December 2009

Oh, End It Already

Gentle Readers, I wish you all a best of 2010. Posting will be sparse for a little while but I hope to pick it up in the new year with tons of exciting insight into celebrity lives. yours, sepoy.

More Failures

My friend Atiya Khan has a piece in The Platypus Review, The poverty of Pakistan’s politics (PPP), in which she takes me and Faisal Devji (finally, together!) to task for making "concessions to the Right" by not understanding, or not conceptualizing, or not realizing the "crypto-fascism" of the Taliban. This, accordingly, corresponds to the death [...]

Once More With Feelings

"Yet the Army leadership is refusing to strike at the heart of the Taliban command in Baluchistan Province." declares another editorial from NYT today. If only these Pakistanis would realize - why won't they just realize - that this is their wars, not ours. Think back to March 2009. Then, the Taliban were on a [...]

The Sunday Paradigm

Sundays in Berlin are quiet affairs. The usual shops are all closed - groceries, pharmacies, booksellers, fruit vendors, bike shops, bakeries, discount stores. You get the picture. In some U-bahn stations, in some busy corners, there would be a lone bakery, a hold-out grocer. New Berliners, such as myself, collect these informational nugget, knowing that [...]

The Seth Jones Experience

Seth G. Jones, the author of “In the Graveyard of Empires: America’s War in Afghanistan,” is a civilian adviser to the American military. One of the brains behind President Obama's Afghanistan policy Seth G. Jones, of RAND & McCrystal has a particularly unhinged op-ed in today's NYT: Take the War to Pakistan. The United States [...]

Imran Khan, Considered

In The Review, I have a review of Christopher Sanford's Imran Khan in which I briefly consider the man. Below is what didn't make it into the review - for fairly obvious reasons - but, I thought I'd spin it here. No pun. Much has been written on Imran Khan’s transcendence from the game of [...]

The War Must Go On

The safe havens must be eliminated. The corruption must be stopped. The infrastructures must be built. The people must be free. The allies must stand together. The nuclear arms must remain safe. The bombing must be stopped. The safe haven must be eliminated. 30,000 plus a exit date of June 2011. It's a safe bet [...]

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