Archive for June, 2006

The Army is still concepting what the Future Combat System will ultimately

Nonwords, like any other locution, come in and out of style. There was quite a

lot of concepting in 2001 and 2002 — for FCS, for the Multi-Role Armament &

Ammunition System, …

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To the Bush administration

For nominating Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden to replace former congressman Porter Goss as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Hayden is undoubtedly a superb officer and manager, but he suffers from …

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Building an Iraqi Army

"Iraqi Army Will Be Built by End Of the Year," read the headline in today’s New York Times. According to Lt. Gen Martin Dempsey, who runs the training mission in Baghdad, the …

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In this issue

In this issue you will find a “new AFJ.” The new look is designed to confirm the larger change in the magazine’s content that has taken place over recent months. Conceived by …

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Blood borders

How a better Middle East would look

International borders are never completely just. But the degree of injustice they inflict upon those whom frontiers force together or separate makes an enormous difference …

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The Testimony of the ‘Blue Man’

"The man was thrown backward by automatic weapons fire, his eyes blindfolded and his arms tied behind his back, his skull jerked upward at the neck, his fleshless mouth gaping, his two …

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To Zalmay Khalilzad

The indefatigable U.S. ambassador to Iraq — and, lest we forget, previously envoy to Afghanistan — for helping engineer a government of “national unity” in Baghdad and the agreement by which Nuri …

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A busy week in The Long War

It has been, to put it very mildly, a busy week in The Long War; there have been important developments on many fronts. Consider just some of the highlights:

Last Saturday, Canadian …

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What If Not an Amnesty?

The war in Iraq will not, as President Bush has recognized, end with a formal, World-War-II-style, surrender ceremony. (And if U.S. troops withdraw, it will end after we’re gone, when one coalition …

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The Congress Awakes

Almost four years after passing the resolution that gave President Bush approval to go to war in Iraq, the leaders of the legislative branch of government have decided to renew the debate …

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