Serious Progress

From here in Afghanistan, it is apparent that we finally are making progress. Is it worth it? That’s a separate question. But are we finally making serious progress? Absolutely. We only ...

Petraeus Can

The United States has again called upon Gen. David Petraeus during crisis. There have been other times, the most remarkable being in January 2007, when we were on the cusp ...

Valentine’s Day Weekend, Afghanistan

A crew from the United States Air Force spent Saturday night and Sunday morning airlifting different groups of wounded soldiers from Kandahar to Camp Bastion to Bagram, back to Kandahar, ...

Japanese Aid to Afghanistan

Kathmandu, Nepal – The Japanese are pulling naval assets from the fight in Afghanistan, but they are adding assets in another category. I asked Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (who has ...

Tragedy at Fort Hood

Foremost today is to care for the wounded and the families of those who were lost or wounded. Next week, we must continue to care for those in need, while ...
Politics & Policy

Colors

Some things are not as they seem. Many people, for instance, seem to think Stars & Stripes is a military lapdog, but this is untrue. If Washington had a yearbook, ...

Karzai vs. Progress in Afghanistan

Regarding the Afghan election, which is now headed for a runoff, the good news is that the vast majority of Afghans didn’t vote in the first place and probably are ...

The War in Afghanistan Is Winnable

I respect the work of Dexter Filkins, who wrote this weekend’s New York Times Magazine story “Stanley McChrystal’s Long War.” Filkins is a seasoned war correspondent whose characterizations of Iraq ...

A Helicopter Landing in Afghanistan

I made this photo last night in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The landing zone that can be seen is very dangerous. A few weeks ago, another helicopter was coming into it and ...