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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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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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ROE Are Merely Symptom of "Hearts and Minds" Disease Diana West Friday, September 25, 2009 7:01 AM
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Photo: Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard, 21, hours before his death last month in Helmand Province, killed by "hearts and minds" zealotry.

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Exonerate MARSOC's Fox Company Now Diana West Saturday, February 18, 2017 6:40 AM
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It is rare and reviving sight in Washington, DC. to see honor and duty and moral clarity drive a political measure.

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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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Chalabi, Blame and Influence Diana West Friday, November 06, 2015 8:04 AM
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Ahmad Chalabi's death this week brought up bits of Iraq War narrative from the danker reaches of the Washington swamp.   

Was Chalabi...
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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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Whitewashing Communism Plus Whitewashing Islam Equals Curtains for the West Diana West Tuesday, September 30, 2014 8:05 AM
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Thanks to Andrew BostomTundra Tabloids and Vlad Tepes for...
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9/11 the 13th: When Will Uncle Sam Pursue American, Not Islamic Interests? Diana West Thursday, September 11, 2014 3:18 AM
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This week's syndicated column

It’s 9/11 the 13th, and these United States have never been closer to losing the last vestiges of their foundational identity.

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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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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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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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Afghanistan: When Diminishing Returns Hit Rock Bottom Diana West Saturday, October 05, 2013 2:58 AM
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The good news is there are a mere 75 terrorist "operatives" left in all of Afghanistan.

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

Is that the best...
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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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American Betrayal at Family Security Matters by Ruth King Diana West Wednesday, May 29, 2013 8:31 AM
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Ruth King, monthly columnist for Outpost and daily blogger-aggregator...
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Afghanistan's Benghazi: Grieving Families Want Answers Diana West Thursday, May 16, 2013 6:14 PM
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This week's syndicated column

Grief and politics don’t mix. When raw, aching grief and the dirtiest kind of politics meet, a hot volcano of pain and outrage erupts that is unstoppable. But it is necessary. It is the only way things might ever be...
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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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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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Petraeus Betrayed His Country Before He Betrayed His Wife Diana West Thursday, November 15, 2012 5:13 PM
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This week's syndicated column:

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Ignoring Afghanistan Diana West Tuesday, September 04, 2012 2:37 AM
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About Afghanistan. With President Obama shifting rhetorically and Candidate Romney remaining silent or  resorting to platitudes,...
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Panetta Shoots for Islamic Brownie Points Diana West Saturday, August 04, 2012 5:18 AM
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Losing Hearts and Minds -- and Good Riddance Diana West Wednesday, July 25, 2012 12:26 PM
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Germany's DPA reports:



KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Twenty Afghan guards for the NATO-led Australian forces defected to the Taliban after a dispute with the soldiers in southern Afghanistan, police said Wednesday.

"The Australian soldiers beat the Afghan guards after some verbal disputes in a military camp in Charchino district of Uruzgan province," district police chief Wali Dad said.

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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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Taliban Triumphs ... over a Hotel Diana West Sunday, June 24, 2012 12:41 PM
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Help SFC Walter Taylor Diana West Friday, June 15, 2012 6:01 AM
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One day, we may look back on the criminal charges the Army has brought against SFC Walter Taylor as the very worst abuse of prosecutorial...
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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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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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Kajaki: COIN Central Diana West Wednesday, January 25, 2012 6:08 AM
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Click "read more" to see DoD video from Kajaki Sofla bazaar, November 2011. Don't miss the motorcycles whizzing by, a chilling prefiguring of last week's suicide bomb attack.

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Military censorship only goes so...
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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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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 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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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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COIN Colonel: Changing Religious Mindset May Not Be Realistic Goal in A-stan Diana West Monday, November 21, 2011 6:34 AM
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It happened again.  There we were, going from one happy-dappy government account of COIN success in Sangin District at DVIDS  --

With the use of counter insurgency operations, or COIN, the Marines are finding new ways to remove the insurgent...
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What's It All About, Alfie? Diana West Monday, November 21, 2011 3:57 AM
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After 12 visits to Afghanistan in five years, Telegraph defense correspondent Thomas Harding is trying really, really hard to be positive...
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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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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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Uncle Sam Wants You ... to Know Which Way to Mecca Diana West Friday, November 04, 2011 6:24 AM
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This week's syndicated column:

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

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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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Whaddya know but I'm not alone in having...
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Arming (Against) Our "Allies" (Corrected, 1/19/12) Diana West Sunday, September 25, 2011 4:48 AM
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Five British soldiers shot and killed by a 'rogue' Afghan policeman in Helmand province in November 2009....
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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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This week's syndicated column:

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

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At the very end of this story lies the money quote on the thunking bankruptcy, military and political, of the American strategy in Afghanistan. It is the bankruptcy of Petraeus-McChrystal-Bush-Obama-Petraeus...
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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 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 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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How's This for an Ultimatum: Get Out, or Else Diana West Friday, June 03, 2011 3:49 AM
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Boy Scouts from Troop 95 (left to right) Zac Wright, 12;, Nathan Peters, 11; and...
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What Are We Waiting For? Diana West Tuesday, May 31, 2011 6:08 AM
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The Washington Post reports:

KABUL--President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday issued an ultimatum to NATO...
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Ex-Green Beret on 3-Cups Scam: "It's the Pentagon's Groupie, Moon-Eyed Infatuation That Is Angering" Diana West Monday, April 25, 2011 4:03 AM
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Why Did the Pentagon Listen to Greg Mortenson? Diana West Friday, April 22, 2011 3:46 AM
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This (above) is "postcard" from Afghanistan by Paul Avallone, someone who has...
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Time to COIN Another Strategy -- Now Diana West Friday, April 15, 2011 1:01 AM
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This week's syndicated column:

Reading about another catastrophically maimed casualty of the counterinsurgency strategy (COIN) in Afghanistan, I was struck by a biographical note. This young American, now a triple amputee after stepping on an IED...
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Let Afghanistan Go, 2011 Diana West Friday, April 08, 2011 12:00 PM
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Back in April 2009, I wrote a column, based around an interview with Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely (Ret.), called "Let Afghanistan Go." Almost two years later to the day, here, once more with feeling, is this week's column:

Two more American soldiers...
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See Marja on $50,000 a Day Diana West Thursday, March 31, 2011 6:08 PM
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With the lion's share coming from the US, the world put at least $100,000,000 into Marja and environs half a century ago -- snd that worked out so well. After seizing Marja from the Taliban last year,  the US couldn't wait to start throwing money down...
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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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Good Question Diana West Friday, March 04, 2011 1:42 PM
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From the AP:

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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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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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Trading Afghanistan for Our National Interest Diana West Wednesday, February 09, 2011 6:13 AM
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AP photo and caption: Afghans offer prayers over the coffin containing the body of Malam Awal Gul, an Afghan prisoner who died at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay Cuba last week, during his burial ceremony in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday.

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An Interview with John Bernard Diana West Wednesday, February 09, 2011 5:11 AM
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Today, I am pleased to publish an interview with John Bernard, a retired Marine Corps First Sergeant and combat veteran who, since launching his blog...
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The Afghani$tan $candal, Cont'd Diana West Wednesday, January 26, 2011 2:24 PM
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Outgoing IG Arnold Fields testified today as to why one particular $11.4 billion chunk of nation-building...
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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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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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Sangin: Epicenter of US Government Dementia Diana West Thursday, December 02, 2010 7:42 PM
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What an odd headline the AP chose today: "In Afghan cauldron, realism can trump rulebook." Should be more like: "In Afghan cauldron, insanity can and does trump reality." 

The insanity is the US COIN reality. Having lost the battle for hearts...
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Another US Marine Betrayed by Utopian Mission(aries) Diana West Saturday, November 20, 2010 5:36 AM
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Marine Sgt. Michael Brattole (above) has been evacuated from Afghanistan to be treated in a US military hospital for extensive wounds...
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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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The "Theory" in Reel Life Diana West Friday, October 29, 2010 3:12 AM
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Here is a link to a  remarkable video  that was posted by a Guardian reporter back in February 2009. It was shot at a Marine Combat Outpost in Kunar Province -- a remote and tiny installation that probably no longer exists since the US shut down many...
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Sgt. 1st Class Lance Herman Vogeler, RIP Diana West Tuesday, October 05, 2010 3:52 AM
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Gratitude Is Against the (Sharia) Law Diana West Friday, October 01, 2010 10:47 AM
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The Guardian reports on another futile, see-no-Islam idea, courtesy Uncle Sam: buying Pakistani hearts and minds with humanitarian flood relief:

The Chinook helicopters, travelling in pairs, swooped and curled between the lush valley walls of the...
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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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Basic Training as Basic Submission Diana West Sunday, August 22, 2010 6:50 AM
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Winning hearts and minds means losing your own. It involves teaching defenders of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to "respect" an Islamic tribal culture (as advocated by Admiral Mullen and other leaders) that...
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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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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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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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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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"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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"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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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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Maj. Gen. Nicholson: We've Got to Re-Evaluate Our Definition of the Word "Enemy" Diana West Sunday, April 04, 2010 4:30 AM
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NYT photo and caption: "Hajji Abdul Zahir, far left, the district governor of Marja, oversees payments by the Marines to Afghans in the region."

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

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The Enforcer Diana West Sunday, March 28, 2010 6:58 PM
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In two posts at Commentary magazine's blog Contentions ("I Make No Apology, Ms. West" and "A Rare Praise for Andrew Sullivan"),...
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Response to Max Boot Diana West Friday, March 26, 2010 9:09 AM
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Max Boot, who has taken the lead in defending Gen. Petraeus against the meaning of the general's own Senate testimony, has responded to a lengthy post...
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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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"Arab Anger," the Obama Administration & Gen.Petraeus Diana West Thursday, March 18, 2010 2:54 PM
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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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COIN in Action, Cont'd. Diana West Tuesday, February 16, 2010 6:25 AM
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Photo: Afghanistan Marine BG Lawrence "Eat Lots of Goat" Nicholson...
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Battle of Marjah: COIN in Action Diana West Monday, February 15, 2010 7:38 AM
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Via ISAF: Valentine's Day at the Battle of Marjah.

The news from Marjah is increasingly surreal as "counterinsurgency" theory...
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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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Jihad Genius Diana West Thursday, January 14, 2010 8:37 AM
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While Gen. McChrystal leads an army growing to some 100,000 US troops in an increasingly irrelevant corner of Dar al-Islam (to measure"how people feel"), people are feeling just great in Dar al-Harb, Parisian sector -- if they're Muslim. Below is a video shot...
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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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Debating the Surge (2) Diana West Friday, January 08, 2010 7:37 AM
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In response to my three-column series on the Iraq surge, Paul at Powerline posted here, and...
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Canadians Risk All ... for Spark Plugs Diana West Saturday, January 02, 2010 8:12 AM
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Seeing is believing: Hearts and Minds wars are nothing short of insane. You've heard of Full Metal Jacket? Watch Total Strait Jacket (below) and say a prayer for our Canadian friends sharing the front line of madness.



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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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Oh, and One Other Thing, Gen. McChrystal ... Diana West Tuesday, December 08, 2009 4:09 PM
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Tom Stone, a pal and Marine vet (Vietnam), writes in with one more question...
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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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Trucking in Cuckoostan Diana West Monday, November 23, 2009 7:36 AM
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I missed Aram Rostom's expose of what is in effect and in part a giant Pentagon-to-Taliban payola scheme when it came out earlier this month...
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Maliki-the-Authoritarian Alert Diana West Wednesday, November 11, 2009 6:14 AM
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"What -- me, authoritarian?"

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More on the continuing saga of the evolution...
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A Tough Nut for McChrystal Diana West Sunday, October 25, 2009 4:30 PM
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Tammany-stan Diana West Thursday, October 22, 2009 3:11 PM
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Let's Make a Deal: Afghans register on Oct. 14 at the first Afghan Business Conference to learn how to bid for military contracts in Helmand Province.

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Driving Multiculturalism Too Far (Updated) Diana West Thursday, October 22, 2009 11:21 AM
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From USA Today this week:

Highway safety campaigns across the USA increasingly are reflecting the nation's diversity.

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Dispatches from Canada's War in Afghanistan Diana West Monday, October 05, 2009 6:17 PM
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Here (above) we see Canadian General Jonathan...
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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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Gen. McChrystal, Meet Abu Qatada Diana West Sunday, September 27, 2009 7:46 AM
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One overlooked nugget of pure gold from the Afghanistan assessment by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal (what, is he still here?) appears in an article by Walter Pincus in today's Washington Post. Having determined that the failure to win Afghan "hearts...
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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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It isn't Just More Troops That McChrystal Wants Diana West Thursday, September 24, 2009 8:08 AM
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The quick read on Gen. Stanley McChrystal's Afghanistan "assessment"...
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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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UK Inquest: He Died Delivering Goat Diana West Thursday, September 17, 2009 4:24 AM
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Royal Marine Corp. Liam Elms'  "proudest achievement was receiving...
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News from Afghanistan Diana West Wednesday, September 16, 2009 9:12 AM
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Behold Sgt. Tyler A. Juden, 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat...
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The Few. The Hijabbed. The Marines. Diana West Tuesday, September 15, 2009 8:13 AM
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Don't even get me started on the successful assault by cultural Marxists on womanhood  -- and manhood -- and thus our civilization through the long march of women through...
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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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Carbon Footprints and Straitjackets Diana West Saturday, September 12, 2009 6:39 PM
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I have found a new definition of insanity, and it is not in the Journal of Psychiatric Medicine.

It is...
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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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Self-Sacrificial Lambs Diana West Friday, August 07, 2009 6:10 AM
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Today's column is, at root, an expression of horror at the extent to which pandering dhimmitude characterizes our military strategy...
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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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Our Piece of the Pie Diana West Monday, August 03, 2009 4:50 AM
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Time for some arithmetic, folks.

Behold the pie chart, which comes from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). It shows...
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Great (Society) Power Diana West Wednesday, July 22, 2009 7:14 AM
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Been re-reading Peter Braestrup's indispensable Big Story: How the American Press and Television Reported and Interpreted the Crisis...
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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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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"

I've never been a huge...
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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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