Category Archives: Afghanistan

Deadly Numbers

I was an Iraqi professor of statistics until the United States and later ISIS destroyed my classroom and much of the university. I suppose I should thank each group for attacking when school wasn’t in session, but I believe that may have been coincidental. At any rate, like civilized people everywhere, I commiserate with the […]

Also posted in Iraq, ISIS, Middle East, Paris

Mullah Omar Denounces

My comrades and I in the Afghan Taliban are outraged by the cowardly and vicious attack by so-called Pakistani Taliban fighters who murdered a hundred forty innocent children studying at a military school in Peshawar. We would never commit such vile crimes, and extend profound condolences to the Pakistani government, and particularly the Inter-Service Intelligence, […]

Also posted in 9/11, Mullah Omar, Pakistan, Peshawar, Taliban

Karzai Angry

I’m often angry. Afghanistan’s been at war decades and American ally continues to kill many civilians. Last week in eastern Kunar province drone blew up four women and four children in addition to three alleged terrorists. Afghans wail when this happens and demand I evict Americans. I’d like to. I want high-tech killers out. I […]

Also posted in Drones, Hamid Karzai, Short Pieces - GTC, Taliban

New Taliban

To everyone we say relax. We’ve changed and are now using social media. Friend us on Facebook. We deserve support. We’re not going to let anyone use Afghan soil to prepare an attack on other countries. We need peace. We’ve been fighting since birth. We’ll even talk to Obama and puppet Karzai. We’ll talk to […]

Also posted in Barack Obama, Facebook, Hamid Karzai, Short Pieces - GTC

Restrepo in Afghanistan

After U.S. soldier Robert Bales murders sixteen civilians, most women and children, you want to understand more and peer into lives of Americans fighting in Afghanistan. You can’t go there and don’t have to. In your suburban living room a large flat screen on the wall video streams any movie you choose, in this case […]

Also posted in Middle East, Murder, Robert Bales, Taliban, Terrorism, War

Memo to U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

do not burn the koran intentionally or unintentionally and do not use it for target practice

Also posted in Koran, Middle East, Poetry - GTC, Religion

Eternal Taliban

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Mullah Omar, Pakistan, Poetry - GTC, Taliban

State of the Union

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Barack Obama, Campaign 2012, Economics, George S. Patton, George W. Bush, Immigration, Iran, Iraq, Lyndon Johnson, Mexico, Mitt Romney, Nuclear Weapons, Poetry - GTC, Richard Nixon

Historian Presents the Statistics of War

I bumbled by that smoking, manure-laden vehicle that didn’t explode in New York City last week and felt foolish I wasn’t the one who detected it and that I should have since I’ve spent my career analyzing wars but concede I’m only a historian, hiding in academia, who would’ve cringed at the sound of real […]

Also posted in Al Qaeda, Alexander the Great, Iraq, Taliban, War, World War I, World War II

Explosions and Elections in the Middle East

Several days ago Iraqi insurgents in Hilla detonated a massive car bomb scattering body parts and clothes onto a street puddled with blood.  About one hundred twenty people died and many more were wounded.  Most of the victims – typically – were unarmed, unprepared, and lightly guarded recruits for the army and police.  They were […]

Also posted in Egypt, George W. Bush, Hosni Mubarak, Iraq, Lebanon, Middle East, Palestine, Syria, Yasser Arafat