Dear Ron, et al.,
I amended my post in favor of extra congeniality. For anything I said that might be taken as mean spirited or false, I am, of course, sorry. I intended to be neither. As I said in my posting, I like Balladeer and think well of him. I have been clear about that and about exactly where I believe we disagree. I still believe him a great and sincere patriot. I have always seen him as unflinching in that regard.
I appreciated Jennifer Maxwell's three references. It's not often enough that we see references to Progressive publications here, and I found these were very informative. So, thinking of her:
I recently ran across a more primary source sort of blog on the subject of Afghanistan by Special forces and diplomatic types that's pretty interesting. You have to look between the lines a bit to follow the unfolding story about the jostling back and forth of the diplomats and the Afghanistani officials, and how the the US army is getting played between them, but if you've got your decoder ring, it turns out to be pretty interesting. You have the sense that the stories these folks are telling are going to be news or news backgrounds over the next few months.
Let me know, Ron, Jennifer, whoever seems interested in following up, if anybody, what you think of this stuff.
It not at the point where it's political yet; the politics, I think, depends on what use you want to make of it. But the raw story of it's fascinating, and that you can read between the lions.