Down the Rabbit Hole in Afghanistan

The notion that the great American offensive to capture the Afghan outpost of Marjah was more public relations propaganda than military strategy or even effective counter-insurgency first began to impinge itself when U.S. and – to a lesser extent – Afghan officials started talking about it weeks before it was to take place. If it … Continue reading “Down the Rabbit Hole in Afghanistan”

Obama’s Potemkin Afghanistan

In a message to US troops in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates praised the soldiers who fought in the recent Marjah offensive, averring: " “You all have had a very tough time. You came into an area totally controlled by the Taliban. You fought for a critical battle space, you bled for it and now … Continue reading “Obama’s Potemkin Afghanistan”

Fiction of Marjah as City Was US Misinformation

For weeks, the U.S. public followed the biggest offensive of the Afghanistan War against what it was told was a "city of 80,000 people" as well as the logistical hub of the Taliban in that part of Helmand. That idea was a central element in the overall impression built up in February that Marjah was … Continue reading “Fiction of Marjah as City Was US Misinformation”

Marjah Offensive Aimed to Shape US Opinion on War

Senior military officials decided to launch the current U.S.-British military campaign to seize Marjah in large part to influence domestic U.S. opinion on the war in Afghanistan, the Washington Post reported Monday. The Post report, by Greg Jaffe and Craig Whitlock, both of whom cover military affairs, said the town of Marjah would not have … Continue reading “Marjah Offensive Aimed to Shape US Opinion on War”