Category: Afghanistan

Why aren’t we making fun of our enemies’ attraction to donkeys and goats?

Our Islamist extremist enemies around the world frequently engage in bizarre behavior that we can exploit simply by making fun of them. At issue is the jihadis’ inordinate sexual attraction to donkeys and goats. In addition to little boys. Made public for all the world to see, the behavior could become a real source of pain for the enemy. Pictures...

New book probes sociological tools for military

Just published: An important new book that advances knowledge about socio-cultural knowledge in irregular warfare. It’s the most thorough and reliable study yet about the innovative human terrain teams (HTTs) used in Iraq and Afghanistan. Understanding the human terrain is crucial in the types of wars the US and its allies fought over the past decade, and the concept is...

Catch-and-release: US tactical game with Taliban won’t produce a strategic victory

From the initial reports, it looks like another case of mirror-imaging, in which we think the enemy sees and understands things the same way we do. The Washington Post reports today that the US has been releasing top Taliban leaders to the enemy for years, in exchange for an unenforceable promise to renounce violence. According to the Post, “As the...

Transvestite Taliban: Let’s hold them up for ridicule

At long last, the Afghan military is starting to do something that the US military public affairs wizards haven’t been able to do. It’s heaping public ridicule on the Taliban enemy. There are lots of reasons to make fun of the Taliban – their misogyny grotesquely parallels their pedophilia, bestiality, and physical attraction to the same gender in a phenomenon...

Too tasteless to watch – but we have to understand it

Sometimes truth-tellers are too tasteless to watch, but I really have a gross website to recommend to anyone wanting to see the disconnect between the theory and practice of sharia-compliant Islamic ideology. The site is called DonkeyJihad.com. That’s pretty much all you need to know – apart from the disclaimer that the site is full of tasteless images that are...

Spy hunter says WikiLeaks should be treated as espionage case

(My article reposted from BigPeace.com)  One of the nation’s highest-ranking former spy hunters says that the individuals responsible for the theft and publication of tens of thousands of secret military documents should be prosecuted under federal espionage laws. The Obama Administration is pursuing the disclosure of more than 90,000 secret documents to WikiLeaks.org as merely the mishandling of classified information...

Not getting it in time for Kandahar

It began as a brilliantly executed operation near the Taliban’s main stronghold: the Marine-led campaign to take Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan, earlier this year. Now we’re finding that the operation is bogging down and that the Afghan people aren’t helping us as we had anticipated. Somewhere along the way, the Marines apparently diverged from the playbook. They engaged the population...

Empowering Afghan locals is the key to winning

If we learned anything from the war in Iraq, it’s that big-government solutions will fail when imposed on a tribal society with century-old local power structures that we have usurped. Afghanistan is very different from Iraq, but the turnaround in the latter country came only when the US military sought to restore power to traditional local leaders. Those leaders rapidly...

Listen to this anti-war protester. He has a point. Now he should get back in the fight.

It’s easy to dismiss the Washington Post‘s breathless, over-the-fold, front-page story that a “US official” had resigned in protest of Afghan war policy. The prominently placed headline implied that a senior figure in the Obama administration had quit. In reality, the official was a very low-level operational person on the ground who had been with the State Department for barely...

US retreat from PSYOP helps Taliban gain ‘psychological ground’

At a time when the US military has inexplicably moved away from psychological operations, the Taliban in Afghanistan has been gaining “psychological ground.” “There are periods when an enemy does well and seems better trained and fights harder,” a senior defense official tells Karen DeYoung of the Washington Post. “The number one indicator we have out there now is that...