Run we did, huffing and puffing under helmets and heavy body armor, a group of over-aged pretend soldiers—actually, just reporters—trying to understand a war that barely seems to exist most of the time. Until all of a sudden it does, rocketing in from nowhere. Michael Hirsh’s latest dispact from Afghanistan. Hirsh is on the ground from May 5 to 11, reporting on the beginning of the end of U.S. presence. Read the coverage here.
We have, I think, pretty clear evidence that the momentum has been reversed, that the surge has accomplished a great deal,” Allen said. “My sound bite is, we’re being successful.
I know that war is ugly and it’s violent,” Panetta said, adding that sometimes young people get “caught up in the moment” and “make some foolish decisions.
National Journal takes a look at some of the shocking incidents over the last decade in which U.S. personnel have been accused of crimes during wartime — and what happened to the charges.
In the light of NYT’s Sunday article, U.S. Sergeant is Said to Kill 16 Afghan Civilians, a look back at accusations against the U.S. military.
The laughter and smirking of the Marines as they urinate on the corpses is also likely to further offend Afghans already disenchanted with the U.S.-led war effort in their country. Yochi Dreazen on how the Video of Urinating Marines Could Be a Defining Image of Afghanistan
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