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Will "Humanitarian" Samatha Power Take COIN to the UN? UPDATED Diana West Tuesday, July 02, 2013 5:53 AM
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COIN and its manual have been much discussed (reviled) here.

Below are some of the things that Samantha Power, President Obama's nominee to be UN Ambassador, said about COIN when she reviewed the Army COIN manual in 2007 for the New York Times.

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Three Cups of COIN Diana West Wednesday, November 30, 2011 6:55 AM
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Photo by Paul Avallone

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Petraeus: COIN Has "Borne Fruit" in A-stan Diana West Wednesday, July 13, 2011 5:11 AM
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Eureka! COIN has "borne fruit" in Afghanistan!

Who cares what it means. So says Petraeus Maximus in yet another exit interview, this one with American Forces Press Services and posted at the Pentagon website:

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Petraeus Confirmed: The COIN Party Continues Diana West Thursday, July 01, 2010 4:47 AM
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COIN Blues Diana West Thursday, October 22, 2009 7:45 AM
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I wish I agreed with Dick Cheney but I don't. How could I? He, along with the rest of the conservative...
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On Julian Assange and Wikileaks Diana West Thursday, April 11, 2019 6:45 AM
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On October 2, 2016, around the tenth anniversary of Julian Assange's remarkable online publishing venture Wikileaks, source of ten million authentic, notably government documents known as "secrets" to us mere citizens, I posted a compilation of writings on same under the headline, "Wikileaks at Ten Years: Populism's Lucky Break."

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Some Notes on "World Order" Mattis Diana West Thursday, December 01, 2016 7:32 AM
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U.S. Marine Gen. James Mattis, Centcom Commander, Afghanistan, 2011

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This Is What COIN Looks Like Diana West Monday, November 28, 2016 8:18 AM
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Speaking of Petraeus and Mattis -- "the two general officers who catalyzed...
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Wikileaks at Ten Years: Populism's Lucky Break Diana West Sunday, October 02, 2016 6:13 AM
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On the tenth anniversary of Wikileaks, Julian Assange spoke with Spiegel,...
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Missing Islam Diana West Thursday, September 17, 2015 4:51 AM
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US Army soldier at Saddam Mosque, Al Zarai, Iraq, 2008 / DVIDS photo.

Four months ago, when "Iraq" first popped up as an...
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Something Missing from Iraq War Story (As Usual) Diana West Tuesday, May 19, 2015 6:08 AM
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The Iraq debate that has erupted three, seven, eight, twelve years too late may end up disproving the old adage, "Better late than never." Why? Too many glaring omissions...
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Who Will Answer for COIN? Diana West Tuesday, May 13, 2014 4:58 AM
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America has a new and, thankfully, living Medal of Honor winner -- Kyle White -- whose bravery is now part of the annals of military history. The battle...
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Lessons of Iraq and A-Stan: Infidel Armies Can't Win Islamic Hearts and Minds Diana West Friday, December 13, 2013 6:34 AM
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I am reposting a couple of columns below from 2009, written at a time before the Obama "surge" in Afghanistan, based on Bush's "surge" in Iraq, was in full swing. 

I have long argued that the Bush surge failed (explanation in three parts here)....
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Why Is the FBI Still "Outreaching" the Muslim Brotherhood in America (CAIR)? Diana West Monday, September 23, 2013 3:08 AM
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In an important piece for The Clarion Project, Clare Lopez sums up a "tough week" for the Muslim Brotherhood in America that included a Justice IG report critical of the way FBI field offices have failed to implement a 2008 FBI policy to cease CAIR outreach,...
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How Petraeus Could Help COIN's Veterans Diana West Friday, March 29, 2013 2:51 AM
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Year-Ender: COIN's Casualties Must Be Reckoned With Diana West Wednesday, December 26, 2012 8:39 AM
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On August 2, 2012, while many millions of Americans were either on, refreshed from or perhaps contemplating their summer vacation, Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Sitton and another US soldier stepped on an IED in a mine-riddled field in Afghanistan. They were both...
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The Petraeus-Kagans-COIN-Complex Diana West Wednesday, December 19, 2012 6:12 AM
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Long frontpage takeout taking out the Kagans today in the Washington Post. The so-what-else-is-news headline --  "Civilians Held Petraeus' Ear in War Zone" -- almost caused me not to read it, given this obvious fact has driven so many posts and columns...
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Fox News: The Latest to Hop into Bed with Petraeus Diana West Thursday, December 06, 2012 6:43 PM
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And I didn't even mention Prince Talal bin Alwaleed's stake in News Corp....

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This week's syndicated column:

No doubt in the spirit of the season, somebody bestowed an audio sweetmeat upon Bob Woodward of the Washington Post – 13-plus minutes of an off-the-record conversation that took place in spring 2011 between Gen. David Petraeus, then ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) commander in Afghanistan, and Fox News analyst K.T. McFarland, who was visiting Petraeus’ Kabul HQ.

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Petraeus Betrayed His Country Before He Betrayed His Wife Diana West Thursday, November 15, 2012 5:13 PM
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This week's syndicated column:

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Time to Declare Victory over Madness and Come Home from the COIN Crusades Diana West Tuesday, July 17, 2012 4:04 AM
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Australian Sgt. Blaine Diddams, RIP

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From the Sydney Morning Herald a report titled ""Fears over...
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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl: Prisoner of COIN Diana West Monday, May 14, 2012 4:06 AM
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From today's New York Times, a story about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the lone American POW in Afghanistan. We still don't know the circumstances under which he was captured in 2009, but we do know something about his outlook on the counterinsurgency (COIN) disaster...
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Nagl: We Did It First Diana West Sunday, February 26, 2012 6:15 PM
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Kajaki: COIN Central Diana West Wednesday, January 25, 2012 6:08 AM
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Click "read more" to see DoD video from Kajaki Sofla bazaar, November 2011. Don't miss the motorcycles whizzing by, a chilling prefiguring of last week's suicide bomb attack.

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The Last Rites of COIN Diana West Tuesday, November 22, 2011 8:30 AM
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A timeless image, seemingly from British history....
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COIN Colonel: Changing Religious Mindset May Not Be Realistic Goal in A-stan Diana West Monday, November 21, 2011 6:34 AM
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It happened again.  There we were, going from one happy-dappy government account of COIN success in Sangin District at DVIDS  --

With the use of counter insurgency operations, or COIN, the Marines are finding new ways to remove the insurgent...
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Charbaran 2: Been There, Done COIN ... & Took Pics Diana West Thursday, October 06, 2011 1:49 AM
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Charbaran, 2008 (photo by Paul Avallone)

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Charbaran: Been There, Done COIN Diana West Tuesday, October 04, 2011 3:57 AM
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NYT photo: In what way is our constitutional republic better protected by deploying US forces (in Afghanistan at a baseline...
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Is COIN Fantasy Worth the Real-World Cost? Diana West Friday, September 23, 2011 3:30 AM
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This week's syndicated column:

Only the U.S. military could build a defensive wall of words -- "dismounted complex blast injury" (DCBI) -- around the bare fact that single, double, triple, even quadruple amputations are up sharply among U.S. forces on foot patrol in Afghanistan. So are associated pelvic, abdominal and genital injuries, according to a newly released report.

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Are COIN Foot Patrols Winning "Afghan Trust" or Just Losing American LImbs? Diana West Wednesday, September 21, 2011 1:44 PM
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My upcoming column this week takes off from a new report on the continuing spike in amputations among US troops in Afghanistan. The AP reports: 

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The Petraeus CIA: A Gigantic Conflict of Interest Diana West Wednesday, August 17, 2011 4:04 AM
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Gen. David Petraeus, June 23, 2011, in confirmation hearings before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee

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The COIN-bots Strike Again Diana West Saturday, August 06, 2011 3:21 PM
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As we mourn the loss of 30 US servicemen in Afghanistan today, among them members of beloved SEAL Team Six, the nature of the mission that they have been on, and that all of their fellow forces in the ISAF coalition have been on for nearly a decade, must come...
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The Tunnel Vision of the COIN-bots Diana West Saturday, August 06, 2011 6:16 AM
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Marine BG John Toolan: More stuff for Afghans ... or else.

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At the very end of this story lies the money quote on the thunking bankruptcy, military and political, of the American strategy in Afghanistan. It is the bankruptcy of Petraeus-McChrystal-Bush-Obama-Petraeus...
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COIN Is Dhimmitude Diana West Friday, July 22, 2011 4:00 AM
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This week's syndicated column:

This week, the madness of the counterinsurgency doctrine (COIN), which drives the war in Afghanistan, reached new heights -- or depths -- as revealed by two news stories.

In Great Britain, a former Royal Marine...
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Did COIN Bear One Fruit or Two in A-stan Yesterday? Diana West Sunday, July 17, 2011 8:34 AM
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9th/12th Royal Lancers, Leicester, 2009

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RTT News reports:

A NATO soldier, shot dead while on patrol in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, has been identified as British.

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COIN Complex Diana West Sunday, July 03, 2011 10:58 AM
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The power bloc that brought us COIN strategy (spaghetti) ...



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Why Did the Pentagon Listen to Greg Mortenson? Diana West Friday, April 22, 2011 3:46 AM
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This (above) is "postcard" from Afghanistan by Paul Avallone, someone who has...
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Time to COIN Another Strategy -- Now Diana West Friday, April 15, 2011 1:01 AM
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This week's syndicated column:

Reading about another catastrophically maimed casualty of the counterinsurgency strategy (COIN) in Afghanistan, I was struck by a biographical note. This young American, now a triple amputee after stepping on an IED...
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Afghanistan Poker Diana West Thursday, March 17, 2011 3:41 AM
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US Army 2nd Lt. Stephen Petraeus, Wardak Province, A-stan, September 2010: Now we know -- what?

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Some fireworks at Gen. Petraeus's appearance before Congress yesterday. I would like to see the plain, unadorned transcript but so far all I...
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What Do You Get When You Mix Rose Petals, Pentagon Brass and Too Many Cups of Tea? Diana West Saturday, January 29, 2011 4:26 AM
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Mark Durie has a must-read article today -- "Aslim Taslam, Three Cups of Tea and Pakistan's Blasphemy Laws" -- which flags the phenomenon of Pakistani Christians converting to Islam to protect themselves and their children from the nation's blasphemy laws. "Blasphemy" -- crossing or critiquing Islam in any way -- is a capital offense in fabulous "ally" Pakistan, as many Americans are now finally learning. So, in paying out billion$ a year to Pakistan, mostly Christian Americans are also in effect subsidizing such blasphemy laws.

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The Ghost Army in COIN-Land Diana West Thursday, January 20, 2011 6:54 AM
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Remember that massive and massively expensive expansion of Afghan security forces reported...
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CERF: Children's Emergency Relief Fund Diana West Tuesday, January 04, 2011 8:08 AM
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If the GOP is serious about waste, fraud and abuse -- and reckless childishness -- Congress needs to ask Gen. Petraeus some questions ...
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The Fatalities of COIN Diana West Saturday, December 04, 2010 7:45 AM
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This combination of 6 undated photos provided by the U.S. Army shows from the top left, Pvt. Buddy W. McLain...
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The Problem with COIN (I Think) or: 沃勒斯坦:在世界萧条中无可选择 Diana West Friday, August 20, 2010 3:48 AM
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Word about COIN seems to be getting around:



某些行动确实采取了。拉姆斯菲尔德让布什总统解除了职务。拉姆斯菲尔德最强大的辩护人副总统切尼,其影响力输给了国务卿康多莉扎·赖斯和拉姆斯菲尔 德的继任罗伯特·盖茨,后者倡导更“温和”的观点,强调运用外交手段。新军事战略突然之间获得了支持,即反叛乱[counter- insurgency](用缩 COIN表示)。它是由先前不知名的军官戴维·彼得雷乌斯[David Petraeus]提出来的。

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Four-Star Heaven Diana West Wednesday, July 07, 2010 3:58 AM
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Catchy cover story by Mehdi Hasan in the British weekly the New Statesman.

Opening question:

David Petraeus,...
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The COIN Nightmare Continues Diana West Friday, June 25, 2010 1:46 AM
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This week's syndicated column:

So Gen. Stanley McChrystal lost his job. Does it matter?

Aside from the fact that with Wednesday's announcement the nation's capital could finally exhale for the first time since news broke about the profanity-laced...
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COIN: "A Fraud Perpetrated on the American People" Diana West Tuesday, June 22, 2010 11:49 AM
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Best line to come out of the Rolling Stone's McChrystal profile that has the general...
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Admiral Olson: Rebel against COIN Diana West Friday, May 28, 2010 1:23 AM
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Finally, some high-ranking, active-duty, public pushback against the Petraeus-McChrystal-Mullen-Gates-Kilcullen-Bush-Obama world of...
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COIN: Going Global? Diana West Tuesday, May 25, 2010 8:16 AM
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It may or may not not have bullets, but COIN is on the march.

From Navy Times:

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After Battle of Kamdesh, More COIN Diana West Monday, May 17, 2010 5:08 AM
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The Washington Post's Greg Jaffe published Part 2 of...
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It's Hard To Be King When COIN Rules Diana West Sunday, May 02, 2010 2:18 AM
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U.S. Army Capt. Casey Thoreen talking to "village elders" before a US-initiated "shura" begins in the...
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Dear Contentions Diana West Thursday, April 08, 2010 7:08 AM
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While we're on the subject, I think today is as good a day as any to post a letter I emailed last Wednesday to Commentary magazine's blog Contentions, where Max Boot posts amok. I had hoped for some form of a public correction attesting to my reportorial...
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COIN Is Always Having to Say You're Sorry, Cont'd. Diana West Friday, March 19, 2010 4:31 AM
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Photo: Islamic Republic of Afghanistan flag over Marjah

From the AP:

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COIN in Action (3): "Courageous Restraint" Diana West Tuesday, February 16, 2010 3:00 PM
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COIN in Action, Cont'd. Diana West Tuesday, February 16, 2010 6:25 AM
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Photo: Afghanistan Marine BG Lawrence "Eat Lots of Goat" Nicholson...
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Battle of Marjah: COIN in Action Diana West Monday, February 15, 2010 7:38 AM
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Via ISAF: Valentine's Day at the Battle of Marjah.

The news from Marjah is increasingly surreal as "counterinsurgency" theory...
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War General's Worry: "How People Feel" Diana West Wednesday, January 13, 2010 10:34 AM
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It feels like forever, but it's only been six months since I started following "counterinsurgency" philosophy as particularly hyped...
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What Next, A Surge of Nation-Building in Yemen? Diana West Tuesday, January 12, 2010 5:08 AM
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The Washington Post reports:

Thousands of Somali boys and teenagers fleeing war and chaos at home are sailing to Yemen, where officials ... now worry that the arrivals could become the next generation of Al-Qaeda fighters.

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Sharia and Man at Yale Diana West Friday, October 09, 2009 9:30 AM
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Photo: At least Handsome Dan still breathes free

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A Marine Corps Sergeant Major Speaks Diana West Monday, September 28, 2009 4:23 PM
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Writing at a brand new blog created by John Bernard, Jim Sauer, a retired Marine Corps Sergeant Major and combat veteran with...
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Pink Flags, White Flags, Iraq ROEs Diana West Saturday, September 26, 2009 6:45 AM
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There is something palpably worse about the "hearts and minds" madness in Afghanistan...
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Dear Sirs: Decency Demands a Correction Diana West Friday, February 22, 2019 6:39 AM
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Started the day with a Letter to the Editor of The Spectator US regarding "Andrew McCabe is the new Joe McCarthy" by...
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Paul Manafort: A Time Bomb? Diana West Monday, February 18, 2019 12:49 PM
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New at The Epoch Times!

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When the S-Word Was Taboo, Part 2 Diana West Friday, December 07, 2018 4:16 AM
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Now at Epoch Times

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When the S-Word Was Taboo Diana West Thursday, December 06, 2018 2:38 PM
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Now at Epoch Times

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Fake "McCarthyism" History Strikes Again Diana West Wednesday, November 21, 2018 4:21 AM
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Now at The Epoch Times

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Russians for Hillary Redux Diana West Sunday, August 05, 2018 3:24 AM
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Below, I am reposting all three parts of "Russians for Hillary," which first appeared here on May 30-May 31. Drawing mainly...
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What If Jonathan Chait Has Been a Useful Idiot Since 2013? Diana West Tuesday, July 10, 2018 6:17 AM
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Back in 2013, when former Communist Party member Ron Radosh was whipping up a Pravda-style disinformation campaign against...
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More Dots Diana West Sunday, July 08, 2018 4:16 AM
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Free associate the scattershot.

Interesting Twitter thread from...
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In Support of Fred Fleitz and the Real Target (Frank Gaffney) Diana West Sunday, June 03, 2018 4:25 AM
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Russians for Hillary 2 Diana West Thursday, May 31, 2018 3:56 AM
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Part 1 is here.

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The Manafort Story: Isn't Something Missing? Diana West Sunday, February 25, 2018 12:01 PM
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Red Thread, Pt. 5: When American "Collusion" Looks Like Russian Deception Diana West Saturday, January 27, 2018 5:54 AM
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Question: What Made Steve Bannon Think He Ruled? Diana West Friday, January 05, 2018 7:03 AM
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It is hard to stop gaping at the hole where a fragmentation bomb blew...
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Some Notes on Veselnitskaya's Testimony Diana West Wednesday, December 06, 2017 8:53 AM
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Campaign for justice -- or something else?

NBC has posted written testimony submitted...
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Is Seeking the Truth a Human Right? Diana West Tuesday, November 21, 2017 8:27 AM
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Earlier today, Bill Browder, American-born British billionaire and also grandson of the notorious CPUSA leader Earl Browder, posted the above picture on Twitter from inside a conference on "human rights challenges" at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway. Hosted by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, the conference was billed as an "international hearing" into the death of Browder's longtime accountant, Sergei Magnitsky, in Russian state custody. Browder's tweet reads: "Magnitsky denial filmmaker complaining how unfairly he's been treated in his ambitions to spread FSB version that Magnitsky wasn't murdered." 

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Wake Up and Smell the Culture, Take Two Diana West Sunday, November 19, 2017 6:59 AM
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National Review Looks at the Communist Century ... and Blinks Diana West Monday, October 30, 2017 5:20 AM
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It's really not Britisher Douglas Murray's fault. He just happened to blunder onto the pages of the wrong American...
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Hirsi Ali Warns the World Against ... Geert Wilders Diana West Monday, June 26, 2017 6:41 AM
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Now at The Daily Caller 

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Hillary Clinton's Hypersonic Missile Gap Diana West Tuesday, March 21, 2017 5:23 AM
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Now at The Daily Caller.

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CNN Stumbles Across a Map of the Swamp Diana West Monday, March 06, 2017 12:14 PM
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Believe it or not, CNN has done something no other media have done. They actually found a connection between American Betrayal...
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Exonerate MARSOC's Fox Company Now Diana West Saturday, February 18, 2017 6:40 AM
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It is rare and reviving sight in Washington, DC. to see honor and duty and moral clarity drive a political measure.

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Why President Trump Should Tell Gen. Nicholson: You're Fired! Diana West Friday, February 10, 2017 3:26 AM
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Now at The Daily Caller.

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Wake Up and Smell the Culture Diana West Tuesday, January 24, 2017 1:45 PM
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Speaking of "Fake News," What Was the First Big Lie? Diana West Tuesday, December 13, 2016 9:22 AM
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In many ways, my 2013 book American Betrayal is...
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"The Great Change": When the 1960s Generation Became Interventionist Diana West Tuesday, August 30, 2016 2:20 PM
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In 2000, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick made an acute observation that I've not heard any other observer point out: the switch from "liberal...
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A Few Blasts from the Past Diana West Saturday, July 02, 2016 9:29 AM
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I was looking for something and found these:

January 15, 2011: Two More Americans Killed by the Great Society Abroad 

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Speaking of Pickering Diana West Tuesday, June 28, 2016 4:15 AM
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Even as former Ambassador Thomas Pickering...
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The PCE, Pt. 14: What's News? That Foster Phone Call, Isolationism, The National Enquirer, Wifegate? Diana West Friday, March 25, 2016 12:12 PM
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What's more important? Both

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How Insane Is the World at Year's End? Pt. 1 Diana West Thursday, December 24, 2015 2:50 AM
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Actually, the insanity is not possible to quantify. An abundance of social and political indicators break the meter.

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Sangin 2015 Diana West Monday, December 21, 2015 7:36 AM
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US Marine marksman, Sangin district, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, June 2011

Sangin is falling or has fallen.

What is Sangin?  A 200-square-mile...
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Chalabi, Blame and Influence Diana West Friday, November 06, 2015 8:04 AM
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Ahmad Chalabi's death this week brought up bits of Iraq War narrative from the danker reaches of the Washington swamp.   

Was Chalabi...
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Note to Pinnochio Post: Lying Is Permissable, Even "Obligatory" Under Islamic Law Diana West Sunday, September 27, 2015 4:52 AM
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Dear Glenn Kessler,

First of all, how come your "Fact Checker" column of 9/22 awarding...
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Strangers in Your Own Land Diana West Monday, September 07, 2015 12:28 PM
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The city of Buda (today's Budapest) in the 15th century

You've heard of "redistribution of wealth." We are now watching in Europe something  even more ghastly take shape.

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Question: What is "PC"? Diana West Saturday, August 29, 2015 5:33 AM
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Answer: The Marxist mechanism that disconnects facts from conclusions to make war on our minds.

Much of the Trump Effect...
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Sex! Jack Boots! Trump! Diana West Sunday, August 23, 2015 8:43 AM
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Their frustration is palpable. All those sparkling, witty gambits by conservative pundits to denigrate Trump supporters -- as, for example, when National...
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Socialism Rears Its Head Again Diana West Saturday, August 01, 2015 7:12 AM
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I don't know what came over Chris Matthews, putting the DNC's Debbie Wasserman-Schultz on the spot like that, calling on her to explain the difference...
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More American Betrayal: Mustn't Offend the Russians and Report the News... Diana West Saturday, May 02, 2015 7:58 AM
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The AP's Edward Kennedy, who believed news of the end of World War II belonged to the world, not the Soviet propaganda department....
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Who Is To Blame? Diana West Tuesday, April 28, 2015 5:21 AM
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The Blame Game is not a game. It is serious business, particularly at this point of implosion. We still have the capabilities to think and speak...
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Learned Professors Need to Learn the Numbers on Joe McCarthy Diana West Monday, February 23, 2015 10:00 AM
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It is rather hilarious, in a mirthless way, to hear Learned Professors still attempting to maintain the domain of "Cold War Studies" as a rather sterile realm in which...
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From the Vault: Pentagon Exalts Koran Over Constitution Diana West Monday, February 16, 2015 8:19 AM
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The following post originally appeared on March 10, 2012. Its contents remain as staggering today as they were then. "We will...
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The Department of Armed Social Work Has Some 'Splaining to Do Diana West Thursday, February 12, 2015 5:50 AM
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JCC Gen. Martin E. Dempsey

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Sen. Ted Cruz spoke at the CSP Defeat Jihad Summit yesterday, recounting an exchange he had with the Secretary...
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Jihad and Dhimmitude: The Vicious Cycle Diana West Tuesday, December 16, 2014 8:02 AM
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Way back in the summer of 2006, I was guest-blogging at Michelle Malkin's website and...
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Did Anti-Israel Animus Lead CIA to Torture Fiasco? Diana West Sunday, December 14, 2014 4:15 AM
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In a post called CIA Torture: An Insider's View,The XX Committee blog recounts:

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye Diana West Thursday, December 11, 2014 1:40 PM
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Breaking: After more or less 15 years of continuous weekly newspaper syndication, I have just filed the final column...
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Free Sgt. Derrick Miller Diana West Sunday, November 02, 2014 5:25 AM
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Beverly Perlson of Band of Mothers has sent the following letter to the Secretary of Defense about...
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Ret. Gen. John R. Allen: Still a Portrait in Dhimmitude Diana West Friday, October 31, 2014 8:52 AM
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Retired Marine Gen. John R. Allen, Obama's new envoy to the "anti-ISIS coalition," was much in mind while I was writing this week's column even...
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Time to Judge Presidents and Generals on Afghanistan Diana West Friday, October 31, 2014 4:23 AM
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This week's syndicated column

In the summer of 2009, U.S. Marines pushed into Afghanistan's Helmand province to begin the new offensive that President Obama...
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Whitewashing Communism Plus Whitewashing Islam Equals Curtains for the West Diana West Tuesday, September 30, 2014 8:05 AM
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Thanks to Andrew BostomTundra Tabloids and Vlad Tepes for...
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Macgregor: Stay out of Mesopotamia & Secure US Borders Diana West Wednesday, September 24, 2014 9:11 AM
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A bullseye in Syria, but the US border is still open

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It's so simple.

We should stay out of the Sunni-Shia regional war developing in Mesopotamia.  Both sides are hostile to Christians and Jews.

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Geert Wilders: "Recognize that Islam Is the Problem" Diana West Thursday, September 04, 2014 5:45 AM
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Geert Wilders, in parliamentary debate today...
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Israel and the US: Whose Survival Instinct Is Stronger? Diana West Friday, July 25, 2014 3:20 AM
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This week's syndicated column

There’s something darkly coincidental in the fact that the latest weapon to be deployed against the survival...
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When Cultural Sensitivity Replaces Cultural Identity Diana West Wednesday, June 25, 2014 10:23 AM
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Photo: Maj. Jim Gant, proponent of "going native," with the Pashtun tribal chief he dubbed "Sitting...
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Iraq Digest Diana West Friday, June 13, 2014 8:22 AM
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From the AP (multiple hat tips to Andrew Bostom):

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Of Throw-Downs, Take-Downs and Duranty Prizes Diana West Saturday, June 07, 2014 7:04 AM
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1933 article by Gareth Jones, the Ukraine Terror Famine truth-teller who was thrown down" not only by Walter Duranty but by a conspiracy of his journalist-peers....
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Report from the Future: The Umma States of America Diana West Saturday, May 24, 2014 6:42 AM
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Imagine a curious soul or two in the not-too-distant future furtively peeling back the layers and learning the cruel truth: that their forbears willingly exchanged all of their precious liberties for tyranny rather than assess and educate and protect themselves against Islamic conquest -- violent, pre-violent, smooth, explosive, financial, political, kafiyya-wrapped or Armani-suited. I think they will marvel because, as they will so very tragically know first-hand, Islam is so simple: its culture of death, its oppression of women and non-Muslims, its defilement of children, its suppression of conscience, religion and speech. They will be astonished, also very angry, over the way free men and women in 20th-21st centuries saw fit, not to embark on emergency measures to ensure energy independence from Islamic oil, block Islamic immigration, and shield financial markets and academia from sharia-compliance, but rather to erect a massive and invasive security state that robbed all citizens of their liberties as they fiddled away the Islamic threat. Mustn't offend? Mustn't offend? That was more important than saving the blessed beauty of our lost civlization...?! Incredulously, they will learn how "public intellectuals" invented all manner of "division" within Islam, detected endless "signs" of "evolution" to come,  supported disastrous "democracy" movements, diagnosed "moderation" ever-aborning, projecting all in a static of isms and ists that confounded and dumbfounded and confused. To be sure, it kept "public intellectuals" gainfully occupied, but it did nothing to stem the waves of conquest that made life in the West a sharia-compliant and, of course, post-Communist hell on earth. Obamacare Allahu Akbar....
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It's Really That Simple Diana West Wednesday, May 21, 2014 10:50 AM
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Former Green Beret (including the Afghan War) and photojournalist Paul Avallone just sent me two of his photos emblazoned with a cut from a recent post of mine. My idea of a perfect collaborative effort -- thanks, Paul.

Here's the first:

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The Truth about V-E Day Diana West Thursday, May 08, 2014 3:19 PM
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In 2012, the AP apologized...
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Why the EU Is Not Your Father's Europe Diana West Friday, April 18, 2014 4:24 AM
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This week's syndicated column

The important-sounding Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union has recently reiterated “its strong support for Ukraine’s...
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Have You Hugged Your Warlord Today? Diana West Friday, February 21, 2014 10:31 AM
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"The Grinning Generals" by Rob Crllly is a recent London Telegraph story all about the above photo of two generals, one Afghan, one American. Noting...
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The Hillary Papers: And the Headline Is ... Diana West Friday, February 14, 2014 6:43 AM
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State Department photo/public domain

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This week, The Washington Free Beacon published a story by Alana Goodman...
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Will Lifting Sanctions on Iran Crash US Oil Boom? Diana West Tuesday, February 04, 2014 4:02 AM
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Via Andrew Bostom.

On November 25, 2013, Forbes noted:

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Gates-gate: Is Obama the Only Problem with A-Stan War? Diana West Friday, January 10, 2014 4:30 AM
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DVIDS photo by Lance Cpl. Jason Morrison of Marines patrolling Sangin, 2012 

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Excuse me while I defend President Obama.

This doesn’t happen...
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Goodbye to All That -- Let's Hope Diana West Sunday, December 29, 2013 4:58 AM
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Sgt. 1st Class Frank Limtiaco, left, exults as 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Regiment, Guam Army National Guard leaves Afghanistan on December 28. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Eddie Siguenza/Released)

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My Last Syndicated Column of 2013 Diana West Thursday, December 26, 2013 7:14 PM
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In the interest of tying up some loose ends, here are a few updates before the new year.

Principle, what principle?

Remember how 2013 began with much ado over Al Gore’s unseemly $500 million sale of Current TV network to Al Jazeera, aka “the Muslim Brotherhood channel”? Even anything-for-a-buck Time Warner Cable saw fit to drop the Qatar-owned “news” organization from its package. Well, TWC this month announced that, yes, it will be bringing Al Jazeera America into 55 million American homes after all. “Financial terms weren’t disclosed,” USA Today reported.

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The Really "Special Relationship" of the 20th Century Diana West Sunday, December 15, 2013 9:48 AM
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Michael Goodwin of the New York Post, a former colleague on the old Lou Dobbs shows at CNN, has a column out today interpreting Obama's unseemly behavior at Mandela's funeral. He writes:

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Bukovsky: Judgment in Moscow, Chapter 1 Diana West Friday, November 29, 2013 9:05 AM
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What a publishing coup for the editors at Breitbart News when Vladimir Bukovsky chose to offer them the first chapter of his 1993 book, Judgment in Moscow,...
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Afghanistan: When Diminishing Returns Hit Rock Bottom Diana West Saturday, October 05, 2013 2:58 AM
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The good news is there are a mere 75 terrorist "operatives" left in all of Afghanistan.

The bad news is the US government wants our very special US Special Forces to remain in Afghanistan indefinitely to continue to hunt them.

Is that the best...
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M. Stanton Evans: "In Defense of Diana West" Diana West Sunday, September 15, 2013 6:35 AM
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I would like to thank Messrs. Radosh, Horowitz,...
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Warning: Historians at Work Diana West Monday, September 09, 2013 9:56 AM
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Air Force historian Eduard Mark, now deceased, wrote a paper in 1998 linking the codename "19" in KGB cable 812 from the Venona archive to Harry Hopkins.

Mark's...
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Clare Lopez: Recognizing the Wrong People Diana West Tuesday, September 03, 2013 4:30 PM
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This morning, the Gatestone Institute published my Team B II colleague Clare Lopez's latest essay, which juxtaposed the findings of American Betrayal...
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Free the Leavenworth Ten-Plus Diana West Saturday, August 31, 2013 2:03 AM
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This week's syndicated column

Does any American believe that Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance (above), 28, should remain in a...
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David Solway: Defending "American Betrayal Diana West Tuesday, August 20, 2013 4:10 AM
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Yesterday, it was a retired builder. Today, it is a poet.

From Family Security Matters.

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Radosh Claims I "Attack" Historians: Is He Right? Diana West Monday, August 12, 2013 1:28 AM
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One of the many,  insupportable  ...
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Mission Happy 30th Birthday to Sgt. Derrick Miller Diana West Wednesday, June 26, 2013 4:02 PM
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Many times I am asked by readers exercised by the fallen state of our world:, What can we do?

Here is something easy. Please send a 30th birthday...
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Jeffrey Norwitz on "American Betrayal" Diana West Friday, June 07, 2013 1:48 PM
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Ex-Soviet spy Elizabeth Bentley came forward to identify 150 Communist agents and collaborators for the FBI. Read American Betrayal...
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From the "Five Pillars" to the "Sword and the Shield" Diana West Thursday, May 30, 2013 6:43 AM
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When I was speaking about American Betrayal with...
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American Betrayal at Family Security Matters by Ruth King Diana West Wednesday, May 29, 2013 8:31 AM
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Ruth King, monthly columnist for Outpost and daily blogger-aggregator...
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US Religious Freedom Commission Won't Touch Sharia Diana West Thursday, May 09, 2013 3:31 AM
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This week's article for Dispatch International:

"US Religious Commission Won't Touch Sharia"

But is keen to revile Western countries trying to defend against Islamic law

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Another Terrorist Attack, Another Saudi Cover-Up? Diana West Friday, April 19, 2013 8:06 AM
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Abdulrahman Ali Al-Harbi with Azzam with Saudi diplomat Azzam bin Abdel Karim in a Boston hospital

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Even as our focus remains on the manhunt for the second Chechen suspect, this Saudi story still simmers ....

This week's syndicated...
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Petraeus: While You Seek Forgiveness, Help "Leavenworth Ten" Get Clemency Diana West Friday, March 29, 2013 2:34 AM
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This week's syndicated column

Talk is cheap, Gen. Petraeus.

You may not agree. After all, your Washington, D.C., “super lawyer,” Bob Barnett, charges you something like $900 an hour for a kind of talk best described as “reputation reconfiguration”...
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Is Paula Broadwell the Only Thing David Petraeus Has to "Apologize" For? Diana West Wednesday, March 27, 2013 4:28 AM
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CBS reports:

David Petraeus apologized Tuesday night to an audience of many veterans for the conduct that led to his resignation as head of the CIA following the disclosure of an extramarital affair.

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David Petraeus: No Worries Diana West Sunday, March 17, 2013 7:31 AM
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CNN reports that David Petraeus will make his first public appearance since resigning in multi-varied if only partly limned states of disgrace, all overshadowed by L'Affaire Broadwell. He will deliver a speech this month at a dinner honoring the military.

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Drones, Due Process and Us Diana West Saturday, March 09, 2013 8:10 AM
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Andy McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor formidable and, bonus, great  friend of mine, has weighed in on the Rand Paul filibuster at NRO and finds it so much misguided theatrics. Further, he describes what I see as Paul's electric efforts to focus attention on executive overreach and obfuscation as a "crusade to have the Constitution ban a bogeyman of [Paul's] own making."

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David Solway: The Conspiracy of Suppression, Pt. 2 Diana West Thursday, February 21, 2013 4:02 AM
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Pt. 2 of "The Conspiracy of Suppression," an original essay by David Solway

Pt. 1 is here.

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Q & A: The Saudi Influence on Fox Diana West Tuesday, February 19, 2013 6:34 AM
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From RadicalIslam.org:

In the following interview, RadicalIslam.org National Security Analyst Ryan Mauro speaks to Diana West, a nationally syndicated...
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Brennan: Jihad Apologist to Lead Fight Against It? Diana West Friday, February 15, 2013 4:38 AM
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This week's syndicated column

We all know what happens when the fox guards the chicken coop – or do we?

This is not a rhetorical question. Do we Americans understand what happens when a wily predator is custodian of defenseless clucks? Our state of psychological disarmament makes us unable to recognize even such an obvious threat. I can’t think of another explanation for why the country hasn’t melted down the Capitol switchboard with phone calls to U.S. senators beseeching them not to confirm John Brennan as the next director of the CIA.

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About Chuck Hagel and US Foreign Policy Diana West Friday, February 01, 2013 7:51 AM
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About Chuck Hagel.

Watching yesterday's morning session of his Senate confirmation hearings on C-SPAN made me nothing if not uneasy. There are, I have to confess, aspects of Hagel's foreign policy that intersect with my own beliefs: those that stem from his apparently sincere drive not to see US troops wasted in foreign interventions that have nothing to do with American interests. I am alarmed, however, by his apparently visceral and unveiled attitudes toward Jews and Israel, which dovetail with the Arabist worldview.

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Hillary's Hearings Diana West Friday, January 25, 2013 5:20 AM
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Rounding out Hillary-week at this blog, this week's syndicated column:

One day, I hope, Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi hearings will stand as testament to the smoke-and-mirrors dangerousness of U.S. foreign policy, circa 2013 – both as executed by the...
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Flashback: Hillary on the End of OBL and the "Extremist Narrative" in North Africa Diana West Thursday, January 24, 2013 7:15 AM
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When US forces killed Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011, Hillary Clinton hailed the event as coinciding with the end of the jihadist era -- sorry, "extremist narrative" era (she was still parroting Obama-approved lingo) -- in the Middle East and North Africa,...
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Facing Reality in Afghanistan: Nothing to Salvage Diana West Saturday, January 05, 2013 5:16 AM
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Patrolling the boondoggling Kajaki Dam

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Armed Forces Journal posted this Letter to the Editor...
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Year-Ender: Apparently, We Will Never See Red Over "Green on Blue" Diana West Wednesday, December 26, 2012 6:58 AM
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Los Angeles Times photo of Army Pvt. 2nd Class Chris Wade "advising" Afghan soldiers inside an Afghan National Army compound at FOB Naghlu.

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2012 began with the continuing Islamic jihad against infidel troops in Afghanistan,...
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SOS: Save Uncle Sam Diana West Wednesday, December 12, 2012 5:24 AM
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The Wall Street Journal reports this week about a new draft handbook for US troops in Afghanistan designed to prevent their Afghan "partners" from...
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Syrian Rebels: We Are All Jabhat Al Nusra (Al Qaeda) Diana West Tuesday, December 11, 2012 2:53 AM
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You can almost hear the Obama administration call out, as one voice, "Aha! We'll designate the Syrian al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al Nusra a terrorist organization, thus barring the group from receiving Western money and arms,  and be done with it!"

And so they did....
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Petraeus' Poodles Diana West Wednesday, December 05, 2012 5:48 AM
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No doubt in the spirit of the season, somebody bestowed an audio sweetmeat...
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Pickering's Red Flags Diana West Thursday, November 01, 2012 4:49 PM
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This week's syndicated column:

As we arrive at Election Day, some of the most crucial questions left unanswered about Benghazi are, in fact, the simplest. They are not “fog of war” questions. They are not questions rendered unanswerable by “conflicting...
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Obama's Jihad Alliance Diana West Friday, October 26, 2012 4:50 AM
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What Did the CIA Know and When Did It Stop Knowing It? Diana West Saturday, October 20, 2012 4:36 AM
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Yesterday, we learned specifically that the CIA station chief in Tripoli reported to Washington within 24 hours that the consulate attack was executed by terrorists and was not a spontaneous demonstration over...
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Dear Mitt, Imagine Uncle Sam Were a Bain Client Diana West Monday, October 08, 2012 6:19 AM
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Dear Mitt,

I know you're a busy man. But this foreign policy needs some more time and thought on your part, and before your next debate with Obama.

It's not that O's a foreign policy genius; he's not. It's not that his foreign policy is good;...
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Explosive Update: The Smolensk Crash Diana West Thursday, September 27, 2012 8:13 AM
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A long overdue update on the Smolensk airplane "accident" that destroyed the heart of the pro-Western Polish leadership in April 2010 on the 70th anniversary of the Soviet massacre of 20,000 Polish officers known as the Katyn Forest Massacre....
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The Army Response to SSG Sitton Diana West Sunday, September 23, 2012 5:15 AM
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Army chief of staff Odierno's so-called response to SSG Sitton's letter is below.

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More on the story of SSG Sitton from the Tampa Tribune -- specifically, the US military's response:

LARGO — Cheryl Sitton's questions are simple....
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A Nation Betrayed Diana West Friday, September 21, 2012 4:03 AM
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SSG Matthew Sitton (1986-2012)

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Below is an extraordinary, heart-stopping and historic letter. It is a letter...
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"First Things" and the First Amendment Diana West Friday, September 14, 2012 5:59 AM
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Joseph E. Schmitz (above), former Inspector General of the Pentagon and fellow Team B II...
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Ignoring Afghanistan Diana West Tuesday, September 04, 2012 2:37 AM
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About Afghanistan. With President Obama shifting rhetorically and Candidate Romney remaining silent or  resorting to platitudes,...
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Fire General Allen Diana West Friday, August 24, 2012 4:32 AM
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One word for General John R. Allen's recent  explanation for the spate of Afghan murders of our men is despicable. Ramadan fasting,...
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Panetta Shoots for Islamic Brownie Points Diana West Saturday, August 04, 2012 5:18 AM
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What Does the Number "9" Mean? Diana West Sunday, July 29, 2012 7:41 AM
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I received an email from a reader, who writes:

I read your article on...
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Spiking the Examiner Diana West Saturday, July 28, 2012 6:32 AM
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News flash: The Washingon Examiner spiked my syndicated column on the Muslim Brotherhood and why five House Republicans -- Reps. Michele Bachmann, Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, Tom Rooney and Lynn Westermoreland -- were correct to call on Inspectors...
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Outing the Muslim Brotherhood Diana West Thursday, July 19, 2012 3:20 PM
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This week's syndicated column:

Be alarmed: The U.S. government continues to be “advised by organizations and individuals that the U.S. government itself has identified in federal courts as fronts for the international Muslim Brotherhood.” So wrote...
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Iran to Train Afghan Security Forces? Diana West Thursday, July 19, 2012 2:29 AM
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According to the Pakistan News Service and Tehran Times,...
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US-Turkey-Chaired Counterterrorism Forum Dumps Israel Diana West Friday, July 13, 2012 8:11 AM
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Hillary and Erdogan, together, in Istambul: Today, the CT Forum; tomorrow, the umma!

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This week's column:

The Washington Free Beacon reported this week on the continuing omission of Israel from a U.S.-sponsored organization called the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF). At a recent forum meeting in Spain, Maria Otero, U.S. undersecretary of state for civilian security, democracy and human rights, delivered a speech titled "Victims of Terrorism," but, in her roll call of victims, she didn't mention Israel. The conference at which she spoke was described as a "high-level conference on the victims of terrorism," but Israel wasn't a participant.

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Dependence or Independence: Election 2012 Diana West Friday, July 06, 2012 1:12 PM
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This week's syndicated column:

After nearly four days without power following the freak storm that left millions in the mid-Atlantic states in the dark, one thing I could do when the electricity came back on was try to figure out who coined the...
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Out of Order Diana West Monday, July 02, 2012 10:27 AM
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Not all that long after the Supremes decimated sovereignty and self-government with knockout-blow-rulings on Arizona and Obamacare, and the State Department issued a visa to a member of Egypt's Islamic Group, a massive storm knocked out the power and phones...
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Taliban Triumphs ... over a Hotel Diana West Sunday, June 24, 2012 12:41 PM
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Honesty: Another Casualty of Afghanistan Diana West Sunday, June 24, 2012 5:49 AM
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Help SFC Walter Taylor Diana West Friday, June 15, 2012 6:01 AM
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One day, we may look back on the criminal charges the Army has brought against SFC Walter Taylor as the very worst abuse of prosecutorial...
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Karzai: Do What I Say or I'll Have a Fit Diana West Monday, April 30, 2012 7:27 AM
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Military Taking Away Our Soldiers' Right to Self-Defense Diana West Saturday, April 28, 2012 12:36 PM
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This week's syndicated column:

To keep former Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna behind bars until 2024...
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General Dempsey, Scrubbing Jihad & More "Additional Risk" Diana West Thursday, April 26, 2012 3:44 PM
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While Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey is busy, busy, busy ensuring that jihad, the enemy threat doctrine,...
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Dear Future President (I Hope) Romney: Please End the Afghanistan Scandal Diana West Thursday, April 05, 2012 4:59 AM
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AP photo: Wounded American soldiers, dazed, hurt, unassisted, moments after a suicide bomber detonated in a park in Maimanah, Faryab Province, April 4, 2012.

American soldiers should not be dying for COIN's parks and bazaars in Afghanistan.

On...
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Uncle $ucker, Karzai & His Capos Diana West Tuesday, April 03, 2012 4:56 AM
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Would this man lie?

No -- better question: How will we feel if/when we find out we wasted all that blood and treasure standing up a Hezb-i-Islami government in Afghanistan?

From The Wall Street Journal :

American officials are pressing...
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Gen.Dempsey's "Additional Risk" Diana West Wednesday, March 28, 2012 4:34 PM
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US Army Sgt. William R. Wilson III with his mother Kim. Sgt. Wilson was gunned down on Monday, March 26, 2012, by...
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The War on Civilian Casualties, Cont'd. Diana West Tuesday, March 13, 2012 11:41 AM
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I first posted this heart-warming April 1945 photograph of Canadian-liberated Zwolle, Netherlands last year. I'm posting it again because the...
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Pentagon Exalts Koran Over Constitution Diana West Saturday, March 10, 2012 3:50 AM
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Conclusion? No, it's the end.

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Almost exactly one year ago, I...
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Sacrificing Marines for the "Greater Good"? Diana West Friday, March 09, 2012 5:54 AM
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This week's syndicated column:

This week, a bombshell wrapped in an SOS landed on the desk of the inspector general at the Pentagon.

The SOS was a legal complaint from attorney Mark L. Waple. It called for an investigation into whether the Marine Corps was attempting to drive Waple's client, Marine Corps Maj. Fred C. Galvin, from the service through what is known as a "board of inquiry" in retribution for Galvin's legally protected communications with Congress regarding an incident last year in Afghanistan. Such a reprisal, Waple charges, would violate the Military Whistleblower Protection Act.

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Syria's "Rebels": Oh, No -- Not Again Diana West Thursday, March 08, 2012 9:10 AM
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Up the Syrian rebels?

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Heard about caliphate flags over Syria, latest Arab Springlet to fever the...
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In Jihad We Trust Diana West Saturday, March 03, 2012 6:14 AM
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The AP reports:

A trend of Afghan treachery that has taken the lives of six American troops over the past week is poisoning a key ingredient in the international coalition's formula for winding down the decade-long war: trust.

Not just "a"...
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Jihad by Aggrievement, Submission by Apology Diana West Friday, March 02, 2012 2:04 AM
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Jan Kubis (L), the U.N. dhimmi of 2012, is not to be confused with Jan Kubis (R), the resistance fighter who helped assassinate SS Obengruppenfuhrer Reinhard Heydrich.in 1942.

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I'll Be On... Diana West Tuesday, February 21, 2012 6:03 PM
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Announcing: "A Summons to Perdition" by John L. Work Diana West Monday, February 20, 2012 3:06 AM
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C-SPAN "Q & A" Follow-Up Diana West Monday, January 23, 2012 10:55 AM
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I've received kind feedback on last night's interview with Brian...
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The New "Twinkie Defense" Diana West Monday, January 23, 2012 7:21 AM
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Flash:

KABUL: An Afghan soldier who shot dead four French troops says he did it because of a recent video showing US Marines urinating on the dead bodies of Taliban insurgents, security sources say.

The attack on the soldiers, who were unarmed, happened last week at a base in eastern Afghanistan and left 15 other French troops wounded, eight of them seriously.

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Uncle Sam Hides the Truth about Kajaki? Diana West Saturday, January 21, 2012 3:25 AM
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AP photo and caption: "An Afghan man stands at the scene of Wednesday's suicide attack in Kajaki, Helmand province south of Kabul, Afghanistan,...
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Get Set for a Wallow Diana West Thursday, January 12, 2012 3:34 AM
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Granted, it's not civil, acceptable, palace etiquette or, more important, US military doctrine to urinate on battle-killed enemy fighters -- in this case,...
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Operation Enduring and Unexamined Dementia, Cont'd (Corrected, 1/19/12) Diana West Monday, January 09, 2012 6:16 AM
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US Army and Afghan Army play volleyball in southwestern Kandahar in 2011. On Sunday, a similar match in Zabul province turned deadly when an Afghan Army member shot and killed one American, wounding three.

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To Win, GOP Candidates Must Confront Wars and Bush Diana West Friday, January 06, 2012 6:51 AM
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On Dec. 31, 2011, Iraq’s Nouri al-Maliki declared a national holiday to celebrate the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. Funny way to say “thank you” for all the blood and treasure, no?

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From the Vault 5: Looking Back on Iraq Diana West Wednesday, January 04, 2012 12:23 PM
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This journal entry is less than a year old, but I think it documents the scant essence of what is considered arguable about Iraq to this day: logistics and tactics -- anything but the doomsday flaw, the false, ideological premise that the US...
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The Rich Fantasy World of the Iraq War Hawks Diana West Friday, December 16, 2011 11:37 AM
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This week's column:

I wish I could find the perfect label for the depths of denial and the heights of delusion manifested in Frederick and Kimberly Kagan's latest declarations on Iraq, published this week in The Washington Post as "opinion."

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The View from the Tower Diana West Monday, December 12, 2011 5:28 AM
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If I were a psychiatrist I could find the perfect label for the depths of denial or the heights of delusion that manifest themselves in Frederick and Kimberly Kagan's latest declarations on Iraq published in the Washington Post as "opinion." "Fantasy" is...
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On Secure Freedom Radio with Frank Gaffney Diana West Tuesday, December 06, 2011 10:24 AM
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Had a chance to speak with Frank Gaffney on Secure Freedom Radio yesterday about Afghanistan, what they're calling the New Silk Road,...
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It May Not Be "Formal Doctrine," But the Marine Corps Is Teaching Islamic Law Diana West Thursday, December 01, 2011 12:28 PM
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"Hey Jack, which way to Mecca?"

Peter Arno, The New Yorker, 1938

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Uncle Sam Wants You ... to Know Which Way to Mecca Diana West Friday, November 04, 2011 6:24 AM
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This week's syndicated column:

Uncle Sam is getting a little weird. Make that a lot weird. Having dumped hundreds of billions of dollars into a sinkhole called Afghanistan – populated by misogynistic, pederastic, tribalistic and religiously supremacist...
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US Marines: No Spitting Toward Mecca Diana West Tuesday, October 25, 2011 1:47 AM
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Gen. David Petraeus, Col. David Furness, and Shafiq Mubarak (far right). Mubarak served as Furness's "right hand" during a recent deployment. "I can't do anything without him," Furness said.

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First Amendment, Schmirst Amendment Diana West Friday, October 21, 2011 8:34 AM
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Sahar Aziz  just knows the clever Obama Justice Department's civil rights attorneys can come up with a way to redefine criticism of Islam as racial discrimination. Assistant Attorney General for civil rights Thomas Perez has "some very concrete thoughts" on...
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Flash: Embassy Killer Wasn't Just Any "Afghan Worker" (Corrected, 1/19/12) Diana West Friday, September 30, 2011 5:23 AM
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Most of the headlines about the Afghan who shot and killed American plumber Jay Henigan inside the the super-secure US embassy complex in Kabul on September 25 describe the shooter as an "Afghan worker"...
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Pakistan's Jihad Against the USA Diana West Wednesday, September 28, 2011 3:03 AM
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Remember when "Operation Infinite Justice" -- the post-9/11 US military build-up -- was quickly  changed  to "Operation Enduring Freedom" because Islam believes only Allah dispenses "infinite justice"?

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Arming (Against) Our "Allies" (Corrected, 1/19/12) Diana West Sunday, September 25, 2011 4:48 AM
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Five British soldiers shot and killed by a 'rogue' Afghan policeman in Helmand province in November 2009....
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Gertz: "Jihadists Plot to Take Over Libya" Diana West Monday, September 05, 2011 10:26 AM
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The Washington Times' Bill Gertz reports...
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Taliban Use COP Margah for Target Practice; What Do We Use It For? Diana West Friday, August 19, 2011 3:49 AM
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GOP field: What do they think about COP Margah?

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On the Afghan border...
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Is COP Margah Another COP Keating Waiting to Happen? Diana West Monday, August 15, 2011 5:47 AM
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Gen. Petraeus bestowing medals at COP Margah on the Afghan border with Pakistan in October 2010

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Command Outpost (COP) Margah didn't make "the news" back in October 2010 when there was an attack by hundreds of jihadists "armed to the teeth...
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Do "Nanawate" and Special Ops Command Go Together? Diana West Wednesday, August 10, 2011 6:19 AM
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Times of London photo: Admiral William McRaven on Nanawate Day, 2010

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From the St Pete Times:

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The Petraeus in the Room Diana West Monday, August 08, 2011 6:57 AM
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The Afghanistan blame game begins with Time...
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The Only Murder Here Was of Justice Diana West Friday, August 05, 2011 2:49 AM
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This week's syndicated column:

They are the forgotten warriors of the Iraq War, the men whose lives and families and careers blew up in "murder" charges on a vicious battlefield, the pieces coming down in Fort Leavenworth's military prison where the...
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If Sgt. Rayner Was "Unlawfully Killed," Who Will Stand Accused? Diana West Tuesday, July 19, 2011 4:42 AM
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Sgt. Peter Rayner, age 34: "Unlawfully killed" in Afghanistan, says British coroner. By COIN, I would add.

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I don't quite understand the British system of inquiry into death on the battlefield, but I greatly admire these efforts to explain...
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From Hacking to Helmand Diana West Monday, July 18, 2011 6:02 AM
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The rapid and dramatic...
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Petraeus Always Gets a Pass Diana West Saturday, July 16, 2011 7:01 AM
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ISAF caption: Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta, Afghanistan's National Security Advisor, and General Petraeus discuss the importance of reducing...
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COIN's Fruit Diana West Friday, July 15, 2011 1:29 AM
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Petraeus Watch Diana West Monday, July 11, 2011 5:08 AM
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Gen David Petraeus: "No country has suffered more from Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida than Afghanistan."

That comment from a June interview with Military Times stopped me cold. Partly, it was the pat sweep of the superlative. But it was also the gratuitousness of the flip-side demotion of the American experience and sacrifice. The catastrophic terror attacks of 9/11 on our political and economic centers caused and still cause quite a lot of suffering, and they were just the beginning of a decade-long American crack-up, a self-ignited meltdown of reason and judgment that blinded us to the markers of the classical jihad in progress, causing us to set foundationally flawed policies accordingly, from war (COIN) to energy (dependence) from immigration (unprotected borders) to "outreach" (Muslim Brotherhood penetration). Blinkered, our strategists have spent billions and billions of dollars to send infidel armies to the umma to win "hearts and minds" (impossible) at a cost of thousands of young lives and tens of thousands of wounds, many lifelong, both physical and psychological. These cause quite a lot of suffering, too.

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While the Nation Watched Casey Anthony 24/7 ... Diana West Wednesday, July 06, 2011 4:22 AM
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Ever get the feeling something else just might be happening in our world beside a certain 24/7-cable-covered murder...
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Good Night, Michele Diana West Wednesday, June 22, 2011 10:09 AM
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Believe me, they're celebrating at the Weekly Standard over this "get":

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How's This for an Ultimatum: Get Out, or Else Diana West Friday, June 03, 2011 3:49 AM
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Boy Scouts from Troop 95 (left to right) Zac Wright, 12;, Nathan Peters, 11; and...
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What Are We Waiting For? Diana West Tuesday, May 31, 2011 6:08 AM
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The Washington Post reports:

KABUL--President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday issued an ultimatum to NATO...
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Why Would Anyone Want US Troops to Stay in Iraq? Diana West Monday, May 16, 2011 10:32 AM
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Cutest story of the day comea from Iran's PressTV.

Headline: "Iraq to expand military ties with Iran."

Isn't that cute?

Meanwhile, American officials...
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Congress: How About Some Pentagon Oversight for a Change? Diana West Friday, May 13, 2011 5:09 AM
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The poppy harvest in A-stan is  in; is it time for Thanksgiving? Nah. It's IED-increase-time. As USA Today reports: "Pentagon expexts IED hits...
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Congress and the Afghanistan Scandal Diana West Thursday, May 12, 2011 4:34 AM
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In the small newspapers and TV stations around the country, in what are known as "local interest" stories, the national...
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Time to Impose Sanctions on Iraq? Diana West Tuesday, May 10, 2011 6:14 AM
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Daniel Pipes has an excellent piece today at Big Peace focusing on the Iranization of Iraq -- long, long...
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Will Congress Ever Do Anything About the Afghanistan $candal? Diana West Friday, April 29, 2011 7:04 AM
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This week's syndicated column:

Even before the carnage inside Kabul airport was sorted and identified, before the squads of sober officers were deployed to inform stateside next of kin, and before the caskets were filled, closed, and draped with flags for the final flight home, this much we knew: Another Afghan Muslim "partner" in uniform -- a veteran Air Force pilot -- had opened fire on NATO trainers in a meeting, killing eight U.S. military personnel and an American contractor.

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US Military: Schizophrenia Is the New Normal Diana West Wednesday, April 27, 2011 6:54 AM
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The caption on this EPA photo is: "Afghan Army soldiers secure the military base after a shooting incident." The killer of nine NATO  troops and a contractor was an Afghan Air Corps officer. Is the base secure?

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The carnage inside an operations...
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Three Cups of Snake Oil Diana West Wednesday, April 20, 2011 9:16 AM
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The Three Cups of Tea scandal keeps getting bigger. 

Best-selling writer Jon Krakauer has published his own 75-page expose, Three Cups of Deceit (download here), which includes an account of how he, Krakauer, was taken to the cleaners as a donor...
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A Mickey Finn in "Three Cups of Tea"? Diana West Sunday, April 17, 2011 6:50 AM
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Mullen and Mortenson in happier days

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From the AP, news that 60 Minutes...
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Three's a Crowd Diana West Sunday, April 17, 2011 5:21 AM
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Busy Saturday in A-stan.

To the east, an Afghan Army suicide bomber murdered five NATO  soldiers and five Afghans. The Taliban claimed credit.

Update: All five NATO soldiers were Americans...
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ISAF Policy: Catch-and-Release IED-Bombers Diana West Tuesday, April 12, 2011 1:56 AM
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Recon Marine Cpl. Todd Love (above) got a hero's welcome in his hometown of Acworth, Georgia this week. Love lost both legs and his left arm in an IED explosion in Afghanistan...
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Let Afghanistan Go, 2011 Diana West Friday, April 08, 2011 12:00 PM
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Back in April 2009, I wrote a column, based around an interview with Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely (Ret.), called "Let Afghanistan Go." Almost two years later to the day, here, once more with feeling, is this week's column:

Two more American soldiers...
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Two More US Soldiers Killed by Another "Lone" Afghan "Ally" Diana West Wednesday, April 06, 2011 3:38 AM
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These latest slayings took place inside a compound in the northern Afghan province of Faryab where the soldiers were providing security for a meeting between US trainers and Afghan border police.

I can't find more details, not even the soldiers'...
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ISAF: Bringing Islamic Law ... to US Troops Diana West Wednesday, March 23, 2011 4:05 AM
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I wasn't even looking for this. I just went to the ISAF website to see whether the grossly underreported weekend murders of two American soldiers...
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The Cruel and Unusual Punishment of Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins Diana West Wednesday, February 16, 2011 6:14 AM
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He's in -- on a sentence far longer than any of his now-free co-defendants -- he's out; he's free, gets his life and family back together. Now, as of this week, Sgt. Hutchins is going back to military prison.

Once again, we are long past...
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Missing the Point on Iraq Diana West Wednesday, February 16, 2011 6:06 AM
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Haven't read Rumsfeld's book, but I did read a rebuttal by Dan Senor and Roman Martinez in the Wash Post this week in which they argue over what went wrong in Iraq. Rummy says it was poor planning in a too-long CPA-led aftermath; they say it was Rummy's...
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An Interview with John Bernard Diana West Wednesday, February 09, 2011 5:11 AM
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Today, I am pleased to publish an interview with John Bernard, a retired Marine Corps First Sergeant and combat veteran who, since launching his blog...
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The Afghani$tan $candal, Cont'd Diana West Wednesday, January 26, 2011 2:24 PM
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Outgoing IG Arnold Fields testified today as to why one particular $11.4 billion chunk of nation-building...
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The Show Trial of Lars Hedegaard Diana West Thursday, January 20, 2011 4:16 AM
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Danish justice?

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Lars Hedegaard, the President of the Danish Free Press Society and the International Free Press Society will be tried in Danish court on January 24 for "racism" -- a charge "worthy" of a communist show trial effort to quell dissent. The dissent in this case is speaking out in any form against the dictatorship of the multiculturalists whose goal above all is the subversion of truth and liberty in exchange for stability, for accommodation, for appeasement of  the "peaceful" advance of a new order -- in our time, Islam in the West. Hedegaard, symbolically, stands in its way, and must be punished, literally, to discourage others. What they don't realize is that regardless of the verdict, Hedegaard's example inspires others with his strength. Denmark's judicial charade -- like Holland's and Austria's and others -- only exposes the moral weakness of these states' attempts to undermine the courage and resilience of their best citizens.

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What's Wrong With This Picture? Diana West Monday, January 17, 2011 6:50 AM
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Here are two stories that should be blended into one:

Story 1, from the New York Times:

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Two More Americans Killed by Great Society Abroad Diana West Saturday, January 15, 2011 8:04 AM
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Just as the Great Society didn't work in our own country on our own people, the Great...
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Who Keeps the Faith? Diana West Wednesday, December 29, 2010 3:58 AM
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This year's final column:

I end the year with a question and one last outrage.

The U.N. believes about 1 million Afghans between the ages of 15 and 64 - roughly 8 percent of the population -- are addicted to drugs. The publication Development...
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How Much Is Too Little/Much? Diana West Monday, December 20, 2010 5:02 AM
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In terms of news coverage, the war in Afghanistan is "like a faint heartbeat, accounting for just 4 percent...
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Child Rapists, Pedophiles and "Respect" Diana West Sunday, December 12, 2010 7:34 AM
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Seventy-two percent of "southern Afghan males" believe "foreigners are disrespectful of their religion and culture." Why is that percentage so low?

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Don't know what happened to Ann Marlowe, whose astute comments on Afghanistan, as noted in...
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Progress: GOP Congressman Calls for "Course Correction" in Afghanistan Diana West Wednesday, December 08, 2010 4:09 AM
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Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) published an op-ed in the Denver Post this week, arguing that the US needs to scale backs its...
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The Afghanistan Scandal, Cont'd: ANA Recruits Require "Backing of Village Elders" Diana West Tuesday, December 07, 2010 3:48 AM
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On Dec. 3, Maj. Gen. John Campbell, commanding general of the...
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Meanwhile, Back in Iraq ... Diana West Monday, December 06, 2010 2:47 AM
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The State Department has a new job: Clear, hold and build -- inside the Baghdad Embassy complex.

The next time someone tells you about the lasting victory in Iraq George W. Bush, COIN, and Gen. Petraeus secured, could you please pull out the following...
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The Afghanistan Scandal, Updated Diana West Sunday, December 05, 2010 8:45 AM
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Caption from the Lewiston (ME) Sun-Journal: Chelsea McLain, 20, of Ridge Road in Peru, holds the last family photograph...
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Kill the Messenger, They Say; But What about the Message? Diana West Friday, December 03, 2010 2:58 AM
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This week's syndicated column:

I am still working out why I watch the high dudgeon sparked by Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks...
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Sangin: Epicenter of US Government Dementia Diana West Thursday, December 02, 2010 7:42 PM
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What an odd headline the AP chose today: "In Afghan cauldron, realism can trump rulebook." Should be more like: "In Afghan cauldron, insanity can and does trump reality." 

The insanity is the US COIN reality. Having lost the battle for hearts...
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Afghan "Policeman" Kills Six US Troops Diana West Monday, November 29, 2010 5:26 PM
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I wish Julian Assange would Wikileak...
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Another US Marine Betrayed by Utopian Mission(aries) Diana West Saturday, November 20, 2010 5:36 AM
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Marine Sgt. Michael Brattole (above) has been evacuated from Afghanistan to be treated in a US military hospital for extensive wounds...
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Sgt. 1st Class Lance Herman Vogeler, RIP Diana West Tuesday, October 05, 2010 3:52 AM
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From the Washington Post...
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JCC Mullen: "Trust" Is All You Need Diana West Sunday, October 03, 2010 4:39 PM
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In January 2009. Adm. Mike Mullen -- he who failed to present and then sabotaged a non-COIN Afghan war plan for the POTUS, says Woodward -- wrote that our problem in Afghanistan (after seven years of American sacifice to ward off Taliban depredations against "the people") is that the US hadn't yet won Afghan trust.

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"Thank You" for What? Updated Diana West Tuesday, August 31, 2010 4:31 AM
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I ask the question without tricks up my sleeve or gimicks of any sort. Conservatives are urging Obama to thank George W. Bush for his Iraq disaster...
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Eyeless in A-Stan Diana West Friday, August 06, 2010 3:18 AM
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This week's column:

"Live our values," Gen. David Petraeus wrote recently to troops in Afghanistan. "This is what distinguishes us from our enemies."

Unfortunately, this is also what distinguishes us from many of our "friends." This culture-chasm...
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Desperately Seeking a Wedge in A-Stan Diana West Thursday, July 22, 2010 2:58 AM
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From the Wall Street Journal:

"Petraeus Sharpens Afghan Strategy"

WASHINGTON—Gen. David Petraeus plans to ramp up the U.S. military's troop-intensive strategy in Afghanistan, according to some senior military officials, who have concluded...
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Overdue GOP Reckoning Diana West Tuesday, July 20, 2010 2:17 AM
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Ann Marlowe of the Hudson Institute considers "the war over the war" among Republicans sparked by Michael Steele, arguing we're due for a belated "reckoning" on controversial if prevailing counterinsurgency policy. She also cites recent comments by Newt Gingrich on the cultural disjunction between us and Afghans that is at the flawed heart of the matter.

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Perry Mason Goes to Afghanistan Diana West Monday, July 19, 2010 11:04 AM
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For actual years now, I've been writing that the foundational fallacy of COIN, whether in Iraq or Afghanistan, is that success depends not on what American forces do, but on how alien peoples react to what American forces have done.

In Iraq, that translated...
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Steele's Trap and Petraeus' "Human Terrain" Diana West Friday, July 09, 2010 2:30 AM
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This week's syndicated column:

I've sworn off predictions, having guessed wrong that a deeply apologetic Gen. Stanley McChrystal would keep his Afghanistan command. But what about GOP chairman Michael Steele? So far, at least as I write, he is...
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Petraeus Flashback: Shying Away from Hearts and Minds Diana West Wednesday, July 07, 2010 9:19 AM
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Ruth King of Ruthfully Yours sent around this Washington Times piece by Rowan Scarborough that notes the apparent irony that "in less than three years, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus has risen from the brunt of ridicule by Democrats to President Obama's...
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Updated: GOP Cracking? Diana West Saturday, July 03, 2010 11:50 AM
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RNC Chairman Michael Steele's comments on Afghanistan -- Afghanistan is a war of Obama's choosing, and if Obama is a student of histroy (who said?), he should know that you don't engage in a land war in Afghanistan -- have triggered calls for his resignation...
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Prediction: Updated Diana West Wednesday, June 23, 2010 4:45 AM
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Just for grins -- grim grins, because none of this is fun -- here's my prediction: McChrystal...
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Fire McChrystal? Updated Diana West Tuesday, June 22, 2010 3:59 AM
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Politico reports that Gen. Stanley McChrystal has been "summoned" to Washington from Kabul over "biting and unflattering remarks" he and his staff...
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The Pathology of Media Denial Diana West Friday, June 11, 2010 3:04 AM
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This week's column (way below) examines the continuing, increasingly dangerous failures of the media to cover Barack Hussein Obama as...
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"The Taliban Are Supposed to Be the Bad Guys. So Who Are the Good Guys?" Diana West Wednesday, June 09, 2010 6:21 AM
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From today's Toronto Star:

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NATO: Kandahar Offensive Is Offensive Diana West Wednesday, June 09, 2010 2:37 AM
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AP photo: U.S. marines provide security during a government function to lay the foundations for a government...
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Getting Taken to the Afghan Cleaners Diana West Sunday, June 06, 2010 2:27 AM
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As the New York Times reports in airing another load of dirty US COIN laundry, Matiullah Khan charges $1,200 per NATO supply truck to travel 100 miles between Kandahar and Trin Cot without incident. Some toll booth business he's got going there.

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Kandahar Farmer on Taliban: "They Are Our Own People" Diana West Saturday, June 05, 2010 4:08 AM
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Contemplating the military objective of Kandahar, John Bernard has written an excellent essay at Let Them Fight pointing out, one more time, the mote in our leaders' eye, Islam, which no amount of COIN snake-oil can heal. He writes:

Again; there...
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Memorial Diana West Thursday, May 27, 2010 3:10 AM
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It so happens I recently received a copy of Betrayed from author Joseph D. Douglass, Jr, a national security scholar and consultant...
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Happy Birthday, Michael Behenna Diana West Tuesday, May 18, 2010 4:36 AM
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Photo: Army Ranger 1st Lieutenant Michael Behenna and his family

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Today is Michael Behenna's 27th birthday, which he is marking in military prison. He is there, wrongfully, unjustly, serving a 25 year prison sentence for, in essence, fighting the war in Iraq. Details at Defend Michael, the website his parents have set up on his behalf.

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Lars Vilks: Another Hero-Cartoonist of Our Time Diana West Sunday, May 16, 2010 6:03 AM
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I am late posting video of last week's Islamic assault on Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, which turned his Uppsala University lecture...
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"Big Ideas" in Action: "One Field, One Handshake, One Smile at a Time" Diana West Tuesday, May 11, 2010 1:48 AM
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In Gen. Petraeus' lengthy AEI discourse on military bureacracy last week (discussed here), he didn't much talk about how, exactly,...
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The "Big Ideas" of Gen. Petraeus Diana West Monday, May 10, 2010 6:48 AM
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Last week, Gen. David Petraeus delivered a speech at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) as the recipient of...
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Afghanistan: Stay or Go? Diana West Saturday, May 08, 2010 7:35 AM
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"Development or Die" vs. "Submit or Die": Who Wins? Diana West Thursday, April 15, 2010 7:04 AM
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I really feel for Captain Mark Moretti, above, holding hands with this Pashtun tribal primitive -- men holding...
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Andrew C. McCarthy: "Petraeus's Israel Problem" Diana West Thursday, April 08, 2010 4:18 AM
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Over at National Review Online, Andrew C. McCarthy has written a judiciously authoritative overview of the Petraeus-Israel controversy, which occupied...
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Maj. Gen. Nicholson: We've Got to Re-Evaluate Our Definition of the Word "Enemy" Diana West Sunday, April 04, 2010 4:30 AM
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NYT photo and caption: "Hajji Abdul Zahir, far left, the district governor of Marja, oversees payments by the Marines to Afghans in the region."

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Mullen: No Winning Afghan H&M Until Zero Afghan Casualties Diana West Thursday, April 01, 2010 6:02 AM
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Photo: Infantrymen of the 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade liberating Zwolle, Netherlands, 14 April 1945. Grant, Donald I. (Biblioteques et Archives Canada).

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The Enforcer Diana West Sunday, March 28, 2010 6:58 PM
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In two posts at Commentary magazine's blog Contentions ("I Make No Apology, Ms. West" and "A Rare Praise for Andrew Sullivan"),...
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Response to Max Boot Diana West Friday, March 26, 2010 9:09 AM
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Max Boot, who has taken the lead in defending Gen. Petraeus against the meaning of the general's own Senate testimony, has responded to a lengthy post...
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Gen. Petraeus: Channeling Walt (If Not Mearshimer)? Diana West Thursday, March 18, 2010 7:04 PM
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There is an intensifying debate over how exactly Gen. David Petraeus regards Israel. (I have written about it here, here ...
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"Arab Anger," the Obama Administration & Gen.Petraeus Diana West Thursday, March 18, 2010 2:54 PM
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Updated: Meanwhile, Back in Afghanistan ... Diana West Friday, March 12, 2010 5:42 PM
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Shinwari tribal elders arriving to pick up their US booty, I mean, convene a shura: Quick, Mohmand subtribe or Alisher...
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Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely: How to Stop Defeating Ourselves Diana West Sunday, February 28, 2010 6:53 AM
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MG Paul Vallely has some excellent questions for our civilian and miitary leadership today. He also has some excellent answers -- all of which...
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Avallone: "Flirting with Afghanistan" 1 Diana West Sunday, January 31, 2010 7:01 AM
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As promised, the first installment of "Flirting with Afghanistan: Dispatches from the Frontline." Text, photographs and captions by Paul Avallone.

Written in 2008, this essay presents provocative and thoughtful analysis by someone with the dual credentials...
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The Wilders Trial: Voices from Europe Diana West Tuesday, January 19, 2010 11:33 AM
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In the summer of 2008, as many readers know, I traveled to six European countries to interview politicians dedicated to breaking,...
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Interacting with the Koran Diana West Friday, January 15, 2010 5:38 AM
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Photo: It's Gen. McChrystal's "interaction"...
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Mullen to Front-Line Troops: "Focus on the People of This Country" Diana West Thursday, December 17, 2009 5:24 AM
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Here "the people" are, mainly university students, burning Prez Obama in effigy in Kabul in October. "Focus on the people of this country," Adm Mullen urges his troops. OK. How 'bout if he goes first?

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Questions No One Will Ask General McChrystal Diana West Friday, December 11, 2009 6:22 AM
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Last week, a friend of mine on the Hill invited me to suggest some questions for Gen. McChrystal prior to Tuesday's hearing. His invitation finally prompted this somewhat hasty list here (which prompted this not-to-be-missed Marine vet's list here).

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What Do You Mean 'If We Ever Want to Leave' Afghanistan? Revisited Diana West Wednesday, December 09, 2009 8:21 AM
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It's a deal: Five, 15, 20 years in Afghanistan -- who's counting?

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Withdrawal to start in July 2011?...
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What If We Had Fought the Nazis the Way We Are Fighting the Taliban? Diana West Friday, December 04, 2009 6:10 AM
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In refining and repacking (for size) some of the "How Important Is Marjeh?" material for this week's column, I came to a new definition of "counterinsurgency" (below). It's worth emphasizing how very important our understanding of "counterinsurgency" is. Why, just today, Charles Krauthammer points out that "the 2009 U.S. military [is] the finest counterinsurgency force in history."

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On the Level Diana West Wednesday, November 25, 2009 8:32 AM
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When I first saw this image of the $100 American Eagle Platinum coin  posted at View from the Right, I did think it might turn out to be a hoax, which...
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MB vs. VA via WP Diana West Friday, November 20, 2009 6:03 AM
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This week's column is a case study in...
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Maliki-the-Authoritarian Alert Diana West Wednesday, November 11, 2009 6:14 AM
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"What -- me, authoritarian?"

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Which Muslims Share Hasan's Vision of Islam? Diana West Tuesday, November 10, 2009 1:12 PM
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Al-Azhar University, the "de facto Vatican of Sunni Islam," as Andrew Bostom puts it, where Hasan's Powerpoint presentation on the jihadi...
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From the Archive: Nothing's Changed Diana West Thursday, October 29, 2009 12:13 AM
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One of my most wired-in readers wrote in to say this piece...
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A Tough Nut for McChrystal Diana West Sunday, October 25, 2009 4:30 PM
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Tammany-stan Diana West Thursday, October 22, 2009 3:11 PM
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Let's Make a Deal: Afghans register on Oct. 14 at the first Afghan Business Conference to learn how to bid for military contracts in Helmand Province.

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What Afghan Army? (And What Islam?) Diana West Saturday, October 17, 2009 5:24 AM
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Paul Avallone has drawn my attention to an enlightening...
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Yale President Levin Has a Lot of Gall Diana West Friday, October 16, 2009 10:17 AM
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Happy International Free Press Day Diana West Wednesday, September 30, 2009 6:31 AM
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Four years ago today, a small Danish newspaper named Jyllands-Posten printed a page (above) of cartoons of Islam's prophet Mohammed by twelve Danish artists. In so doing so, the newspaper was breaking multiple Islamic laws. But the newspaper, indeed, the country of Denmark, does not operate according to Islamic laws. This cultural, historical and legal fact was the very point of the publishing exercise.

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Debating Afghanistan Diana West Monday, September 28, 2009 1:02 PM
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Over at Commentary magazine's blog,...
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"The War in Washington" Diana West Monday, September 21, 2009 6:53 PM
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A stock photo of ret. BG Mark Kimmitt, West Point Class of '76

The title of this post was the title of a panel...
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Willful Blindness Diana West Wednesday, September 16, 2009 4:00 PM
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Former Muslim Rifqa Bary...
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Nation-Building, No; Lily Pads, Yes Diana West Monday, September 14, 2009 8:56 AM
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Kagan, Kagan and Dubik is not a law firm, but the by-line of a Washington Post op-ed arguing for more, deeper,...
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Eli, Eli, Akbar, Yale Diana West Thursday, August 20, 2009 3:19 PM
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This week's column...
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"Their Jail Is Islam, and Changing the Warden from One Thug to Another Won't Set Them Free" Diana West Saturday, June 27, 2009 6:48 AM
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Over at Family Security Matters, Ruth King tells it like it is...
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"Who Will Defend Us From Sharia?" Diana West Friday, May 15, 2009 7:21 AM
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This week's column...
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From Regensberg to Aida Diana West Thursday, May 14, 2009 5:57 AM
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In a triumph for  "Palestinianism" -- which Bat Ye'or thumbnails as "a replacement theory whereby Palestine replaces Israel" (her complete definition here) -- Pope Benedict wholly swallowed and regurgitated the PA narrative in his disgracefully contextless lamentation over the separation fence Israel built to keep PA suicide bombers from exploding in Israel's grocery stores, cafes and buses.

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Cheney Misses the Obama (and Bush) Threat Diana West Monday, May 11, 2009 5:55 AM
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Photo: Pretty colors, but almost beside the point

Dick Cheney is speaking out against the policies of the Obama administration,...
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Cracking Islam Diana West Tuesday, April 14, 2009 5:05 AM
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Somehow, this photograph of visitors examining the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum seems like an apt illustration to this PC-code-cracking essay by Israeli scholar...
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What Do You Mean "If We Ever Want to Leave" Afghanistan? Diana West Friday, April 03, 2009 5:36 AM
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This week's column:

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Fighting for "Trust," Losing the War Diana West Friday, February 20, 2009 7:16 AM
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This week's column takes the lesson Admiral Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, says that seven...
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That'll Show Him Diana West Thursday, February 05, 2009 12:55 PM
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The Corner's Marc Thiessen reports:

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About BHO's Al-Arabiya Interview... Diana West Wednesday, January 28, 2009 6:11 AM
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More to come (natch), but here's something to chew on from an exchange...
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Death in the Neighborhood Diana West Thursday, January 08, 2009 11:38 AM
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Blame Game Diana West Monday, December 22, 2008 7:19 AM
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Not being one who likes to split the difference, I approach the outrage on the Right over Sunday's New York Times massive takeout on the complicity of the Bush administration in the subprime mortgage meltdown in an unfamiliar, possibly seasonal spirit of compromise.

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Obama: Looking Out for the Press Diana West Tuesday, December 16, 2008 10:55 AM
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From today's Obama presser:

Q Thank you, Mr. President-elect.

First of all, given the situation here in Illinois, do you favor or oppose a special election to fill your vacancy? And secondly you told us, at your first press conference, after the election, that you were going to take a very hands-off approach to filling that spot.

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Something Is Rotten ... in Hawaii Diana West Saturday, December 13, 2008 8:06 AM
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In the spirit of continuing  inquiry, a friend writes in with some common sense from the Northeast Intelligence Network blog, excerpted below:

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Is Journalistic Curiosity an Oxymoron? Diana West Wednesday, December 10, 2008 7:15 AM
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Last week's mini-revolt notwithstanding, the real story coming out of the Windy City today is not that Gov. Blago, having...
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I'm Afraid It's Up to Us... Diana West Wednesday, October 08, 2008 7:23 AM
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...to do the heavy lifting for John McCain. And we couldn't even begin to try without spin-busting analysis like this from Andy McCarthy. (Don't miss the Obama-Ayers-Edward...
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Yes or No to Islamization? Diana West Sunday, September 14, 2008 12:18 PM
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Photo: Belgian police arresting Filip Dewinter at a 2007 Brussels rally marking the 9/11 attacks on the US and protesting the Islamization of Europe.

On...
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Et Tu, Denmark? Diana West Wednesday, August 13, 2008 6:06 PM
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What does "Sprogbrug og Terrorbekæmpelse" mean in Danish?

"Self-Censorship as Dhimmitude."

Well, that's the loose translation....
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The Surge of Cash Diana West Monday, August 11, 2008 7:01 AM
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Today's Washington Post has unearthed a treasure trove of...
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Daddy, What's a Draft Card? Diana West Tuesday, August 05, 2008 11:32 AM
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Forty-one years after the debut of "Hair,"  New York's  Public Theater has revived--resucitated?--the hippie rock-sical that, as...
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Welcome to the Forbidden Zone Diana West Thursday, July 03, 2008 11:51 AM
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Kathryn Lopez' Q&A with me this week at NRO probes places in The Death of the Grown-Up (the second, culminating half of the book) that the majority of reviewers...
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French Verdict: Brigiite Bardot Must Pay $23K for Speaking Her Mind (and Don't Do It Again) Diana West Wednesday, June 04, 2008 6:42 AM
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Enough pictures of La Bardot as Sex Kitten. Above is a picture of a mosque in Paris, aka The City of Light, where, coincidentally, a court...
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"Relandscaping," Military Style Diana West Friday, May 30, 2008 10:30 AM
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Worldnetdaily.com has the story here about "relandscaping" plans at a US military base in Kosovo that entail removing...
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Codependent Politik Diana West Friday, May 30, 2008 6:51 AM
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Today's Washington Post carries a story, first reported...
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Class of 1968: "Roar Like a Lion, Columbia/We Have Our Finger Up Your A--" Diana West Monday, April 28, 2008 2:55 PM
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Another decade, another retrospective--this one to mark the 40th anniversary of the sacking of Columbia. Of course, the New York Times chronicles...
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Burning the Great American Popular Songbook (Then Singing It) Diana West Thursday, March 06, 2008 10:59 AM
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This reverential review of Patti Smith singing American standards by the NYT's...
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"Monarch" of Peace Diana West Wednesday, November 07, 2007 8:41 AM
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One phrase that always sticks in my craw is "the Saudi monarch." What monarchy is that--the House of Crude? The Kingdom of Jihad? If we called "King" Abdullah "the Saudi oil-igarch" instead of "the Saudi monarch" would we continue to bow and scrape and generally...
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A Conversation with Michelle Malkin (II) Diana West Monday, October 01, 2007 7:33 AM
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The conclusion of my book interview with Michelle Malkin is up at Hot Air. In this segment, we discuss the links between "the death of the grown-up" and the war we have yet to face up to against expansionist Islam, which, even peacefully, is always accompanied...
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