Indefinite Detention Executive Orders We Can Believe In

By: Tuesday December 21, 2010 6:52 pm

In 2007 and 2008, there was a presidential candidate who argued that (non-battlefield) indefinite detention without charge was an affront to American values. In 2009, there was a White House that brushed aside reports it would issue an executive order governing (non-battlefield) indefinite detention without charge. Coming in 2011, there’s a White House that will [...]

Max Boot’s Correct Reading

By: Monday December 20, 2010 2:20 pm

Don’t know if I cosign everything in Boot’s post, but he’s right that Vice President Biden is absolutely misleading when he says that the U.S. will be out of Afghanistan in 2014 come “hell or high water.” That’s simply not what the Lisbon NATO conference agreed to do. And if it is, someone needs to [...]

Playing The (Alarming) Percentages

By: Monday December 20, 2010 1:35 pm

I’m going to take Rep. Peter King entirely at his word. Strip away the pity-party aspects of his op-ed on the coming congressional Muslim hearings and you get this: The great majority of Muslims in our country are hardworking, dedicated Americans. Yet a Pew Poll showed that 15 percent of Muslim Americans between 18 and [...]

The Counterterrorist’s Lament

By: Monday December 20, 2010 9:30 am

I put a warhead/ on a forehead/ in Pakistan But the cargo bombs await me, from San’aa Thanks to my snitch/ I place a GPS fix/ on my border-crossing Hellfiyaaaaah If Pakistan is central/ then I come across as mental/ for my endless Afghan campaign But refocusing on Yemen/ turns the amps up to eleven/ on [...]

The “Stealth Jihad” Approach to Law Enforcement

By: Monday December 20, 2010 8:45 am

To return to Rep. Peter King’s upcoming congressional hearings on American Muslims and law enforcement, the Washington Post reports that consultants to police groups around the country recommend mass demonization: Like Montijo, Walid Shoebat, a onetime Muslim who converted to Christianity, also lectures to local police. He too believes that most Muslims seek to impose [...]

A Northern Soul

By: Monday December 20, 2010 8:18 am

More Taliban attacks in northern Afghanistan. The south gets the attention and the resources, the north and west deteriorate, and the east — the area most centrally important to the stated al-Qaeda-centric objectives of the war — is in a state of drift, as best I can tell. For all the justified and justifiable criticism [...]

Drill, Baby, Drill

By: Sunday December 19, 2010 10:11 pm

South Korea: Not fucking around this time? If you want a longer assessment, wait about two hours and head to Danger Room, but note that the South Korean fire drill scheduled for either Monday or Tuesday on Yeonpyeong island will fire its artillery southwest, i.e., away from the petulant, bellicose north. Newly appointed Defense Minister [...]

Secret Treaties

By: Sunday December 19, 2010 6:08 pm

Who could have predicted this? [Three prominent Republican senators announced they would vote against the treaty. Senators Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Jon Kyl of Arizona, the top two Republican leaders, said on Sunday talk shows that they would oppose it because of concerns about its possible impact on missile defense and other issues. Neither [...]

Equality, Dignity and Respect

By: Saturday December 18, 2010 3:30 pm

65 to 31. The least we owe to the gay men and women in our military who protect us. Today’s vote is the beginning of your long, long, long overdue recognition. On behalf of a grateful nation, we extend this to you, the same as we extend it to everyone serving in the military alongside [...]

Victims of a Night Raid

By: Saturday December 18, 2010 12:59 pm

Time‘s Jason Motlagh has an excellent story about the aftermath of an Afghanistan night raid. Read the whole awful thing, but this stands out: In Loyi Rud, the effects of the night raid appear to have alienated even the local law enforcement officials. Nimatullah, after all, had no prior criminal record, and was well known [...]