Posts Tagged “COIN”

Guest Blogger, Joe Carr- COIN at the Micro level

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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

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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 Bouhammer.com?

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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!

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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?

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A few weeks ago I wrote a blog posting (http://bouhammer.com/2010/04/us-forces-leave-afghanistans-korengal-valley/) 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 http://bouhammer.com/2010/04/2-12-infantry-leaves-korengal-valley/ Well now it…

US forces leave Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley

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Over at Stars and Stripes they have a story about the famed and bloody Korengal Valley in Afghanistan and how US Forces are now pulling out of there. I am a little confused by GEN McChrystal’s directive on this as the tenants of Counter-Insurgency is the CLEAR, HOLD, BUILD. When you pull out all the…

Quit bailing the boat with a teaspoon

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I get is Gen McChrystal, I really do. I know why you have implemented so many new rule and restrictions as protecting the Afghan people is important and well the enemy is kicking out butt in the Information Operations (IO) campaign. But these little one-off rules that are so micro in nature don’t really do…

Deadliest Month…Again

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It is really getting old to keep typing the same posts every month or two about how a new record has been set about it being the deadliest month. August was really bad, but October has gotten much worse and the month is not even over yet. Of course this should come as no surprise….

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