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20 Jan 2011
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January 4, 2011
The end of the ground war in Afghanistan, already America’s longest, remains years in the future. Even as he assures America that “we are on track to achieve our goals,” President Obama has set 2014 for a complete handover of combat duties to local forces. Three factors have made the conflict so intractable—and two of them are beyond America’s control.
Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post reports today that the U.S. Army’s official history of the tragic battle in Wanat, Afghanistan, places blame upon junior officers. Nine American soldiers were killed in the fight, which took place in July of 2008. General Petraeus ordered an investigation led by two combat-tested generals. Petraeus then issued letters of reprimand to a captain, a lieutenant colonel, and a colonel. Another Army general then rescinded the letters, asserting they would have a chilling effect upon performance in battle.
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Getting into the holiday spirit, Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen has written that the commandant of the Marine Corps “is one step short of being a bigot.” Cohen, who strongly supports homosexuals in the military, insists that the commandant be fired because he held a different view. According to the dictionary, a bigot is “one who is strongly attached to his view of politics and intolerant of those who differ.” That definition fits Cohen, not the commandant of the Marine Corps.
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