visitors since 4 oct 2008

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 […]

Thugs, Mobs And Education

The news this week has been dominated by the Lara Logan story.   Ms. Logan was the subject of   the most popular post in FRI history which can be found here.   Reactions to the news that Lara was subjected to “a brutal and sustained assault and beating” have cost at least one knucklehead […]

Naw Zad

I just did something today which would have been suicidal 10 months ago.   My colleague Little Mac and I, in the company of a Marine tank officer and Naval surface warfare officer (he’s a fires guy by trade) just strolled around the town of Naw Zad with no body armor, no helmets, no riflemen […]

Ride For The Brand

When I first started this blog I used to hammer away on a couple of themes which really bothered me.  The first was Provincial Reconstruction Teams which I maintain are, by design, unable to accomplish their assigned mission. The second theme had to do with the reason we remain in Afghanistan. Our current mission is […]

Shifting Sands

With most of the world’s attention focused unfolding events in the Mideast now is a good time to shed some light on the current ground-truth in Afghanistan.  Sami the Finn is always a good place to start and he provides interesting perspective on the suicide bombing at Kabul’s at  the Finest supermarket this past Friday. […]