I promise more variety and cheerfulness in the near future, but I need to get one more Afghanistan post out before the escalation decision is made.
Jon Stewart continues to get more truth out through his graphics than "real" news shows do in their entire programs. Eff'dghanistan is the latest contribution.
The best article by far I have seen is "The decision" by Spencer Ackerman in The National, an United Arab Emirates paper. (h/t Tom Ricks)
President Obama has succeed in getting the "Goldilocks" option to be reduced to sending 34,000 additional soldiers and marines to Afghanistan. Not bad. Not good, either, but considering the hand he was dealt by the neo-con McChrystal report, not bad.
UPDATES: Wow! Ambassador Karl Eikenberry just dropped a bomb on the escalation There is hope! I sense the narrative is switching - but my fingers are still crossed. Colin Powell tells Obama to take his time. Debate Shifts to Afghan Exit Plan. Whoo hoo!
Tom Ricks has a reading list for Afghanistan. One PhD student, Christopher Bleuer, is highlighted twice. A blog, Ghosts of Alexander, and a huge resource site, The Afghanistan Analyst.