visitors since 4 oct 2008

Heading Back to Afghanistan

I am on my last day of leave and heading back to Jalalabad tomorrow.   The time off   has done me much good.   I am writing on the blog and not even angry about anything – usually when I write I am pounding the key board and talking to myself. Actually I am […]

Christian Major

Last February I wrote this post about the Afghan Security Market. I was in Kabul for a month as a favor to a friend when I wrote the post filling in for a guy I had not met before named Christian Major. Christian and I spent two days conducting a turn over before he went […]

A Trip to Gardez and a Visit with the Marines

Gardez is the capitol of Paktya Province which is located in the southeast of Afghanistan. It is one of the provinces which border Pakistan, the terrain and vegetation is almost identical to the high deserts of the American west. Paktya looks similar to Marine Corps training base in 29 Palms California and exactly like the […]

Proof of Concept

I took up the pen last fall out of frustration at seeing our efforts in Afghanistan result in continuous negative trend line. Although I have tried to point out some positives like night platoon ambushes or the admirable performance of other developmental programs run by countries such as Germany and Japan the overall trend of […]