The long drive from Cairo to Benghazi gave me plenty of time to reflect on my previous visits here and wonder what might have changed since May. 1. The rebels in Benghazi have always seemed a rag-tag bunch, with little idea of tactics or strategy. Every rapid advance was followed by rapid retreat. They seem … More Libya’s Rebels – The Questions
The road from Cairo is long and well, pretty dull. This is roughly the scenery for oooh 13 or so hours, except when it’s dark or you drive past a rather umimpressive stretch of drive-through fast food joints There is the occasional camel and World War Two Cemetery. But it was all a little uninspiring … More The Road to Benghazi
Alberto Rodriguez has spent the past year as spokesman for the US embassy in Islamabad. I think even he would admit that the image of the US in Pakistan has gone from trough to trough during his time here, but imagine how bad it would be if he wasn’t around to put out fire after … More Is There a Tougher Job in Pakistan?
So the Americans are briefing that their Chinook was brought down in Afghanistan by a lucky shot from a Rocket-Propelled Grenade – not exactly the ideal weapon for bringing down aircraft. And hardly something to fret over in future. But wait a minute, the Afghan government has different ideas, with officials phoning up news organisations … More Lucky Shot or Clever Ambush?