The Generals’ War

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The Pentagon’s pre-emptive strike came with the leak of Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s confidential review of the Afghan war to Bob Woodward of The Washington Post. McChrystal’s painting of the military picture was grim. “Failure to gain the initiative and reverse insurgent momentum in the near-term (next 12 months)—while Afghan security …

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To Lose a War

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“While America was consumed this summer with quarrels over town-hall radicals, “death panels”, the “public option” and racism’s role in the plunging polls of Barack, what happens to health care is not going to change the history of the world.” What happens in Afghanistan might. Gen. Stanley McChrystal has done …

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Obama at the Rubicon

by Patrick J. Buchanan

If the aphorism holds — the guerrilla wins if he does not lose — the Taliban are winning and America is losing the war in Afghanistan.

Well into the eighth year of war, the Taliban are more numerous than ever, inflicting more casualties than ever, operating in more provinces than ever and controlling more territory than ever. And their tactics are more sophisticated.

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Bush’s Failure in Pakistan and the World

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by Patrick J. Buchanan “Inaction at this moment is suicide for Pakistan, and I cannot allow the country to commit suicide.” Thus did President Gen. Pervez Musharraf declare a state of emergency and invoke martial law. The Supreme Court has been dismissed, the chief justice put under house arrest. A …

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Solving the ‘Stability’ Problem

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During last summer’s Israeli-Hezbollah war, Condi Rice assured us that we were witnessing the "birth pangs of a new Middle East." Condi may be right. But that new Middle East appears to be one in which U.S. influence is visibly waning and America is on the way out. Consider the …

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Diminishing Options: Defeat Possible in Iraq and Afghanistan

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“Whatever mistakes have been made in Iraq, the worst mistake would be to think that if we pulled out, the terrorists would leave us alone. They will not leave us alone. They will follow us. The safety of America depends on the outcome of the battle in the streets of …

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