Afghanistan Should Inspire Skepticism of Syria

On Sun­day, all Amer­i­can and British com­bat oper­a­tions in Hel­mand province offi­cially ended. It was a long time com­ing, as Hel­mand has long been a thorn in the side of both country’s mil­i­taries: resis­tant to the magic COIN dust, extremely vio­lent, and polit­i­cally unsta­ble. It has been the scene of some of the worst excesses […]

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Interviewed in the L.A. Times

I spoke with The Los Ange­les Times’ Shashank Ben­gali this week about why drone strikes in Afghanistan rose sharply in 2012. “With fewer troops, and even with fewer manned air­craft fly­ing over­head, it’s harder to get tra­di­tional sup­port in com­bat mis­sions,” said Joshua Foust, a Washington-based ana­lyst who has advised the U.S. mil­i­tary in Afghanistan. “Drones […]

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For PBS: Petraeus the Paper Tiger

Lost in the Petraeus affair is a very sim­ple ques­tion: do we want a man who judged his sub­or­di­nates’ intel­lec­tual capac­ity by how well they can hold a six-minute mile on his morn­ing run to lead our pre­mier intel­li­gence agency? It was Petraeus’ lack of intel­lec­tual integrity and incred­i­ble nar­cis­sism that should prompt us to […]

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