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How Petraeus Could Help COIN's Veterans Diana West Friday, March 29, 2013 2:51 AM
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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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Update: Petraeus and Benghazi Diana West Sunday, March 03, 2013 5:12 AM
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Fox News reports that following Senate fury (when?) over a heavily redacted set of White House documents pertaining to the 9/11/12 attack on the US compound in Benghazi, a second set of documents "were delivered to Capitol Hill Thursday night which had...
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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' 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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King on Petraeus Diana West Tuesday, November 20, 2012 2:20 PM
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Below is a CNN transcript of Rep. Peter King's appearance before the press after David Petraeus appeared  before the House Intelligence Committee on November 16. King is clearly struggling with what he has heard from Petraeus: a version of Petraeus' September...
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Why Did Petraeus Lie Again? Diana West Saturday, November 17, 2012 9:18 AM
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As CIA Director, David Petraeus testified before the House Intel Committee in a closed hearing on Benghazi  on September 14.

(Mistake #1: These hearings should have been open.)

A recap from a post of October 20 titled "What Did the CIA Know...
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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:

Was David Petraeus...
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Douglas Macgregor on David Petraeus Diana West Wednesday, November 14, 2012 11:18 AM
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Time magazine:

“Petraeus is a remarkable piece of fiction created and promoted by neocons in government, the media and academia,” argues Douglas Macgregor, a retired and outspoken Army colonel and innovator, known for Breaking the Phalanx,...
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Petraeus of Benghazi Diana West Saturday, November 03, 2012 6:01 AM
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First, the WSJ, now the NYT: CIA Director David Petraeus is feeling a little heat from the spotlight regarding Benghazi. It's an extremely soft-focus spot, however, one that obscures the most important question regarding Petraeus' role in Obama...
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Running Interference for Petraeus? Diana West Sunday, October 21, 2012 4:42 AM
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As the Benghazi storyline clears to a point where CIA Director Petraeus' personal testimony is absolutely required to establish how the White House came to perpetuate a lie for at least two weeks -- namely, that a "spontaneous" but, we now  know, non-existent...
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Benghazi Burns and Petraeus Goes to Princeton? Diana West Friday, October 12, 2012 12:52 AM
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David Petraeus accepting the James Madison Medal at Princeton, 2010

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Two weeks ago, I wondered whether CIA Director Petraeus was politicizing the intelligence after a source told Fox News  on September 27 that three days after the Benghazi...
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CIA Director Petraeus: Politicizing the Intelligence? Updated Diana West Thursday, September 27, 2012 3:09 PM
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The great Robert Conquest, whose work provides one of the windows into my forthcoming book American Betrayal, put it so elegantly:

"Not even high intelligence and a senstive spirit are of any help once the facts of a situation are deduced from a political...
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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 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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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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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 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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Petraeus, Osama bin Laden ... and Elvis Diana West Wednesday, March 09, 2011 3:45 AM
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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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Petraeus Confirmed: The COIN Party Continues Diana West Thursday, July 01, 2010 4:47 AM
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Photo by Paul Avallone

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Petraeus Pledges to Continue McChrystal's "Great Work" Diana West Wednesday, June 30, 2010 11:13 AM
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I'm not kidding with that headline up there, although I can't say I've read one like it anywhere else. But here's what Gen. Petraeus told the Senate Armed Services Committee to earn it yesterday during his confirmation hearing (99-0) when fatal ROEs came up:

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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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Caroline Glick on Gen. Petraeus Diana West Wednesday, April 14, 2010 4:37 AM
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From last weekend, the Jerusalem Post's Caroline Glick speaks to Gen. Petraeus' "Israel problem" at her website:

... I commend to everyone, Andy McCarthy's authoritative and important analysis of Gen. David Petreaus's hostility towards Israel....
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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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Dick Morris on Gen. Petraeus Diana West Wednesday, March 31, 2010 5:36 AM
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In "Obama's Goal: Regime Change (in Israel)," Dick Morris goes...
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Updated: Petraeus "Sets the Record Straight"? Diana West Thursday, March 25, 2010 8:17 AM
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The American Spectator reports that Gen. David Petraeus has "poured cold water" on the controversy caused by reports, later corroborated by testimony he submitted to the US Senate Armed Services Committee, that he views the Israeli-Palestinian conflict...
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Stephen Walt: Channeling Petraeus? Diana West Saturday, March 20, 2010 4:37 PM
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First, it sounded as if Gen. Petraeus were channeling...
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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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David Petraeus: Neoconservative Hero? Diana West Wednesday, March 17, 2010 11:11 AM
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Here's corroboration of the report indicating a distinctly Arabist outlook on the part of  Gen. Petraeus, who seems to view Israel as a root...
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Is Petraeus an Islamic Tool? Part 2 Diana West Monday, March 15, 2010 10:36 AM
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Last June, I noted...
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Is Petraeus an Islamic Tool? Diana West Wednesday, June 10, 2009 2:37 AM
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Photo of Hezbollah: Petraeus thinks they have "justifications"

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The Real Culture War Diana West Thursday, September 13, 2007 6:07 AM
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What was the big story of the week? Gen. Petraeus' testimony? Nope. Another 9/11 come and gone? Nope. The biggest story of the week--in many ways, the age--took place in Brussels, the so-called capital of Europe. There, a small band...
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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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Naturally, Dhimmi Gen. Allen Supports Hillary Diana West Monday, August 01, 2016 9:40 AM
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Watch around Minute 8 to see Allen rationalize Muslim-on-infidel "insider attacks" as resulting from Ramadan fasting, bad weather and "operational tempo."

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Ret. Marine Gen. and former ISAF commander John R. Allen, who spoke for Hillary...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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Is Benghazi an Iranian Secret? Diana West Sunday, August 04, 2013 5:15 AM
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Mark Langfan writing at IsraelNationalNews.com advances a plausible theory that it is not a CIA gun-running pipeline to Al Qaeda that the Obama administration is stonewalling on Benghazi, but rather an Iranian attack on a CIA gun-running pipeline to Al...
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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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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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Meanwhile, Back in Afghanistan and Iraq ... Diana West Thursday, March 07, 2013 2:34 AM
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Waste, fraud and US-taxpayer-abuse.

The final Special Inspector General's Iraq Report (SIGIR) is out this week. Curl up with it and...
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Little Orphan Benghazi Diana West Saturday, February 09, 2013 2:57 AM
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Despite media coverage of the Panetta-Dempsey Benghazi hearing best described as extra-terrestrial -- as in, what planet are these reporters on? -- several new pieces of information are now part of the record. They are not,...
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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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The Most Admired Woman in the World Diana West Thursday, January 03, 2013 7:36 PM
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This week's syndicated column:

Americans, Gallup tells us, admire Hillary Clinton more than any other woman in the world – again. This latest accolade marks the 17th time Gallup has found Clinton to be the Most Admired Woman (MAW?) since she became...
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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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Benghazi White-Out Diana West Wednesday, December 19, 2012 5:55 AM
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The "independent" Benghazi Report has concluded the White House remained in the dark.

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The Benghazi Report is out and it's official: President Obama, SecState Hillary Clinton, CIA Director Petraeus all had nothing to do with the US government response to the attack on the US mission in Benghazi. Indeed, the names Obama, Clinton, Petraeus, Panetta, Rice do not appear anywhere in its 39 pages. DoD -- Panetta? -- however, is singled out for having deployed unarmed drones that, for example, "provided visual surveillance during the evacuation."

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Susan Rice, Distraction: The Real Benghazi Questions Diana West Friday, November 30, 2012 5:22 AM
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This week's syndicated column

It is neither “racist” nor “sexist” to question U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s role in the Benghazi scandal. It is, however, almost entirely beside the point.

Rice wasn’t making life-and-death decisions on Sept. 11, 2012, when the U.S. compound in the Libyan city of Benghazi came under attack; President Obama was. Rice, therefore, is unable to answer the all-important question about what order President Obama issued upon hearing that U.S. diplomats in Benghazi were under fire. She can’t look America in the eye and answer whether the U.S. military was ordered not to rescue Americans fighting for their lives.

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Thanksgiving, Congress and Four-Star Lies Diana West Thursday, November 22, 2012 3:10 AM
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The Incredible, Disappearing Anne Casper Diana West Monday, November 19, 2012 8:38 AM
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This is a photograph of Anne Casper, the new US Consul General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In the photograph, she is beaming about the 25,000th visa presented in Saudi Arabia in 2012 on October 21 (93.7 percent of Saudi visa applicants have been approved this...
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Petraeus Flashback: April 7, 2011 Diana West Wednesday, November 14, 2012 2:12 PM
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Another reason not to be nostalgic

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And Another (Benghazi) Thing: Vote Romney for Love of Country Diana West Monday, November 05, 2012 6:53 AM
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On September 17, Reuters ran a story headlined: "Intel agencies warned U.S. Embassy in Egypt of possible violence."

That's nice. So why didn't "intel agencies" warn the US Embassy in Libya of possible violence, too? Presumably because the "intel...
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The Pentagon Raises More Q's than It A's Diana West Sunday, November 04, 2012 8:01 AM
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Herschel Smith at The Captain's Journal isn't buying the Pentagon's just-baked tale that there simply were no assets available...
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Ex-SEAL's Father: We Need to Find Out Who Gave the Order Not to Save Benghazi Diana West Thursday, October 25, 2012 2:10 AM
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Charles Woods, father of fallen ex-SEAL Tyrone Woods, called in to the Lars Larsen radio show yesterday to express his thoughts about the news that Benghazi...
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Either the CIA Is Lame or the CIA Is a Political Tool Diana West Tuesday, October 23, 2012 2:56 AM
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October 19, 2012: The CIA concludes "Innocence of Muslims" did not cause the terrorist assault in Benghazi

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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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Huma-Examiner Watch Diana West Monday, October 15, 2012 8:45 AM
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Time Warner's Carol Melton and Huma Abedin at the Washington, DC "Argo" party, October...
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Where Is Samantha Power? Diana West Saturday, October 13, 2012 4:13 AM
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Libya's "humanitarian vulcans" Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, Samantha Power (Thrice the brinded cat had mew'd...)

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At her indispensable blog Refugee Resettlement Watch, Ann Corcoran wonders:  "Are they keeping Samantha Power under wraps...
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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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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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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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Dissing Israel: The Ultimate in Dhimmitude Diana West Wednesday, July 11, 2012 5:38 AM
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The Free Beacon reported this week on the continuing omission of Israel from the new Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF). At a recent forum meeting in Spain, Maria Otero, US Under Secretary of State, delivered a speech titled "Victims of Terrorism"...
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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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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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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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Nagl: We Did It First Diana West Sunday, February 26, 2012 6:15 PM
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The Incredible, Shrinking US Embassy in Iraq Diana West Thursday, February 09, 2012 7:46 AM
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Like a postmodern-day ziggurat, the $750 million US Embassy in Iraq stands as a grotesque symbol of Washington hubris, not to mention dumbness. It is now practically approaching white elephant status, according to a New York Times report, but not soon enough....
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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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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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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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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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Since I can't quite get over the latest...
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Would Patton Have Slept Here? Diana West Monday, November 21, 2011 3:30 AM
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As Americans move on out of Iraq, they are figuring out what to take, what to leave behind.

From the New York Times (via Business Standard)

One item staying is General David H Petraeus's bed. For nearly a decade he and all other commanding...
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Shine a Light Down the Iraqi-Afghan Sinkhole Diana West Friday, November 18, 2011 6:43 AM
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Gen. Petraeus ordered up the renovation of a water park in Bagdhad in 2008. It opened to much fanfare in 2009, and was nearly waterless and in ruins by 2011. The loss of $1 million in costs (not including military resources), is just a drop in the bucket.

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Marines Mecca Policy, Clarified? Diana West Wednesday, November 16, 2011 4:49 AM
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The Marines respond to the North County Times...
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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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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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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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Looking Back on the Crystal Ball Diana West Saturday, September 10, 2011 6:06 AM
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During a semi-bi-annual clean-up of my study, I came across an undated scrap of Washington Post on which Brookings' Robert Kagan briefly but thoroughly excoriated George Will for advocating US withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan. It apparently dates...
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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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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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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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Churchill, Lennon and China Diana West Friday, July 01, 2011 3:25 AM
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This week's syndicated column:

In his slim book on Winston Churchill ("Churchill," Penguin, 2010), Paul Johnson reveals the secret of Churchill's strength as a wartime leader: He didn't treat military brass as the Oracle at Delphi and Solomon combined.

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Churchill: The Generals Aren't Always Right Diana West Wednesday, June 29, 2011 7:03 AM
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In his slim book on Churchill, Paul Johnson unearthed a highly instructive quotation to highlight the foundation of some of Churchill's greatest strengths as a wartime leader: He didn't worship, defer to, and otherwise treat military men as the Oracle at Delphi and Solomon combined.

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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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The Missing Part Diana West Wednesday, June 01, 2011 8:22 AM
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AP photo: A Marine carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Lance Cpl. Peter J. Clore Tuesday, May 31, 2011...
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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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Afghan Local Police: Good Idea? Diana West Sunday, May 15, 2011 5:28 AM
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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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Congratulations, Bin Laden's Dead Diana West Monday, May 02, 2011 3:24 AM
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Rejoice.

But.

The turd was killed in a mansion located in a "densely populated" area called Abbottabad, 30 miles outside Islamabad -- not in that dark, wet cave in the North West Territories where, it was often imagined, his only luxury would...
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Marine War College Prof: It's Time for A-stan to Swim on Its Own Diana West Thursday, April 28, 2011 8:13 AM
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Beautiful, downtown Kandahar. Hey, it works, says Jim Lacey, so let's go.

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Of Massacres and Birth Certificates Diana West Thursday, April 28, 2011 3:49 AM
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I sat through darn near two hours of Fox News last night, something I rarely do, and heard not one word about the Kabul Airport Massacre that left nine Americans dead yesterday at the hands of an Afghan Air Corps officer. There was, however, a recurring crawl reporting the incident along with the killer's possible motive -- financial pressures. ABC News, meanwhile, ran a deeply disturbing report that the killer disarmed all of the Americans and Afghans in the room priot to killing the Americans, execution-style. Why? Because, as many in the media would spin it, the killer had had to sell his home recently, which is what his alleged brother claimed.

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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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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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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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David of Afghanistan Diana West Friday, April 08, 2011 4:08 AM
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Gen. David Petraeus, ISAF commander, February 11, 2011...
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Afghan Police-Assassin Hunted Down and Killed Diana West Thursday, April 07, 2011 5:39 AM
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An update from DPA  on this week's murders of two US troops by an Afghan police officer:

Afghan...
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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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Ann Barnhardt: Vox Populi? Let's Hope Diana West Tuesday, April 05, 2011 5:42 AM
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Below, I am posting links to a 2-part video by a gal in Colorado named Ann Barnhardt whom I am most pleased to call a fellow citizen -- as opposed to such fellow citizens as the craven Lindsey Graham, the battle-stressed David Petraeus and the Islamophile...
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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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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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General Fragile and Reversible Diana West Wednesday, March 16, 2011 4:40 AM
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Once upon a time, it was kind of a big deal when Gen. David Petraeus came to town to testify before Congress about "the war." That was when the wars in Iraqistan weren't exactly young, but also hadn't yet execeeded the 100-Year-War, and hadn't stretched...
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"Libya Hawks"??? Diana West Thursday, March 10, 2011 4:46 AM
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Washington has a strange new bird -- the Libya Hawk.

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When in Doubt, Diagram Diana West Wednesday, February 23, 2011 6:57 AM
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Gen. Stanley McChrystal writes...
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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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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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Senate GOP: Standing Behind Obama in A-Stan Diana West Wednesday, January 26, 2011 6:16 AM
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HuffPo reports:

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans stand behind President Barack Obama's strategy in Afghanistan...
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Can We Go Home Now? Diana West Friday, January 14, 2011 5:59 AM
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Last week, I posted Col. Douglas Macgregor's excellent piece entitled "No Existential Threat to US in Afghanistan; So Why Are We Propping Up a Narco-State?" But now I take issue with the premise, ironically speaking. There is indeed an existential threat...
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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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"Reset" for Afghanistan? Don't Hold Your Breath Diana West Monday, December 20, 2010 7:19 AM
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From CNN last...
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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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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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Where's the Blood, Part II: WikiDanger Overstated? Updated Diana West Wednesday, December 01, 2010 6:31 AM
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Twelve noon: I see Bill Clinton has weighed in...
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Bottom Line: Karzai Wants a Rent-a-Cop, Too Diana West Monday, November 15, 2010 5:13 AM
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Much brouhaha over an interview with Afghanistan's Karzai in Sunday's Washington Post in which he called for a reduction in American military activities in A-stan that would essentially gut the Petraeus strategy, such as it is, of running down "extremists,"...
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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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Hail to the Junta? Diana West Friday, October 01, 2010 6:55 AM
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This week's syndicated column:

Bob Woodward's latest publishing event, "Obama's Wars," includes maybe the most significant scoop of his career: Directing not only Obama's wars, but also America's, is a veritable military junta.

I exaggerate --...
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Chilling with Mullahs Diana West Friday, September 24, 2010 4:12 AM
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This week's syndicated column:

Your tax dollars at work:

"In a mock Afghan village on the Quantico...
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Madness at the Top Diana West Wednesday, September 22, 2010 6:24 AM
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Petraeus as quoted by Woodward:

"You have to recognize also that I don't think you win this war. I think you keep fighting. It's...
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The Constitution Trumps Islamic Law Diana West Friday, September 10, 2010 3:57 AM
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This week's syndicated column:

When reading stories about that formerly obscure Florida preacher who wants to mark the ninth anniversary of 9/11 by burning a stack of Qurans, bear in mind that the only law he breaks in doing so is Islamic law. With...
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Quotables Diana West Monday, August 30, 2010 4:58 AM
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"If Iraq is to teach us anything, it must be that a new idea cannot be beat into a society."

Maj. Walt Cooper, Baghdad, 2006 via today's Washington Post.



"General Petraeus, winning the hearts and minds of the Afghans is not the...
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Stoning: A Nightmare Diana West Friday, August 20, 2010 4:07 AM
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Tariq Ramadan holds an MA in Philosophy and French literature and PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Geneva. In Cairo, Egypt he received one-on-one intensive training in classic Islamic scholarship from Al-Azhar University scholars....
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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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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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The Military-Journalistic Complex Diana West Thursday, July 08, 2010 5:24 AM
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The Politico headline on this story -- "Petraeus' emails on Israel leaked" -- is misleading. The story here is "Leaked E-mails Show CENTCOM General and Journalist (Max Boot) Work Damage Control on  Petraeus' Israel Problem."

Background -- lots...
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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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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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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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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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Pakistan's Puppets Diana West Sunday, June 13, 2010 2:51 AM
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The Taliban: The ally of my "ally" (Pakistan) is my ... ?

A bunch of stories today trumpet a new London School of Economics report on Pakistani...
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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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"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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Updated: Medal of Courageous Restraint Diana West Wednesday, May 05, 2010 4:06 AM
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Q & A Time Diana West Thursday, April 22, 2010 8:16 AM
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At Family Security Matters this week, Ruth King of Ruthfully Yours has interviewed me about Petraeus's Israel Problem, the Conservatives'...
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Switzerland as the New Israel Diana West Friday, April 09, 2010 4:02 AM
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How high is Libya's Gaddafi riding? How low are the EU and the US grovelling? And how did Switzerland ever become what I have to describe...
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You Don't Win Hearts & Minds by Losing Your Own Diana West Friday, April 09, 2010 3:26 AM
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Photo: Maj. Jim Gant, proponent of "going native," with the Pashtun tribal chief he dubbed ... "Sitting Bull."...
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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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We Surge But Iran Wins Diana West Friday, April 02, 2010 2:55 AM
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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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"Peace Process" as End-Stage Jihad, Updated Diana West Friday, March 26, 2010 2:47 AM
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This week's syndicated column:

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Stranger Than "24" Diana West Friday, March 19, 2010 11:23 AM
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George Ford writes in:

Your blog on Petraeus makes me wish it's all a "24" episode and I'll grab...
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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

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Kamdesh Was an Intelligence Failure, All Right Diana West Thursday, February 11, 2010 8:14 AM
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Touching down at COP Keating, March 2009

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The battle of Kamdesh on October 3, 2009 is the focus of this week's upcoming column -- specifically, the Pentagon's reported decision to punish mid-level commanders for intelligence failures that preceded the brutal battle that left eight Americans dead. According to an investigation, commanders ignored local intelligence indicating that a large attack against COP Keating was likely andfailed to take appropriate defensive measures.

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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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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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Army Chief of Staff (MacArthur's Old Job) Is Worried About ... Guess What? Diana West Saturday, November 07, 2009 5:41 AM
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I reference MacArthur in the headline because of the famous exchange between MacArthur and FDR after MacArthur, then Army Chief...
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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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US Officials: Let's De-Radicalize Taliban Prisoners Diana West Friday, October 16, 2009 6:37 AM
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Meanwhile, the Guardian reports...
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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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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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Ready, Aim, Fire McChrystal Diana West Friday, September 25, 2009 5:15 AM
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This week's syndicated column:

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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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Evergreen, Alas Diana West Friday, September 04, 2009 12:28 PM
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Looking for an old quotation, I came across this April 2007 column (below).  Change a place name, a proper name (or not), and it could slip right into tomorrow's paper. Unfortunately.

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US War Policy: More "Kung Fu" Than Sun Tzu Diana West Wednesday, August 05, 2009 6:56 AM
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The war in Afganistan, in case you didn't know, in the words of Gen Stanley McChrystal, is "a struggle for the support of the Afghan people."

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Marine Mission in Afghanistan: Drink Tea, Eat Goat, Get to Know the People Diana West Thursday, July 02, 2009 6:44 AM
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Just read a big, frontpage story...
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We're Winning the Wrong War Diana West Friday, May 22, 2009 4:47 AM
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AP Photo: Afghans railing against a January 2009  U.S. strike that killed 15 Taliban...
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Mission Mullen-Kilcullen: Winning "Trust" & Preventing "Accidents" from Happening to "Guerillas" Diana West Wednesday, May 20, 2009 6:46 AM
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AP Photo: Some of the thousands of Afghans who protested an American strike on the Taliban/"civilian casulaties,"...
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Postcards from Europe: Fighting Back Diana West Sunday, December 07, 2008 5:11 PM
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Photo: Lars Hedegaard interviewed by Swedish Radio

As Western obeisance...
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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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A Half-Way-There Notion (Hey, That's What Blogs Are For) Diana West Wednesday, April 09, 2008 7:09 AM
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I've begun reading The Man Who Pushed America to War, a bio of Ahmad Chalabi--former ex-pat-Iraqi star...
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Meanwhile, on the Sunni Side of "the Street"... Diana West Tuesday, April 01, 2008 5:58 AM
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While trying to assess the Sadr-Badr, Shiite-Shiite, Maliki, Moqtada, Baghdad-Qom-Basra machinations of the previous week, let's not forget about the so-called Sons of Iraq--those Sunni former ("former"?) insurgents, many of whom have US blood on their hands--whom...
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42 Percent of Iraqis... Diana West Tuesday, March 18, 2008 8:02 AM
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...believe attacks on "Coalition forces"--i.e., US troops--are "acceptable." (Hat tip Andrew Bostom.)

But look on the "bright side":...
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Gee, Ya Think? Diana West Friday, March 14, 2008 5:40 AM
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The Washington Post reports:

BAGHDAD, March 13 -- Iraqi leaders have failed to take advantage of a reduction in violence to make adequate progress toward resolving their political differences, Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, said Thursday.

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The Surge of 2007 Diana West Thursday, December 27, 2007 9:29 AM
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I agree with my good friend Michelle Malkin that the American infusion of troops into  Iraq, well known as "the surge,"  was The Story of 2007. Certainly not the Virginia Tech massacre, and not the Barry Bonds steroid scandal, as MSM organizations maintain.

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