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A Pair of Allies, Self-Destructing

February 3, 2008

By Jim Hoagland
The Washington Post
February 3, 2008
The presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan fiddle furiously as the fires of terrorist violence burn across their nations.Hamid Karzai and Pervez Musharraf suddenly seem more concerned with protecting their positions and perks than with keeping their countries out of the grasp of extremist Islamic forces.

Rule One of counterinsurgency campaigns is that you can’t help foreign leaders who won’t help themselves. It is time to apply that rule to the recent quixotic and self-defeating actions of both….

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President Pervez Musharraf accused Pakistan's enemies of ... 
Pervez Musharraf


Petraeus Helping Pick New Generals

November 17, 2007

By  Ann Scott Tyson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, November 17, 2007; Page A01

The Army has summoned the top U.S. commander in Iraq back to Washington to preside over a board that will pick some of the next generation of Army leaders, an unusual decision that officials say represents a vote of confidence in Gen. David H. Petraeus‘s conduct of the war, as well as the Army counterinsurgency doctrine he helped rewrite.

The Army has long been criticized for rewarding conventional military thinking and experience in traditional combat operations, and current and former defense officials have pointed to Petraeus’s involvement in the promotion board process this month as a sign of the Army’s commitment to encouraging innovation and rewarding skills beyond the battlefield.

Some junior and midlevel officers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan have been particularly outspoken in their criticisms, saying the Army’s current leadership lacks a hands-on understanding of today’s conflicts and has not listened to feedback from younger personnel.

Gen. David Petraeus was called the

Gen. David Petraeus was called the “archetype” for new Army leaders. (Maya Alleruzzo – AP)

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