Omnivore 27/10/09

The "Safe Haven" Myth, John Mueller, The Nation Information Black Hole, Salman Massood, At War/New York Times Combating the Stigma of Psychological Injuries, Thom Shanker, At War/New York Times Bosnia Faltering, Jon Western, Duck of Minerva British Muslim Gangs and the Chemical Jihad, Gretchen Peters, AfPak Channel/Foreign Policy US Is Losing Afghan War on Two … Continue reading Omnivore 27/10/09

The Smartest Man In the Room

I've been a Holbrooke skeptic for years, unimpressed with his public responses to Bosnia-Herzegovina's persistent failure to thrive. He faced years of criticism for the General Framework Agreement for Peace, an imperfect document that may have been the least bad of several possible outcomes of Yugoslavia's disintegration. The GFAP, more colloquially known by the name … Continue reading The Smartest Man In the Room

Ghosts of Vietnam

George Packer's profile of Richard Holbrooke, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, provides some interesting material to chew on. Packer's two main themes are Holbrooke's force of character - he has a large ego and big personality, and overwhelms everything he does with sheer will and determination - and the lessons of Vietnam. Interestingly, Vietnam … Continue reading Ghosts of Vietnam