God and Man and the Hell of War
‘War is chaotic and gruesome, as well as, on occasions, noble and heroic,” journalist Toby Harnden writes in his book Dead Men Risen: An Epic Story of War and Heroism in Afghanistan. The book is the story of a Welsh …
The $456,000 Afghan Training Center that ‘Disintegrated’ Within Four Months
For those who thought this week couldn’t possibly include yet another infuriating report about money wasted in a well-meaning but poorly implemented project in Afghanistan#…#Ha! There’s always room for another example!
On May 2, 2012, the Regional Contracting Center …
Special IG Report: Afghans Losing Track of U.S-Provided Weapons
The U.S. special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction just released a report revealing that the Afghan military and police forces are doing a poor job of keeping track of the weapons provided to them by the U.S. Department …
The EPA Plays a Kardashian Game While Toxic Smoke Burns in Afghanistan
The Environmental Protection Agency, hard at work, as ever: “Just last night, government officials at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water sent out a tweet confirming they’ve achieved C-list status in the game.”
Let’s face it, “C-list celebrity” is …
We're Building Extra-Flammable Barracks for the Afghan Army
More of our tax dollars at work: The special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction finds that a significant portion of the U.S.-built buildings for the Afghan military are#…#more flammable than international building codes permit.
The inspector general’s …
Two Bergdahl Movies In the Works, And They Both Might Be Good
I don’t subscribe to the belief that Hollywood chooses its war movie subjects strictly for the purpose of demoralizing America and making us look bad. Although you wouldn’t always know from the results, movies are put together largely with the …
Our Military Must Do More to Teach about the True Nature of the Enemy
Late last week the New York Times ran an essay by a Marine infantry officer, Timothy Kudo, based on Mr. Kudo’s experience giving orders to kill men in Afghanistan. He didn’t pull the trigger, but he gave the orders — …
Afghanistan, Land of 157,000 National Police and 300,000 National Police ID Cards
Also in today’s Jolt, more bad news out of Afghanistan, if you haven’t become numb to that already#…#
Afghanistan, Land of 157,000 National Police & 300,000 National Police ID Cards
This morning, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction unveiled its audit of …
$34 Million USDA Program to Grow Soybeans in Afghanistan 'May Not Be Viable'
All of what you are about to read is true; this is not a giant promotional scheme for the book.
The special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction published a review of its inquiry into the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s $34.4 …
America’s Never-Used $2.89 Million Food Processing Facility in Afghanistan
The Pentagon spent $2.89 million to build a food processing facility in Helmand Province in Afghanistan, a project of the Department of Defense’s Task Force for Business and Stability Operations. This morning the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction unveiled …
IG: Afghans Aren't Using U.S.-Provided Transport Planes, Don't Need Another
The independent special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction is warning Pentagon leadership that the Afghan air force doesn’t need all the C-130 transport planes provided by the U.S. in $100 million–plus deal, and is urging the Pentagon to halt …
The Coming 'There's Nothing We Could Have Done' Excuses
Sometimes you can see the administration-defending Washington conventional wisdom forming before your very eyes: “The Iraqi government was always weak and destined to collapse sooner or later. There’s nothing the Obama administration could have done.”
Even if, say, they asked …