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Building Schools on the Most Important Foundation of All: Hope

You’ve probably never heard of Sofi Qala. It’s in a country called Afghanistan, which is a place that has people. People just like you who share your dreams of basic health care, access to electricity, and the ability for girls to go to school to learn how to be something other than the child bride… Read More ›

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Some Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops: All the Things are Beautiful in Kabulistan

A point of full disclosure: I’ve spent much of the last year in the Kabubble. With a few exceptions, where I managed to do something sober and mingle with the Afghans, our lives are fairly sheltered behind compound walls surrounding our poppy palaces. Not sure why they’re known as poppy palaces, but I can only… Read More ›

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A Response to Upton: ISAF Pulls from Sheen’s Dictionary, Redefines “Winning.”

It’s been a bit of a rough week here in Afghanistan, punctuated by at least one good thing: the first professional boxing match in Afghanistan in over 30 years. So that was a plus. Faryab…not so much of a plus. In my weekly “5 Things I Learned on My Really Long Afghanistan Vacation” post, I mentioned… Read More ›

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5 Things I Learned This Week in Afghanistan: October 30, 2012 Edition

1. Someone killed a bunch of civilians in a mosque A suicide bomber targeted worshippers who had gathered at a mosque in north Afghanistan for prayers to mark Eid al-Adha, killing at least 41 people. More than 50 people were wounded in the attack, which happened as people were leaving the Eid Gah mosque in… Read More ›


Blogging Angry: The Faryab Mosque Bombing

I’ve generally tried to stick by one simple rule on this blog: don’t blog angry. It’s a bad idea when one is driving, in some ways a worse idea when one is blogging. Why? Because blogging angry implies that I’m slipping past the point of analysis (however snarky that analysis may be) and randomly firing… Read More ›

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From the AOG to the ALP: When Homegrown Can Go Bad

This week on the blog I’m talking about some of the people in the AfPak Hands program and their work with the Afghan Peace and Reintegration Program, the APRP. Tuesday was the profile of one of the worst examples of the AfPak Hands probably ever, who worked with the APRP program. Yesterday, we met Captain… Read More ›

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5 Things I Learned This Week in Afghanistan, 22 October 2012 Edition

This week: So Andar’s a puzzler, the ANA are hosed, we’re still killing giant Afghan kids, the Taliban hates cops, and ISAF loves them some ALP. 1. ISAF does not understand what is happening in Andar. Lt. Hauk knew…in his heart…that he was funny. NATO…in its heart…knows that this Andar thing is going to work out…. Read More ›

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Three Things the NY Times Ignored In That One Op Ed

Recently the New York Times ran an op-ed giving some less-than-compelling reasons for us to be leaving Afghanistan. Like now. I had some initial thoughts on this. This, more than anything, sums up the Times piece. While there’s much that could be said with regard to style, poorly organized thought, and a general sense of… Read More ›

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They Don’t Have to Beat Us, They Just Need to Change Our Minds. Or, Michele Flournoy Gives Me a Sad.

  You may have caught the Michele Flournoy story from Joshua Hersh for the Huffington Post, covering Flournoy’s assertion that insider attacks (also known as green-on-blue…I keep seeing the Hulk smash a Smurf in my head) are the sign of “desperation” by the Taliban. If you’re not really clear on where this is going, I… Read More ›


5 Reasons Why Hezb-e Islami Killing Foreigners in Kabul is a Big Deal

Another attack in Kabul today, which (sadly) isn’t that unusual lately. But today’s reported killing of eight people in Kabul is frighteningly different from the norm here in the Emerald City. Here’s why. 1. This is being claimed by Hezb-e Islami. Once upon a time, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and friends did a great deal of violence in… Read More ›


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