Guest Blogger, Joe Carr- COIN at the Micro level

SHINWARI, Afghanistan — Just as night was approaching a small car went off the road and went down a 130-foot bank. The car rolled multiple times sending three of the four passengers to a local hospital. Though the owner was unharmed, the outlook was grim for the recovery of his car, as in the remote […]

The war between McChrystal and Eikenberry

I have made it very clear on this blog and to many that I have talked to that I never have and never will like Ambassador Karl Eikenberry. I wrote about him here, $5 billion unspent by the Anti-Morale Device as one example. When he was the Commander in Afghanistan (for 3 years) he grossly […]

Does General McChrystal read

I talked about One of the Worst Ideas Ever! the other day on this blog when it was recommended to have a medal or award an existing medal to troops for NOT SHOOTING. In fact in that blog post I pleaded with GEN McChrystal to shoot that idea down. I have a lot of respect […]

One of the worst ideas ever!

You have got to be kidding me? Promising awards to soldiers for “not shooting”! NATO commanders are weighing a new way to reduce civilian casualties in Afghanistan: recognizing troops for “courageous restraint” if they avoid using force that could endanger innocent lives. That is as dumb as what Shinsenki did when he came up with […]

Afghanistan Shell Game?

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog posting ( about the US forces pulling out of Korengal Valley as part of GEN McChrystal’s directive to pull back from small, less-populated areas. I even posted a series of pictures in a second posting that was related to the same topic at Well now it […]