Fear and Loathing in Afghanistan

I just finished reading Nir Rosen’s Rolling Stone piece on his gonzo “embed”with the Taliban, and to be honest, I find the reaction to the piece as revealingas the article itself: Does it take cojones to go where Rosen went?Yes. (Spencer Ackerman.) Does it blur some legaland ethical lines? Yes. (Dave Dilegge.) Does it blur some factual lines? Yes. (Joshua Foust.) Does itprovide valuable source material for students ofcounterinsurgency? Again, yes. (Andrew Exum.) But does it shed light on the subject? There I’m not so sure. Compared to Dexter Filkins’ NYT Sunday Magazine piece last month on the Pakistani tribal […]

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