Or at least, the strings… Rob Crilly’s got some common-sense tips on how to be a stringer for media outlets – especially relevant in an age of spare budgets and lean news organizations, when the staff foreign correspondents are becoming an increasingly rare breed. Though I take exception to eliminating the middle initial from my professional name. If I didn’t include it, then every time someone googled me they’d come up with this much better known individual…
“Lithuania is currently embroiled in a bizarre and deeply confusing political controversy,” writes Salon‘s Glenn Greenwald, “which reveals what happens when a country becomes gripped by extremist ideologies.” He’s taking a sarcastic swipe at last week’s allegations that the Central Intelligence Agency built and operated one of its secret prisons on the outskirts of Vilnius. Greenwald’s piece isn’t high wit, but it makes for an apt exercise in contrasts: between perceived secularisms and fundamentalisms, and between the Obama promise of change […]
Emma Sky, on working as General Ray Odierno’s advisor in Iraq: “I’m experienced in working in different cultures. The most alien culture I’ve ever worked in is the U.S. military… I was used to working in the humanitarian space, the diplomatic space. I came to Iraq and that space, the military, is all over it.” Read the rest here.
Christopher Coker of the London School of Economics and Political Science (I always want to render the “and Political Science” in parentheticals, for some reason) has an interesting review of two new books in the Times Literary Supplement: Patrick Hennessey’s The Junior Officers’ Reading Club: Killing Time and Fighting Wars and James Fergusson’s A Million Bullets. It’s a short review, but it’s a more accurate, and apt, characterization of the two authors’ subjects (Iraq and Afghanistan) than I’ve read anywhere […]
President Barack Obama is, apparently, less than thrilled at the leaky process surrounding the development of a new AfPak policy (or PakAf or whatever the policymakers decide to eventually rename it). He’s agreed that the leaks are a “firing offense”, and he’s “angrier than Bob Gates about it.” I tried to put some of the shenanigans in context, but Peter Feaver does a much better job when he explains that, justified though Obama’s concerns might be, The longer the review […]