Saturday, October 31, 2009

Afghans Tell Americans, Move From Your Tents Into Buildings -- A Commentary

U.S. Marines conduct a security patrol through the Nawa district in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 20, 2009. The Marines, assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, are conducting security patrols to decrease insurgent activity and gain the trust of the Afghan people. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Artur Shvartsberg

Afghans See Americans As Nomads -- Toronto Sun

Two of the best battlefield reporters in recent years are Dexter Filkins and Michael Yon.

Filkins writes for the New York Times and Yon runs his own weblog. Both have provided from Iraq, and now Afghanistan, stories that take their readers beyond the blood, dirt and grind of war into the hearts and minds of common people trapped in it.

In a recent nearly 10,000-word essay titled "Stanley McChrystal's Long War," Filkins took his readers along with the top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan for a tour deep into the interior of the country.

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My Comment: There are some goods points in this commentary .... read it all.

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