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US Marine: "The Rules of Engagement Prevent Me From Doing My Job" Diana West Tuesday, February 02, 2010 2:57 AM
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Someday, civilian and military leaders responsible for these rules of engagement, this policy of sacrificing American troops to...
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How Many US Soldiers Has Biden Killed from the White House? Diana West Sunday, September 05, 2021 4:29 AM
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If a bombshell interview doesn't explode in the media, does it make a noise? 

Nope. Not really. We hear it,...
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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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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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A Vietnam Vet Writes on a WaPo Review of "Lone Survivor" Diana West Friday, January 17, 2014 2:21 PM
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All I can say is that it's been...
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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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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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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 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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Military Taking Away Our Soldiers' Right to Self-Defense Diana West Saturday, April 28, 2012 12:36 PM
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To keep former Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna behind bars until 2024...
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Boosting Breivik Diana West Friday, March 16, 2012 4:29 AM
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Received a press release yesterday from the American Islamic Leadership Coalition (AILC) condemning the murders of 16 Afghan civilians by a US Army Staff Seregeant.

Nothing earthshaking there. But in distinguishing between the systemic use of unrelenting...
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How Much Combat Is Too Much for One Human Being? Diana West Thursday, March 15, 2012 9:19 AM
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Lawyer James Culp with his client Pfc. David Lawrence, May 25, 2011

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I got to know James Culp, a lawyer who specializes in military defense...
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Incoming ... from Ourselves Diana West Friday, January 13, 2012 5:27 AM
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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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The Only Murder Here Was of Justice Diana West Friday, August 05, 2011 2:49 AM
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They are the forgotten warriors of the Iraq War, the men whose lives and families and careers blew up in "murder" charges on a vicious battlefield, the pieces coming down in Fort Leavenworth's military prison where the...
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If Sgt. Rayner Was "Unlawfully Killed," Who Will Stand Accused? Diana West Tuesday, July 19, 2011 4:42 AM
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Sgt. Peter Rayner, age 34: "Unlawfully killed" in Afghanistan, says British coroner. By COIN, I would add.

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I don't quite understand the British system of inquiry into death on the battlefield, but I greatly admire these efforts to explain...
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ISAF Policy: Catch-and-Release IED-Bombers Diana West Tuesday, April 12, 2011 1:56 AM
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Recon Marine Cpl. Todd Love (above) got a hero's welcome in his hometown of Acworth, Georgia this week. Love lost both legs and his left arm in an IED explosion in Afghanistan...
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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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Why Are Two Wars Off the National Radar? Diana West Friday, October 22, 2010 2:50 AM
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If, as polls show, war is "off the radar" for midterm voters, it's a non-issue for midterm candidates, too. Iraq and Afghanistan, for example, show up exactly one time apiece in the GOP Pledge to America (on one page...
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Allen West & the Leavenworth Ten Freedom Ride Diana West Friday, September 03, 2010 10:58 AM
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This week's syndicated column:

When President Obama said it was time to turn the page on Iraq, he should have also declared his...
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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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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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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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Happy Birthday, Michael Behenna Diana West Tuesday, May 18, 2010 4:36 AM
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Photo: Army Ranger 1st Lieutenant Michael Behenna and his family

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

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

The news from Marjah is increasingly surreal as "counterinsurgency" theory...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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A Marine Responds Diana West Thursday, September 10, 2009 5:41 AM
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I just received the following letter from a good friend of mine -- a...
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Four More US Troops Killed ... by ROE Diana West Wednesday, September 09, 2009 8:27 AM
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Q: What killed four US troops in Afghanistan yesterday?

A: US rules of engagement. The story is from McClatchey...
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What If...? Diana West Monday, May 25, 2009 11:10 AM
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Had lunch with a Marine officer who has served three...
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Capt. Hill on O'Reilly Tonight Diana West Monday, March 16, 2009 12:33 PM
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I hear that Capt. Roger Hill (photographed above serving as the OIC [Officer in Charge]...
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Calling for Justice for Capt. Roger Hill Diana West Wednesday, February 25, 2009 7:12 AM
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After four years at West Point, nine years of honorable service, including two wars and a Bronze Star for valor, Captain Roger Hill now faces a "less than honorable discharge"...
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Meanwhile, Back in Iraq... Diana West Tuesday, January 13, 2009 6:30 AM
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How's that SOFA...
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An American Travesty Diana West Friday, April 04, 2008 8:41 AM
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I recently received an email from Curtis Carnahan, the father of Sgt. Evan Vela, who, having served his country in Iraq is currently, and wrongly, serving a ten year sentence in prison. Mr. Carnahan asked me to look into his son's case because of the distinct parrallels between his son's wartime dilemma in Iraq and that of the SEAL team in Afghanistan that was immortalized by former SEAL Marcus Luttrell in the best-selling book Lone Survivor.

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