Scott Horton Interviews Jason Ditz

Scott Horton, November 27, 2010

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Jason Ditz, managing news editor at, discusses the very different newspaper headlines describing the 105-page biannual Pentagon report to Congress on Afghanistan; why the renaming of insurgent attacks to “kinetic events” must have George Carlin spinning in his grave; US forces stuck halfway through clear, build and hold; and the rampant election fraud in Afghanistan that has significantly reduced Pashtun representation in government (pushing them further toward the insurgency).

MP3 here. (19:28)

Jason Ditz is the managing news editor at

4 Responses to “Jason Ditz”

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  2. Machiavelli noted a long time ago that you cannot hold a territory if the ordinary people did not go along.

  3. “Report on Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan,”

    Rushing to the end where the final summation and conclusion normally is … there is no final conclusion. Which says a lot imo.

  4. If tautological reasoning is the means to the end, then we should hold government officials criminally accountable for not cooperating with Wikileaks. According to most news accounts, it is Wikileaks who approaches the media and government about the data that it holds initially and not the other way around. The way that I see it is that the government can’t keep the best secret: Afghanistan is as much a loss as Vietnam was and any provocations elsewhere will be an equal or greater failure. What we see as an undemocratic trend is the people who have government or military authority do not know whence it came from and whence it goes to.

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