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Wanat: suddenly, all over the media

The Washington Post just ran a solid three-part series on the Wanat firefight that went down in the summer of 2008. Joshua Foust summarizes and critiques the series here. CBS also did a long story Monday night on its Evening News program. (To its credit, CBS gave the entire half hour to Afghanistan, reminding me ...

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The Washington Post just ran a solid three-part series on the Wanat firefight that went down in the summer of 2008. Joshua Foust summarizes and critiques the series here. CBS also did a long story Monday night on its Evening News program. (To its credit, CBS gave the entire half hour to Afghanistan, reminding me of Ted Koppel’s glory days on Nightline.) The New York Times on Saturday trotted out a once-over-lightly story that I would classify as a “spoiling attack.” 

So far nothing much new in all that huffing and puffing. But glad to see that the defense press corps is tracking this blog. Thanks, fellas! And even more glad that Col. Brostrom got a fair hearing, finally. 

For all that, this old thing remains the best thing I’ve ever read about westerners travelling to the back valleys of Nuristan.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. @tomricks1
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