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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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See-No-Jihad = Homeland Insecurity Diana West Friday, July 01, 2016 6:01 AM
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Watching Sen. Cruz question DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson about the absence of the word, "jihad," the enemy threat doctrine of our "homeland's"...
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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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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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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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Another Side to Bowe Bergdahl Diana West Tuesday, June 10, 2014 10:40 AM
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Fox News' Megyn Kelly recently interviewed six members of Bowe Bergdahl's platoon. In the first segment, there is a fascinating...
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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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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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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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To the Marines: Let Sgt. Hutchins Go Diana West Saturday, February 01, 2014 8:37 AM
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This week's syndicated column

I can’t believe I’m writing these words: Marine Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III is...
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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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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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Afghan-O-Care: America's New Eternal Entitlement Diana West Wednesday, November 27, 2013 2:53 AM
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I forgot to post my most recent column on the disastrous US-Afghan agreement. Since writing it, the loya jirga has approved the agreement, Hamid Karzai has nixed it, and now the Obama administration is trying to...
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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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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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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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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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Toward a Conservative Foreign Policy Diana West Monday, January 21, 2013 4:37 AM
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Below is the text of a speech I presented to the Maryland Conservative Action Network, January 12, 2013, in Annapolis. It was published yesterday at The American Thinker.

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The Scandal of 2013 Diana West Friday, December 28, 2012 4:42 AM
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This week's syndicated column:

Early in 2012, I opened a column with this question: “Is there a single public official who is examining – who cares about – the murder spree by Afghan security forces against Western troops and security contractors...
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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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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:

Was David Petraeus...
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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...
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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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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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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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Karzai and the Mullahs: Flexing Their Sharia-Compliance Diana West Wednesday, March 07, 2012 2:14 AM
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The articles of the Afghanistan constitution open as follows:

Article One Ch. 1. Art. 1

Afghanistan is an Islamic Republic, independent,...
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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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Incoming ... from Ourselves Diana West Friday, January 13, 2012 5:27 AM
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This week's syndicated column:

Granted, it’s not civil, palace etiquette, or, more important, U.S. military doctrine to urinate on battle-killed enemy fighters – in this case, three dead Taliban in Afghanistan. But could we just move on?

That’ll...
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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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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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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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Good Riddance to "Ungrateful Volcanoes" Diana West Sunday, November 27, 2011 5:55 AM
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This (past) week's syndicated column:

The last hot meal to be served at Camp Victory, the largest of 505 military bases once operated by the United States in Iraq, was a Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 20. Cooks served more than 2,000 pounds of turkey...
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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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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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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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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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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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In an April 2011 column,...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Secret of Taliban Appeal: "Americans Are Considered To Be Christians and Jews" Diana West Friday, February 18, 2011 4:38 AM
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Kabul's Imam Habibullah: "Let these brothers of monkeys, gorillas and pigs leave this country."

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"With sermons,  Afghan clerics wade into politics," reads the jump-page headline on this excellent reporting through...
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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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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 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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Col. Macgregor: No Existential Threat to US in A-stan; So Why Are We Propping Up a Narco-State? Diana West Tuesday, January 04, 2011 9:20 AM
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From decorated combat veteran  Col. Douglas Macgregor (ret.), an excellent column in The Washington Times:

American forces invaded Afghanistan more than nine years ago, and we still don't know whom we're fighting. It's hard to know who did the better...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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:

Defense...
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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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Finally, Someone's "Skeptical" Diana West Wednesday, February 17, 2010 7:42 AM
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Photo: A U.S. soldier returns fire as others run for cover during a firefight with insurgents in the Badula Qulp area, West of Lashkar Gah in Helmand...
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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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Questions for Pentagon: Why Was There a COP Keating, and Why Was It a "Kill Pit"? Diana West Friday, February 12, 2010 6:13 AM
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Asia Times map via Long War Journal report on post-Keating Taliban rule in Kamdesh.

This week's column is about an age-old story, how Big Fish sacrifice small fry to stay Big Fish. The story the column was triggered by came out last Friday, when the Washington Post reported on military investigations into battles at Wanat, Ganjgal and Kamdesh, all in Afghanistan.

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Air Force Magazine: "Holding Fire Over Afghanistan" Diana West Wednesday, February 03, 2010 3:42 AM
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There is something surreal about today's featured story, an Air Force Magazine...
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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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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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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 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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How Important Is Marjeh? Diana West Wednesday, December 02, 2009 4:33 AM
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Prezident Obama gave his big Afghanistan speech last night, and it was, of course, a mess.

It was rhetorically deceptive -- what with the 9/11 jihad further attributed to "men" from al Qaeda, a "group of extremists who have distorted and defiled Islam, one of the world's great religions" --  and it was symbolically diabolical, what with the lives of those dewy-faced cadets in the audience in the balance. The point of it all? The 44th POTUS ordered up 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan to begin bringing them all home by 2011.

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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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Afghanistan as Laboratory (Updated) Diana West Saturday, October 24, 2009 7:14 PM
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Readers of this site are famliar with John Bernard, the 26-year-veteran of the USMC whose son Lance Corp. Joshua...
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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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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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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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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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Stupidity Explosion Diana West Friday, September 18, 2009 6:27 AM
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Remember when Lenin said capitalists will sell communists the rope they will use to hang us? Well, Mr. Marxist...
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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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Dying for "Weekend Jihadis"? Diana West Friday, September 11, 2009 4:24 PM
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Photo: Afghan government worker Mohammad Gul fights for the Taliban on weekends.

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What I have been calling our war on civilians casualties...
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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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Was "the Surge" a Band-Aid? Diana West Tuesday, August 11, 2009 4:35 AM
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Well, was it? I have always feared that pumping additional troops into Iraq could achieve no more than stop-gap success because the strategic formula of the surge depended on triggering impossible Iraqi reactions to US-created security -- namely, what we took...
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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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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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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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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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The "Club Model" of Terrorism Diana West Monday, August 04, 2008 7:05 AM
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What ho, Jeeves--Al Qaeda is just like the Drones Club!

So say, in effect, a pair of academics the Washington Post saw fit...
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