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Commentary – low hopes for Iraq

There’s an interesting, if depressing, conversation ongoing over at the National Journal expert blog about what’s to come for Iraq. A snippet from my own contribution: I normally try for guarded optimism on this blog, but the latest news from Iraq makes that hard. The situation increasingly sounds like one of Shakespeare’s darker history plays [...]

Appearances – Veterans of five wars tell their stories – November 5th

On Saturday, November 5, in slightly early honor of Veterans’ Day, I’ll have the honor of moderating a panel of veterans from five wars — World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan — in a public event at Chevy Chase Library in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The event runs from 1:30 to 4:00 pm and [...]

Appearances – I explain 9-11 to Romanians

Our Romanian friends at HotNews.ro have once again posted an interview with me, this time on the anniversary of 9/11. Since most of you probably don’t speak Romanian — I certainly don’t — their translated version is probably less useful than my English original, here: Freedberg on 9-11 anniversary – 2011-09-14. A brief excerpt (from [...]

Commentary – why we should stay in Iraq (if they’ll have us)

In my ongoing quest to be perhaps the most unpopular person ever on the National Journal’s  security blog, I’ve posted my argument for why we should keep at least 10,000 troops in Iraq after the current withdrawal deadline expires on December 31st — if the Iraqis are willing to have us: If the Iraqi government can get [...]

In His Own Words – Shaw Pick on the Army’s Wired Generation

            Other than just generally getting peppered with mortars and stuff, it was a pretty uneventful six months. There was only one close call, really close call, for me…              …in the artillery, my first assignment, I’d be walking through the woods with a spool of wire. [Now,] everything’s gone to satellite….              He might [...]

Publications – 2004-2010 articles about Afghans & Iraqis

Learning From Veterans began as a project I did interviewing Iraq and Afghanistan veterans for my longtime employer, National Journal. NJ relies on subscription revenue and guards its archives jealously, but the editors there have generously unlocked all my articles that draw on these military oral histories and made them available to the public for [...]

Publications – 2004-2010 articles on military operations

Learning From Veterans began as a project I did interviewing Iraq and Afghanistan veterans for my longtime employer, National Journal. NJ relies on subscription revenue and guards its archives jealously, but the editors there have generously unlocked all my articles that draw on these military oral histories and made them available to the public for [...]

Commentary: Bush failed at democratizing the Middle East, the people prevail

I’ve posted a new comment on the Arab upheavals on the National Journal expert blog: Eight years ago, George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz argued that the Middle East was so mired in authoritarianism, so politically stagnant, that the only way to bring democracy to the region was by force….[But] even massive military force [...]

Appearances – Dartmouth lecture – video now online

The full video of my lecture at Dartmouth (yes, the one from Veterans’ Day) is now online on, of all things, YouTube, which I had previously associated with the blurrily filmed antics of drunken teenagers. The full video is almost an hour and a half long. If you don’t have that much time, I’d suggest [...]