This week’s NRO podcast is with Michael O’Hanlon, co-author of Toughing It Out in Afghanistan. The book is an excellent primer on what’s at stake over there. As an aside, O’Hanlon makes the provocative claim that Afghanistan is now America’s longest war. He starts the clock with the “introduction of main combat forces,” which is what pushes Afghanistan past Vietnam, where American military advisers played a role (and did a lot of fighting) before the all the grunts arrived. No matter how you chop it, our troops have been in Afghanistan for quite a while.
I was traveling most of last week and neglected to put up a link to the podcast we posted on March 16. It’s with Mark Yost, author of Varsity Green, on corruption in college athletics. Mark is one of my favorite sportswriters; he contributes to the Wall Street Journal. His book came out a couple of months ago. Normally, I try to schedule the release of podcasts for publication dates. In this case, I wanted to save Mark’s for March Madness.
I like to include images on this blog, but how in the heck do you combine Afghanistan and basketball? That’s easy. Below is a picture of American soldiers playing horse in Zabul, a province that borders Pakistan. I found the image here. The comments are worth the price of admission.