the New York Times. No, really. All those colors? It’s…shiny. More on that in a future post. Based on that, I put together the following “report card” for the 15-16 April attacks here in Afghanistan. Feel free to discuss, disagree, etc. I’m fairly open to criticism. So long as… Read More ›


Troops Pose With Dead Bodies: Cue Massive Afghan-Free Speculation

Back in 2010, some dim bulbs in the 82nd Airborne took some pictures with dead insurgents. Share “ Two soldiers posed holding a dead man’s hand with the middle finger raised. A soldier leaned over the bearded corpse while clutching the man’s hand. Someone placed an unofficial platoon patch reading “Zombie Hunter” next to other… Read More ›

USMC Helo Ops

Raids, helo ops hit Afghan drug smugglers. Or Afghans who drive cars.

In reading up for blog-regulated stuff to well, blog about, I came across this from Dan Lamothe’s current embed with Marines in Helmand: Marines are running heliborne operations and other raids this spring to stem the flow of stored poppy out of the country ahead of the next harvest, said the two-star general overseeing ground… Read More ›

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