This evening, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal both broke extraordinary news. Months ago, American intelligence officials concluded that during peace talks to end the war in Afghanistan, a Russian military intelligence group offered to Taliban-linked fighters bounties for killing American troops. They paid up, too, although it is unclear which of the twenty US deaths happened under the deal. But this wasn't breaking news for the National Security Council.
- May 22, 2020
"I never expected that I would be writing about the needless deaths of almost 100,000 of our countrymen, rapidly approaching the number who died in wars from Korea to Afghanistan combined. It is bitterly appropriate that we should reach that grim milestone on this particular weekend." (Robert Edwards was formerly an infantry and intelligence officer in the US Army and a captain in the 82nd Airborne in Iraq during the first Gulf War.)