Posts tagged ‘afghanistan’

Afghanistan, August 2014

My younger son started high school a couple of weeks ago. He was a year and a half old when this war started. My older son was in preschool at the time. He’s now a senior and will have to register with Selective Service in a couple of months. For them, we really have always…

Afghanistan, July 2014

Afghanistan made the news today, mainly because Major General Harold Greene was killed in an “insider attack” at a training base for Afghan soldiers. General Greene isn’t in this graph, but he’ll appear in the next one, joining nearly 3500 others.

Afghanistan, May 2014

The absurdly slow withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan announced last week was met with even more absurd criticism from the usual gang of idiots. I keep coming back to what a young John Kerry said over 40 years ago: How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a…

Afghanistan, April 2014

I know you’re all angry about the FCC’s recent announcements about net neutrality, but if you have any outrage to spare, I can think of a place to apply it.

Afghanistan, March 2014

You’ve no doubt already heard that there were no US military deaths in Afghanistan in March, the first time that’s happened since January of 2007. Unfortunately, the figures for February were revised upward, so the totals are still higher than they were when I posted them last month. I visited the LBJ Presidential Library a…

Afghanistan, February 2014

The possible withdrawal of all US troops from Afghanistan got a bit of play in the news this past week, but it’s almost certainly more a negotiating tactic than a likelihood. Too bad.

Afghanistan, January 2014

Apart from the usual plot, I want to link to a couple of stories. First, via Kevin Drum, there’s this report from Pew Research, which tracks the changes in US attitudes toward the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. I was struck by the same thing Kevin was: that only 35–40% of Americans now believe the…

Afghanistan, December 2013

Of the American soldiers who died in Afghanistan in December, the youngest was 19 years old. He was just 7 on the morning of the September 11 attacks, and yet somehow his death over 12 years later is connected to them. How have we allowed this?

Afghanistan, November 2013

Big drop in US and coalition casualties this past month. It’d be nice if this trend lasted longer than it did at the beginning of the year.

Afghanistan, October 2013

So we’re now one month into the thirteenth year of this war. As a nation, America seems comfortable with this condition—as if Afghanistan has become just another foreign military base. There are the continuing deaths, of course, but nobody pays attention to them anymore.