Afghanistan

Obama vs Petraeus vs Bob Woodward

22 September 2010 14:46

Bob Woodward is the best (and perhaps nastiest) blackmailer in Washington. Sure, you don’t have to co-operate with him but…

‘It’s a bit of a riddle’

21 September 2010 18:55

Perhaps Donald Rumsfeld was right: the Coalition should not have gone for the ‘hard slog’ in Afghanistan (or Iraq). Hindsight…

Andrew Mitchell recasts DfiD’s role

16 September 2010 11:37

Andrew Mitchell’s speech today at the Royal College of Defence Studies confirms me in my view that Mitchell is one…

Deferring deterrent

16 September 2010 10:24

We’ve been here before: Hacker’s ‘Grand Design’, a scheme to save money by cancelling Trident. The BBC reports that the…

From the archives – Boris for Mayor

10 September 2010 15:16

Boris Johnson has announced his candidacy for a second term as London Mayor. Here is what he wrote for the…

Buchan on Foreign Policy

10 September 2010 14:16

Sandy Arbuthnot in The Three Hostages: “Lord!” he cried, “how I loathe our new manners in foreign policy. The old…

Burning the Koran

8 September 2010 9:15

The US constitution cannot stop Pastor Terry Jones from burning 100 Korans to mark the 9th anniversary of 11 September, and…

Richard Dannatt’s Convenient Excuses

5 September 2010 16:39

Let us concede that the MoD has been under-funded and over-stretched in recent years. Let us also concede that Gordon…

Tony Blair’s memoirs: the first extracts

1 September 2010 0:00

Even the literary critics have to wait until tomorrow for the Blair memoirs – but the book’s contents are slowing…

Cameron’s close shave

27 August 2010 13:03

As Paul Goodman notes, being Prime Minister means taking risks. So perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised to read in the…

General Conway versus the Commander-in-Chief

25 August 2010 12:18

President Obama’s folly in setting a fixed date to start troop withdrawals from Afghanistan has been highlighted by the US…

Strategic differences

16 August 2010 13:49

When President Obama asked General Petraeus to take over the Afghan command after General McChrystal’s Rolling Stone implosion, there was…

Battling for hearts and minds

13 August 2010 15:33

This week marked the 38th anniversary of the American ground withdrawal from Vietnam. At the time The Spectator ran the…

Progress in Afghanistan?

13 August 2010 10:59

The Times (£) is reporting that ISAF has made a significant progress in pacifying the death circle around Sangin. The…

Friends again

6 August 2010 15:02

Hat-tip for video: ConservativeHome

Will Zardari’s meeting with Cameron go like this?

3 August 2010 18:48

After his stark warning earlier, it’s worth remembering that President Zardari can be quite cheerful in person. I’m grateful to…

Zardari drops a rhetorical bombshell

3 August 2010 16:03

David Cameron isn’t the only world leader who can lob rhetorical hand-grenades about the struggle in Afghanistan, you know. Speaking…

The past few weeks have made the struggle in Afghanistan even more difficult

31 July 2010 10:53

Domestically speaking, it has been an encouraging week from the coalition. Internationally speaking, less so. And today we see the…

Pakistan’s double game in Afghanistan

29 July 2010 11:02

So what is Pakistan up to? Cameron has a point: it is playing a dangerous double game which I once…

WikiLeaks rightly suffers a backlash

29 July 2010 9:20

Is it just me, or is there something deeply unsettling about Julian Assange’s comments in the Times today? After the…