amateur hour

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has had a couple of busy days. First, he blabs that Israel will likely bomb Iran’s nuclear weapons plant by spring. Thanks for blowing the big surprise. Then he rattles a whole bunch of parties by claiming the US plans to end...

afghan hillbillies

Someone, please invent a time machine that yanks these men into the modern world. Hamid (Jethro) Karzai has pardoned a woman who was raped by a family member but then jailed for adultery, a statement from the presidential palace has said, in a case that highlights...

last man standing

Michael Yon has a terrific post from Afghanistan with some great photography. As the Afghan war wears on and politicians, diplomats and generals thrust and parry about an endgame, one thing is clear: The outcome of this war will be decided by the last man standing....

primitives express themselves

Jim Treacher at the Daily Caller quotes the NYT: Stirred up by a trio of angry mullahs who urged them to avenge the burning of a Koran at Florida church [sic], thousands of protesters overran the compound of the United Nations in this northern Afghan city, killing at...

is china arming the taliban?

Chinese advisers are believed to be working with Afghan Taliban groups who are now in combat with NATO forces, prompting concerns that China might become the conduit for shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, improved communications and additional small arms to the...

gimme shelter: the afghans of fremont

Judith Miller in City Journal. The site of the Altamont Speedway, where four died and scores were injured in an infamous 1969 rock concert, isn’t far from Fremont, the largest city in Alameda County, California. But the area has changed dramatically in 40 years. The...