Dan Froomkin and White House Watch



Politico‘s Patrick Gavin (who is editing Michael Calderone’s column this week) reports and I have confirmed that Dan Froomkin’s invaluable White House Watch blog has been discontinued at the Washington Post. Froomkin was the new media hybrid of Woodward and Bernstein during the George W.

Underestimating the Pakistani Taliban?



The highest estimate of Taliban fighters in Pakistan (TTP) I had seen or heard until today was 20,000 (though inclusive of newer recruits and “conscripts”). In Afghanistan, the estimates I had seen (depending on whether it was based on US or Pakistani intelligence) ranged from 5,000-15,000 fighters.