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Check out the page that describes this, but basically it’s all the stories that are just…dumb as a bacon wrapped pork chop at Ramazan.

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Some Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops: All the Things are Beautiful in Kabulistan(7)

18/11/2012

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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Today’s Bacon Wrapped Pork Chop: Why Hulk Hogan Should Never Be An AfPak Hand

Earlier this week in my usual “5 Things I Learned on My Extended Afghan Stay,” I alluded to the fact that you’d be seeing more about the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program. This is the first in that series, focusing on an AfPak Hand whose job it was to work with the APRP in Helmand. … Read More ›

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Another Helping of Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops: US Embassy Does Some Cultural Outreach

It’s been a while since I’ve done a BWPC post: if you’re not sure what that is, I’ve put together a handy reference guide here, complete with a picture for both current and former Marines. I’d gone away from it for a while in the interest of trying to be a little less snarky…you know,… Read More ›

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If Only the Afghans Were That Dumb

Author’s Note: I’m on a break at the moment enjoying some time off with my wife. So I’m reposting some of the stuff I had the most fun writing about, since lately this place has been anything but fun. If you’ve read it before, enjoy it again. If it’s new to you, then…huzzah. Originally posted… Read More ›

A Rickshaw, Oakleys, and When Not to Wear a Burqua in Kandahar

Author’s Note: I’m on a break at the moment enjoying some time off with my wife. So I’m reposting some of the stuff I had the most fun writing about, since lately this place has been anything but fun. If you’ve read it before, enjoy it again. If it’s new to you, then…huzzah. Before I… Read More ›

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Somebody Call Roy Rogers…The Afghans Learned Some Tricks!

“The ANA are well aware of their [logistical] limitations but have taken very simple methods and perfected them.  They’re phenomenal at rope tricks.”

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Sounds Like a Line from a Charlton Heston Movie

“People need to realize that the ANA are very intelligent. They might not have the same book smarts as you or me, but hands on they are very proficient, and western culture needs to be aware of that.”

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Conflicting Claims of Civilian Dead/Wounded in Logar (rev. 06JUN2012 1116)

From ISAF’s morning operational update, this: An Afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation to detain a Taliban leader in Baraki Barak district, Logar province, today. The leader plans and participates in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces throughout the province. He also commands multiple insurgents and acquires weapons for use in insurgent attacks… Read More ›

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Afghans Is Adorable

Here’s how this started…with this post.  Share BREAKING: Afghans are people. Apparently. On a personal front it’s been busy here the last day or so, and so I haven’t had much time to peruse the art of the bloggable. Then this … WordPress Which prompted commentary.  Which prompted this post.  Share John Merrick, When Racism… Read More ›

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John Merrick, When Racism Is Fine, and Socks

I haven’t posted in about a week, as my actual job has been taking up actual job-level quantities of time. That, and I’ve been having one of those weeks where I’m just tired of chronicling another lap around the drain. So I’m a bit maudlin this week, and feeling a little bit like I was… Read More ›

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