Here's his most recent work from Afghanistan. It's excellent. Read it. I'll have more on this later, but for right now I wanted to share a passage from early in the piece as food for thought. It's perhaps the most concise and yet comprehensive explanation of U.S. efforts in OEF that you'll find.
What is the United States military doing in Afghanistan?
The question, when not framed as a pejorative, has many answers. Depending on the soldier and the unit, at any given moment the military is likely doing one of four things.
It is hunting for, and hoping to capture or kill, the top-tier Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders and their coteries.
Simultaneously, the United States military is working with foreign governments, nongovernment organizations, and American agencies to build a nation where ten years ago a nation existed principally in name.
And as this reordered nation is assuming a shape that remains tentative and wormy with corruption, the United States is pursuing a third primary mission, which is to create foundations for indigenous security. This includes a national police force and an army with enough skilled soldiers to integrate fire support and operate an air corps and stand up to an insurgency in battle anywhere. It also includes an intelligence service that can penetrate and understand myriad groups — local, regional, and transnational — that make up that insurgency, as well as the drug networks that control the shadow economy, which fuels much of the war.
Last, or perhaps first, the United States military is doing what many people imagine it to be doing most: It is fighting that war.