Sunny in Kabul

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Forecast? Gridlock with a high chance of evacuations: The Weather Report http://bit.ly/1s3TtVV


Weather Report
 15 Sep ‘14 Edition

This week’s forecast calls for gridlock, Karzai’s small business plans, and Afghans getting out as fast as they can.

Dostum’s apparently back on the Twitter - Admit It, You’ve Missed Him http://bit.ly/1pfFchg

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What could possibly go wrong? Our Man in Kabul is Now Our Man in Baghdad http://bit.ly/1oGfl2B

What could possibly go wrong? Our Man in Kabul is Now Our Man in Baghdad http://bit.ly/1oGfl2B

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Whatever winning looks like, it’s not this - Losing in Logar: A Day Trip to Azra http://bit.ly/1qsFrvo


Losing in Logar: A Day Trip to Azra

COL Riga’s visit to Logar was a lot like a Miley Cyrus concert: expensive, loud, and regrettable. And it underscores the depth of the American failure in Afghanistan.

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Everything’s sunny in the ‘stan: The Weather Report | 08 SEP 2014 http://bit.ly/1CO0LQ5


The Weather Report | 08 SEP 2014

This week: Abdullah predicts a riot, high times in Logar, Helmand’s screwed, you think your flight delays are bad, and paintball.

No surprises here: Abdullah Goes Full Groundhog Day at Presser http://sunnyinkabul.com/2014/09/08/20140908-test-draft-2/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=tumblr&utm_medium=sunnyinkabul&utm_content=Abdullah%20Goes%20Full%20Groundhog%20Day%20at%20Presser

No surprises here: Abdullah Goes Full Groundhog Day at Presser http://sunnyinkabul.com/2014/09/08/20140908-test-draft-2/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=tumblr&utm_medium=sunnyinkabul&utm_content=Abdullah%20Goes%20Full%20Groundhog%20Day%20at%20Presser

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.