Kelley B. Vlahos


Kelley B. Vlahos, featured columnist and contributing editor for The American Conservative magazine, discusses her article “Do Afghan Riots Spell E-X-I-T;” the mainstream media’s sudden realization that the Afghan War effort is failing; increases in the frequency and severity of IED injuries to US soldiers (who are demoralized and have lost faith in their objectives); why the culture gap between US military trainers and Afghan army recruits is too great to be bridged, resulting in mutual distrust and violence; rethinking the Western model of nation building in Afghanistan; and the “force protection” problems facing US personnel stationed in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

MP3 here. (23:35)

Kelley Beaucar Vlahos has spent over a decade as a political reporter in Washington DC. Currently, she is a contributing editor for The American Conservative magazine and its daily weblog, @TAC. She is also a Washington correspondent for the DC-based homeland security magazine, Homeland Security Today, a long-time political writer for, a regular columnist for and a contributor to

7 thoughts on “Kelley B. Vlahos”

  1. Kelly, what a beautiful voice! You should have your own radio show, really!!
    Now, I hope you are indirectly suggesting that this is acctualy the exit strategy. I mean killing people and pissing on them and burning koran….
    Is US military realy out of control? Has any general/colonel ever published anything without the military apporving it beforehand?
    Lookin forward to your own radio-show and you first guest should be Scott the anarcho-capitalist.

  2. Re vets with injuries. Good friend is a LPN at VA. They are in the process of closing down parts of them. So I asked her how could they possibly to that with all the horrific injuries these guys are coming back with. Her answer: USG is giving them cash settlements in lieu of right to be treated for life at VA. Of course, young people see a couple of tens of thousands (didn't ask her how much, so that number is a guess), they take the deal with no thought about what their long term health might be like. Yet another scandal.

  3. BTW the book on the analogous VN period is Frank Snepp's Decent Interval. He was like #3 in Saigon CIA and tried for years to tell D.C. types that U.S. was losing & should pull out. No one listened so helos on embassy roof. The book will rip your heart out bc he tells personal stories of locals who put their lives on the line for U.S. and got left behind.

  4. Looked her up, now I know what you mean. She is hot and brainy! CXE=Hot+brainy –> CxE=H+B –> E=H+B/C=VLHS/C , Einstein eat your heart out you stupid cheat!

  5. Good news — Purpose of this world to prove the harm in it

    So, virtually everyone created with an ingrate conscience thinking they deserve to “Be All You Can Be” and to take all you can take.

    And so, after this life they will simplify cease to exist.

    So enjoy life, all you who have a doomed live and remember no matter how miserable may your existence be, it is far better then to have never experienced life.

  6. To Kelly: Khalil Gibran On Freedom
    And an orator said, “Speak to us of Freedom.”
    And he answered:
    At the city gate and by your fireside I have seen you prostrate yourself and worship your own freedom, Even as slaves humble themselves before a tyrant and praise him though he slays them.
    Ay, in the grove of the temple and in the shadow of the citadel I have seen the freest among you wear their freedom as a yoke and a handcuff.
    And my heart bled within me; for you can only be free when even the desire of seeking freedom becomes a harness to you, and when you cease to speak of freedom as a goal and a fulfillment.
    You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care nor your nights without a want and a grief,
    But rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound.
    And how shall you rise beyond your days and nights unless you break the chains which you at the dawn of your understanding have fastened around your noon hour?
    In truth that which you call freedom is the strongest of these chains, though its links glitter in the sun and dazzle the eyes.
    And what is it but fragments of your own self you would discard that you may become free?
    If it is an unjust law you would abolish, that law was written with your own hand upon your own forehead.
    You cannot erase it by burning your law books nor by washing the foreheads of your judges, though you pour the sea upon them.
    And if it is a despot you would dethrone, see first that his throne erected within you is destroyed.
    For how can a tyrant rule the free and the proud, but for a tyranny in their own freedom and a shame in their won pride?
    And if it is a care you would cast off, that care has been chosen by you rather than imposed upon you.
    And if it is a fear you would dispel, the seat of that fear is in your heart and not in the hand of the feared.
    Verily all things move within your being in constant half embrace, the desired and the dreaded, the repugnant and the cherished, the pursued and that which you would escape.
    These things move within you as lights and shadows in pairs that cling.
    And when the shadow fades and is no more, the light that lingers becomes a shadow to another light.
    And thus your freedom when it loses its fetters becomes itself the fetter of a greater freedom.

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