Regular Antiwar.com columnist Kelley B. Vlahos discusses her article
Kelley B. Vlahos, featured Antiwar.com columnist and contributing editor for The American Conservative magazine, discusses the periodic, ritualistic exercise of claiming progress in the Afghanistan War, wherein US generals tell bland lies to Congress and nobody asks follow-up questions; the 300,000+ member Afghan army that is always right around the corner from competency; the end of patriotic breast-beating pro-war fervor in the military and government; and why congressional staffers would more ably question the war effort than the stuffed shirt Representatives who just want camera face-time.
This recording is from the KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles broadcast of March 18th.
Kelley B. Vlahos, featured Antiwar.com columnist and contributing editor for The American Conservative magazine, discusses the toxic legacy left by the US in Iraq, particularly in Fallujah and Basra; the numerous and severe birth defects caused by some combination of depleted uranium, water pollution and burn pits; doctors advising women in Fallujah to avoid bearing children, due to the high likelihood of deformities and cancer; and Bush
Featured Antiwar.com columnist Kelley B. Vlahos discusses her article “Julian Assange: Man of the Decade;” why WikiLeaks – inspired by a culture of open source software, free exchange of information, high technology and distrust of authority – is the natural antagonist of a US-led global security state; dossier collections on “suspicious” Americans who have not been charged with, or even suspected of committing, a crime; the “who is a journalist” debate that presumes a press pass is required to exercise First Amendment rights; slow-on-the-uptake Americans who are ever-ready to trade liberty for false security; and why it’s time to stop playing Farmville and get serious about protecting our rapidly-diminishing liberties.
Featured Antiwar.com columnist Kelley B. Vlahos discusses the waning popularity of COIN strategy even among its strongest former proponents, the return of heavy air strikes and conventional warfare tactics in Afghanistan, the limited effectiveness of backroom negotiations with the Taliban due to missing key players, the increasingly difficult search for a face-saving exit strategy from Afghanistan and the liberal interventionist Democrats who dream of exporting freedom and democracy via military might across the world.
Antiwar.com’s Jason Ditz and Kelley B. Vlahos discuss Obama’s substitution of meaningless buzzwords for unpleasant truths in his “Operation Iraqi Freedom is over” speech, the media’s fixation on Iraq’s “cell phone index” to measure progress while ignoring water and electricity shortages, why nobody bothers to mention that Iraqi politics are dominated by Shia fundamentalists and how the Iraqi Army State Department will step up as the Pentagon stands down.
Featured Antiwar.com columnist Kelley B. Vlahos discusses her acceptance of the Andrew Exum challenge: making a case for a non-COIN strategy in Afghanistan, why talk of withdrawal is verboten in the US media and “serious minded” think tanks, the uncertainty of Taliban dominance in a US-free Afghanistan and why Hamid Karzai’s government is doomed no matter what happens.