Trying, Desperately, to Catch Up

by Joshua Foust on 7/26/2010

I took a break from working double-overtime this weekend to talk with Chuck Mertz on his radio show, “This is Hell,” about the Washington Post’s Top Secret America. A direct link to the audio, which is 4 hours long, is below. My segment begins about 15 minutes in and continues for about another 40.

This Is Hell, July 24, 2010.mp3

Additionally, I’m celebrating General Petraeus’ decision to scrap the Kandahar offensive. I still don’t have time to fully sketch out my thoughts, but a) Kandaharis deserve better; and b) Kandahar is not a battle we can win right now. Petraeus is correct to focus on smaller, more achievable objectives.

Lastly, I saw the Wikileaks thing. I’m trying, desperately (tie-in!) to finish my tasks at work today so I can have some breathing room to really contemplate those and give the leaks some serious brain time. My first thoughts are:

  • So what?M/li>
  • How damaging…; and
  • This will set the IC back years.

I have reasons for saying all of those things, and when I have more than five minutes to write them down, I’ll share them here.


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Joshua Foust is a Fellow at the American Security Project and the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from Registan.net. His research focuses primarily on Central and South Asia. Joshua is a correspondent for The Atlantic and a columnist for PBS Need to Know. Joshua appears regularly on the BBC World News, Aljazeera, and international public radio. Joshua's writing has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy’s AfPak Channel, the New York Times, Reuters, and the Christian Science Monitor. Follow him on twitter: @joshuafoust

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