The “Better Comparison”

Interesting verbiage, here. In the discussion of what Washington's reading these days to try to figure out what to do next in Afghanistan, the focus seems to be on institutional lessons learned. While Josh makes a good point on what to read, the more interesting one, I think, is how some comparisons are being described … Continue reading The “Better Comparison”

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

Omnivore 25/09/09

UK Strategy & Defence Policy: Have Your Say, David Betz, Kings of War The Army Wants Your Comments, Robert Haddick, Small Wars Journal A Real Plot and Real CT, Bernard Finel, Crossfire Forces Wardak Farmers Off Land, Habiburahman Ibrahimi, Afghan Recovery Report/IWPR Yet Another "Bribe The Tribes" Pundit, Joshua Foust, Storm Warnings on … Continue reading Omnivore 25/09/09