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Naming the phases of the Afghan war

While Tom Ricks is away from his blog, he has selected a few of his favorite posts to re-run. We will be posting a few every day until he returns. This originally ran on June 6, 2011. The Ink Spots has a good proposal for better names for phases of the Afghan war than "Consolidation ...

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While Tom Ricks is away from his blog, he has selected a few of his favorite posts to re-run. We will be posting a few every day until he returns. This originally ran on June 6, 2011.

The Ink Spots has a good proposal for better names for phases of the Afghan war than "Consolidation II" and so on:

  • Bombing the Piss out of the Taliban – Sept. 11, 2001 to Nov. 30, 2001
  • Escape from Tora Bora – Dec. 1, 2001 to Dec. 31, 2001
  • General Indifference – Jan. 1, 2002 to March 18, 2003
  • Economy of Force – March 19, 2003 to Nov. 30, 2009
  • The Good War – Dec. 1, 2009 to June 21, 2011
  • The Expensive, Disappearing War – June 22, 2011 through a date to be determined
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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