As You Were

Devin Coughlin's blog.
Styles: Serious Spare

November 25, 2007

Afghanistan: What Could Have Been?

Kevin Drum points out that if Iraq is unwinnable then surely Afghanistan is as well.

I've long wondered what would have happened if we hadn't invaded Iraq. Would the goodwill we had in the world community allow us to effectively occupy Afghanistan, or would we be in exactly the same position we're in now, with just the place-names changed?

It's a shibboleth among we progressives that Afghanistan was a good war and Iraq a bad one -- only true nut jobs protested invading Afghanistan. But if Afghanistan is unwinnable, maybe we're the crazy ones? It's now painfully clear that those who advocated invading Iraq (including me) were horribly off-base about the viability of occupation as a projection of American military power. Were we also wrong about Afghanistan?

Posted by coughlin at 9:41 PM

November 21, 2007

Edward Hopper at the National Gallery

Chop Suey


Captain Upton's House

My favorite Hopper at the exhibit was Captain Upton's House. Apparently it's owned by Steve Martin.

Posted by coughlin at 1:14 PM

November 20, 2007

WWII Memorial

I visited the World War II Memorial on the National Mall yesterday. I hadn't had a chance to see it the last couple of times I've been in DC.

Photo by Richard Latoff.

I was particularly impressed with the use of 56 separate pillars, one for each state and territory, to represent national unity in a time of war.

Posted by coughlin at 9:11 PM

November 18, 2007

Hillary on the "Gender Card"

This is at the Las Vegas debate on Thursday.

Her disappointment in Campbell Brown was just devastating.

Posted by coughlin at 7:22 PM

November 14, 2007

Media Issue for next week: Is Hillary Too Perfect?

Seriously. The Clinton Rules of journalism are really starting to piss me off.
Posted by coughlin at 11:43 AM

November 3, 2007

In which Devin gets a new haircut

Posted by coughlin at 10:57 PM