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You can’t kill a Gurkha. You can only make him mad, which is a bad idea.

Posted by: Phineas on October 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm » 5 Comments

**Posted by Phineas (Image via Wikipedia) You’d think the Taliban would have learned from their last encounter with Her Majesty’s Nepalese soldiers, but, no, there’s always someone who thinks “this time, it will be different.” And that, my friends, is the definition of madness: Acting L/Cpl [Tuljung] Gurung, who serves with the Royal Gurkha Rifles, was […]

 

Taliban behead 17 for the heinous crime of dancing

Posted by: Phineas on August 27, 2012 at 1:01 pm » 3 Comments

**Posted by Phineas And here I thought the judges on “Dancing with the Stars” were harsh: Insurgents beheaded 17 civilians in a Taliban-controlled area of southern Afghanistan, apparently because they attended a dance party that flouted the extreme brand of Islam embraced by the militants, officials said Monday. The killings, in a district where U.S. […]

 

(Video) How Barack Obama is blowing Afghanistan

Posted by: Phineas on July 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm » 1 Comment

**Posted by Phineas Remember how President Obama used to deride the war in Iraq as a “war of choice,” while Afghanistan was the “war of necessity” that the Bush administration had botched and he would do right? Good times, good times. In this episode of Trifecta, PJTV hosts Stephen Greene, Scott Ott, and Bill Whittle […]

 

Afghanistan: a medal for a hero

Posted by: Phineas on April 12, 2012 at 3:06 pm » 6 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Captain Barry Crawford today receives the Air Force Cross, second only to the Medal of Honor, for exceptional bravery under fire in the eastern part of that country. Acting as the forward air controller for a Special Forces detachment on patrol with the Afghan Army, Captain Crawford exposed himself to Taliban fire […]

 

Afghanistan: US soldier murders 16 Afghan civilians?

Posted by: Phineas on March 11, 2012 at 11:15 am » 9 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Horrifying news. An American soldier apparently went nuts in Afghanistan and gunned down 16 civilians in a village. From the BBC via Threat Matrix: The soldier has not been named, but is thought to be a staff sergeant. He is reported to have walked off his base at around 03:00 local time […]

 

The proper way to apologize to President Karzai

Posted by: Phineas on February 25, 2012 at 12:01 pm » 10 Comments

**Posted by Phineas You may have heard of a recent ruckus in Afghanistan after American forces burned some Qurans that prisoners were using to transmit coded messages. (1) In the ensuing demonstration of Muslim maturity and Afghan civility, two Americans were killed. So, President Obama did the proper thing (2) and apologized abjectly and profusely […]

 

Bill Whittle: What we did right in Afghanistan and Iraq, and my qualified disagreement

Posted by: Phineas on September 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm » 2 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Bill Whittle returns with another episode of Afterburner, this time with his own retrospective on the ten years since the attacks of September 11th, 2001. In it, he looks at what has happened since in Afghanistan, Iraq, and America and looks at the things we got right, a needed corrective to the […]

 

Missed opportunities: tapping the Taliban’s lines before 9/11

Posted by: Phineas on August 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm » 1 Comment

**Posted by Phineas Here’s a bombshell from late last week that was lost in all the brouhaha over the debt agreement and S&P’s downgrade of US debt. In the last years of the Clinton administration and the early months of Bush’s, we had a golden chance to tap Afghanistan’s cell-phone networks, probably including their communications […]

 

Kabul hotel attack: a warning for America?

Posted by: Phineas on June 29, 2011 at 1:52 pm » 5 Comments

**Posted by Phineas News broke yesterday of a horrific attack by jihadi terrorists on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul: Kamel Khan, 32, a businessman, was chatting with two friends on the poolside terrace of the hilltop Intercontinental Hotel Tuesday night when he heard a burst of gunfire and looked up. A man carrying a machine […]

 

Getting out of Dodge… er… Kabul

Posted by: Phineas on June 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm » 7 Comments

**Posted by Phineas It was as inevitable as the sun rising in the east: on the heals of President Obama announcing our acquiescence to defeat a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Brave Sir Robins of the NATO governments are rushing for the doors: This morning NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has told reporters today […]