visitors since 4 oct 2008

EFP’s

During our last trip to Zaranj we had one more task to complete before we went home.  The after action report on the ambush of Haji Nematullah, reported they seized three large buckets of Home Made Explosives (HME) and three Explosively Formed Penetrator (EFP) mines.  EFP’s were a big problem in Iraq and their source […]

Sanctuary Denied?

Last week I received and heads up from Mullah John that General Allen and Ambassador Crocker were on 60 Minutes and was able to watch the show on AFN.  The one thing I noticed when watching General Allen was the emotion clearly evident as he discussed the truck bomb has had asked the Pakistani military […]

Free Ranging Balochistan

I’m back in my compound after attending a bunch of ceremonies in Zaranj marking the end of our efforts in Nimroz Province.  When we flew in last week the skies were dark and it rained that night.  The next morning was clear as a bell making for excellent photography and perfect weather for what turned […]

Stuck in Kabul

We are finishing up our projects and preparing to call it a war. This year we have had our biggest success to date; operating in over 20 Provinces, all of them kinetic and getting every project we started finished on schedule and on budget.   I now routinely move in Ghost Team mode throughout the […]

Masters of the Obvious

Well, the day after E2 posted the droid post, a new report by Afghan “experts” was released.   It is a complete crock, which couples blindingly obvious facts to a set of BS recommendations that are so wrong they can easily be dismissed by reasonably intelligent eight year old children (but not our betters in […]

There’s Fire

Fighting season is now on. This year the villains strategy appears to involve deliberate attacks on aid projects and let me tell you something we (the outside the wire aid community) are getting hammered.  In the last week a majority of us have had to deal with murders, intimidation, shootings, IED’s, kidnappings and attacks on […]

Leadership 101

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory is never pleasant to observe, especially when it is  an  American President doing the snatching.  President Obama was  running strong:    1. He just announced The Dream Team taking over the Afghan campaign,    2. He launched a unilateral direct action mission deep into Pakistan to kill bin […]

May Day

The ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)  has taken  an unusual step by issuing a warning to all internationals, alerting of coordinated “spectacular attacks”,   kidnapping of internationals, suicide bombings, and all manner of general mayhem  to  kick off  Sunday, 1 May.  To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time ISAF has ever […]

Rant Time

Last December C.J. Chivers wrote a very classy piece on one of my fellow milbloggers, Joshua Foust, from Registan.net.  C.J. noted that Joshua has softened some of his pointed criticism while growing as a writer.  I see the same thing in his Registan posts and know that I too have tried to tone down my […]

It Takes A Clue

Nothing will sour the morale of combat troops faster then the realization that the commander at the top receives frequent visits from the Good Idea Fairy.   Which is a good start point for explaining why  General Stanley A McChrystal took to the pages of Foreign Policy last week to explain the unexplainable.  The story […]