Sunny in Kabul

Going Full Martha Stewart: The Paktika Bombing http://bit.ly/1sm4bpB


Going Full Martha Stewart: The Paktika Bombing

Why today’s VBIED in Paktika should worry us less than a Rick Perry presidency.

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What I learned — busy week. Weekly Weather | 14 JUL 2014 http://bit.ly/1jsX77y


Weekly Weather | 14 JUL 2014

This week’s weather report: Kerry’s having a good week, Bergdahl’s collecting a paycheck, Helmand cops having a bad week, and a Proper Exit.

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If only it were this easy: 5 Ways the Afghan Election Should End (But Won’t) http://bit.ly/1nqxHay


5 Ways the Afghan Election Should End (But Won’t)

A deadlocked election, but without the hanging chads. Thanks to Hollywood, here’s at least five better ways to decide this Afghan presidential election.

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Dead Afghans are ISAF’s fault, even if they’re not killing them. http://bit.ly/1ncJOmT


What Dead Afghans Tell Us About COIN: the UNAMA Report

The Americans have given Afghans the gift that keeps on giving: a conflict that’s killing more civilians than ever. By failing to defeat the insurgency, the Americans and their partners are just as responsible for the Afghans still dying in someone else’s war.

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This could have gone better. Afghan Elections Explained, in GIFs and in Song http://bit.ly/VUPahv


Afghan Elections Explained, in GIFs and in Song

It’s time for a long-overdue pop culture binge to explain what’s going on with the Afghan elections. Which, of course, means GIFs. And music.

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Since it’s that time of year, some thoughts on religious freedom in Afghanistan. http://bit.ly/1oop7qD


1st Amendment, Afghan Style

This weekend the United States of America again celebrates the failure of 18th century British counterinsurgency. So let’s see what freedom looks like in a landlocked country long known for its tolerance and religious equality.

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New stuff on the blog, kids: CODEL’s Longform Mother’s Day Card for Afghan Women http://bit.ly/1q2TKTz


CODEL’s Longform Mother’s Day Card for Afghan Women

A congressional delegation goes to Afghanistan for Mother’s Day. So naturally its going to weigh in on gender issues. The result? About what you’d expect: banal platitudes and bad politics.

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Come check out the blog - ANA Deliver Volleyballs: What Happens Next Should Surprise No One http://bit.ly/1mLLYK0


ANA Deliver Volleyballs: What Happens Next Should Surprise No One

Now that the Americans are leaving, they want to make sure the Afghan Army get on board with the balls and books delivery programs. Which didn’t work for the Americans, and won’t for the Afghans, either.

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So Long, Tumblr…It’s Been A Ton o’ Fun!

In an effort to a) write more about Afghanistan and b) go to where a lot of my audience seems to be for the blog, Sunny in Kabul, I will no longer posting here at Tumblr. 

I love what Tumblr does, and that’s not to say I won’t be checking in from time to time, and I still have bulletproofafghans going. That only updates once a day, and someday I’ll get tired of that, too. Painfully funny can only get one moving for so long. 

But I’m trying to be better at focusing my time on things I know will reach people with something besides how amazing the picture was I just reblogged. And I’m not very good at balancing multiple social outlets. If there were more of me, I’d probably be better at it. 

And thanks once again for the rando shoutout from Foreign Policy last year. Much love. 

But I need to be focusing my time and my words. So if you’re on the Facebook, come check me out on the Facebook page. Anything I used to post here: videos, quotes, random short whatever, if it’s related to Afghanistan, it’s now going over there. 

And this definitely doesn’t mean the blog’s going away. Quite the opposite. I’m hoping I can put more time into what I’m doing over there, and maybe it’ll be worthwhile for you, my readers. 

If you ever want to get in touch, if, for nothing else to tell me how truly awful a human being I am: 

Twitter: @ElSnarkistani

Email: gary_owen@sunnyinkabul.com

Or leave a message on the Facebook page. 

I had some thoughts on the whole BSA ruckus: This Is How a War Should End: with Beans, not Bullets http://bit.ly/TLJfth


This Is How a War Should End: with Beans, not Bullets

What the ANSF desperately needs at this point is continued mentorship in its professionalism, and that has very little to do with shooting people in the face.

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Looking for Tumblrs

Know of any good Afghanistan/Pakistan/photo-heavy/or other types of Tumblrs worth following?

There are only a few routes that the enemy can use to get lethal aid into Afghanistan,” said 1st Lt. John Eife, a native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, who serves as platoon leader for 1st Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 504th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division. “So it’s our job to intercept them and disrupt their operations.

If you say so, LT. 


Members of U.S. Marine Corps Detachment, U.S. Embassy Kabul, prepare to present the colors at the Embassy’s Independence Day celebration on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (Photo by Musadeq Sadeq/U.S. State Department)

Because backdrops is purty. 

Members of U.S. Marine Corps Detachment, U.S. Embassy Kabul, prepare to present the colors at the Embassy’s Independence Day celebration on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (Photo by Musadeq Sadeq/U.S. State Department)

Because backdrops is purty. 

deedeebz

deedeebz:

These two little boys were play fighting when they noticed me taking their picture as i walked by so they posed for me in the last one and yelled out “Camera man akse mara beegee! (Camera man take our picture!)”

warkadang

warkadang:

Free Afghanistan, free Palestine. 

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN. Shouting anti-U.S. and anti-Israel slogans, Afghan men, women and children marked the international Quds day in solidarity with Palestine. (Photographs by Omar Sobhani from Aug. 26, 2011)