Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Daily News Snippets (March 3, 2015)

Argument for Enduring Counter-terrorism Mission for Afghanistan. Michael O'Hanlon, an observer of conflict and military affairs, has provided us his perspective on the Obama timetable for a time-based departure of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. O'Hanlon argues that we need to keep a counter-terrorism capability (drones, special operations, helicopters, etc.) located at three key bases in Afghanistan (Kandahar, Bagram, and Jalalabad). Read more in "We still need U.S. bases in Afghanistan", The Washington Post, February 19, 2015.

How is that NUG Working? Aljazeera has published a news article that looks at how the National Unity Government (NUG) in Afghanistan is doing. The article examines the way that Ghani and Abdullah are working together to get things done. It asks the question - "Can two former political foes overcome a bitter election stalemate to combat the country's endemic corruption?". Read the excellent article in Afghanistan's Team of Rivals, February 19, 2015.

President Obama says that combat operations in Afghanistan are over. He should tell that to the Marines! A small element of U.S. Marines are engaged in "operations" helping in the defense of Bagram Air Field. They work alongside the 51st Light Infantry Battalion of the Georgian military as part of the Georgian Liaison Team. Read more in "Marines continue fighting alongside Georgians in Afghanistan", Marine Corps Times, March 1, 2015.

The New York Times provides us with some metrics on how women in Afghanistan have seen considerable improvement in living and work conditions over the past decade and more. The situation for women of Afghanistan is compared with women in the nearby countries of Iran, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Read more in "Narrowing the Gap" (March 1, 2015).

Nathan S. Webster provides us with his thoughts on the new book by Elliot Ackerman entitled Green on Blue. Read "Elliot Ackerman Nails Afghan's Endless War", The Daily Beast, March 2, 2015.

The U.S. Air Force is trying to get rid of the A-10 Warthog but it is meeting resistance among critics who say the replacement  - the F-35 - is wholly inadequate to conduct close air support. Read more in "The Case for the Warthog", National Review, March 2, 2015.

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