October 20, 2009 |
"This is a solemn moment for this House and our country," Gordon Brown, the British prime minister, said while addressing the House of Commons last week. A hush fell over the room and, according to a parliamentary sketch writer, the members "ceased to fidget, a truly rare thing in the Commons. " Brown then began to read a list of names: the 37 British soldiers who died in Afghanistan over the summer. Just a week before, a parallel scene had unfolded across the Channel: In Paris, a soldier wounded in Afghanistan this summer died at a hospital.
December 19, 2008 |
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A recent increase in Taliban attacks on a crucial NATO transportation route from Pakistan to Afghanistan could imperil efforts to bolster the flagging, seven-year U.S.-led military campaign in Afghanistan, U.S. and Pakistani officials say. Attacks on NATO supply lines have become a regular occurrence in parts of northwestern Pakistan, including the country's inhospitable tribal areas near the Afghan border. In the past two weeks, Taliban fighters have mounted at least six assaults on NATO...
April 11, 2011 |
On a tour of a Tripoli hospital last week, a Libyan government escort showed Western journalists evidence of the "civilian casualties" caused by NATO airstrikes. They weren't fooled — and he knew it. " This is not even human blood! " he cried, disgusted by his own government's pathetic propaganda. The incident made for a few amusing newspaper stories: We Western journalists love to mock the foreign dictators who try to manipulate us. But how often do we notice the more delicate fibs...
December 1, 2011
Simon Gass's Nov. 28 op-ed, "Dividends in Afghanistan," was full of news of "progress" in Afghanistan, but one wonders: progress toward what? Mr. Gass makes no mention of why NATO should engage in a decade-long nation-building exercise in a country that poses no threat to the West. He suggests that "turmoil" might result from our withdrawal and that this would be a threat. But why? His description of an Afghanistan without sufficient order (imposed with NATO troops and money)
February 10, 2008
I have spent a great deal of time in Albania, dealing with military and political leaders there, and I take exception to Bruce P. Jackson's description of the so-called Adriatic-3 countries (Albania, Macedonia and Croatia) as being ready for NATO membership ["At NATO, No Time For Cold Feet," op-ed, Feb. 4]. Although Albania has made exceptional progress on military reform, it still has to reform its economy, judiciary and political process. NATO needs to nurture these three countries so that vital reforms can be accomplished without taxing...
June 15, 2011 |
LONDON — NATO intelligence analysts are turning to Twitter, YouTube and other social media channels to help determine potential targets for Libyan airstrikes — and to assess their success. Officials in NATO member states stress that "open source" intelligence picked up online is being used alongside a wide swath of information channels, ranging from unmanned aerial drones to television news channels. But just as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have been credited with playing an important supporting role in coordinating protest...