Don’t forget to check out the two new essays @ The American Conservative:

Nick Turse | Success in Afghanistan

Success is the buzzword Washington ascribes to the mission in Afghanistan, but, as Nick Turse illuminates, opaquely talking about “success” does not mean the ten-year Afghanistan experiment has benefited the United States or the Afghan people. In many respects, the average Afghan is only slightly better off under the current Kabul-regime than under Soviet rule.

Unlike victory, success turns out to be a slippery term. As the United States approaches the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan, pundits have been chewing over just what “success” in Afghanistan might mean for Washington. What success might mean for ordinary Afghans hasn’t, however, been a major topic of conversation . . .

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Stuart Reid | Bearing Blair

Writing from London, Stuart Reid reviews Tony Blair’s memoir A Journey. As Reid notes, the book gives readers a sometimes too candid glimpse into the mind of a man whose wildly unpopular decisions still infuriate scores of his co-patriots.

If you are not careful you can find yourself feeling sorry for the former prime minister. He wants to be taken seriously as a man, but like his pal George. W. Bush (to whom he is admirably loyal) invites only derision. For example, he now tells us that when the going got tough in Downing Street . . .

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