December 24th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Brightly colored posters of Hennessy cognac and Moet champagne hang above shelves lined with Grey Go

Brightly colored posters of Hennessy cognac and Moet champagne hang above shelves lined with Grey Goose vodka, Bombay Sapphire gin and a variety of single-malt scotches. The opposite wall features wines organized by origin: France, California, Australia and Chile, to name a few. Further back, microbrews and imported beers are stacked alongside domestic ones -- all offering hints about its upscale clientele.

Neighborhood Mixer
As Rough-Hewn Area Goes Upscale, Merchant Shifts From Beer to Champagne

By Sarah Halzack
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, December 24, 2007; D01

 

Barrel House Liquor is a longtime fixture on 14th Street just west of Logan Circle in Northwest Washington, a distinctive landmark in a once rough-edged neighborhood being transformed by expensive shops and posh condos. Below the pink neon sign bearing the store's name, the main entrance appears to be cut into a massive, wood-looking barrel.

It's hard to miss, and it's been that way for decades.

Inside, though, the store has been changing like the neighborhood around it. Brightly colored posters of Hennessy cognac and Moet champagne hang above shelves lined with Grey Goose vodka, Bombay Sapphire gin and a variety of single-malt scotches. The opposite wall features wines organized by origin: France, California, Australia and Chile, to name a few. Further back, microbrews and imported beers are stacked alongside domestic ones -- all offering hints about its upscale clientele.

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Ann Texter... Holga and Polaroid Image Transfers. From Ann Texter Photography. "...Ann Texter is a s

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Ann Texter... Holga and Polaroid Image Transfers. From Ann Texter Photography. "...Ann Texter is a self-taught photographer originally from Kansas, currently living in Texas. She specializes in toy camera, medium format, large format, Polaroid, and various other types of photography. She is an active member of the Austin Alternative Process Group and the Texas Photographic Society."

Copyright Ann Texter
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Chris Keeley

After Action Report

Distinguished correspondents,

 I found the below post-visit (to Iraq) report by Gen. Barry McCaffrey
reasonably persuasive.

Collegial warm regards,

Ed Kane

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December 18, 2007
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MEMORANDUM FOR: Colonel Michael Meese
Professor and Head Dept of Social Sciences
United States Military Academy

CC: Colonel Cindy Jebb
Professor and Deputy Head Dept of Social Sciences
United States Military Academy

SUBJECT: *After Action Report—General Barry R McCaffrey USA (Ret)
*VISIT IRAQ AND KUWAIT 5-11 DECEMBER 2007

1. PURPOSE: *This memo provides feedback on my strategic and operational
assessment of current security operations in Iraq. Look forward to
providing lectures to faculty and cadet national security seminars.
Will provide follow-on comprehensive report with attachments of
current unclassified data and graphs documenting the current
counterinsurgency
situation in Iraq.
*
2. SOURCES:
1.) ADM William (Fox) Fallon USN, Commander US Central Command
(CENTCOM) *One-on -one meeting in Iraq. Theater strategic assessment.
*2.) GEN David Petraeus, Commanding General Multi-National Forces Iraq (CG,
MNF-I*) One-on-one office call: strategic assessment.
*3.) LTG Raymond Odierno, Commanding General Multi-National Corps-Iraq (CG,
MNC-I*) Campaign briefing.
*4.) LTG Jim Dubik, Commander, Multi-National Security Transition Command -
Iraq (MNSTC-I) *MNSTC-I Overview brief and ministerial capacity discussion
"Building the Iraqi Police and Army".
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*5.) Chargé Ambassador Pat Butenis, Deputy Chief of Mission *(Ambassador
Ryan
Crocker on personal leave) One-on-one diplomatic assessment.
*6.) MG John Paxton USMC, Chief of Staff Multi National Forces- Iraq
(COS, MNFI)
*MNF-I Battle Update Assessment.
*7.) MG Joe Fil, Commanding General, Multi-National Division -Baghdad
(CG, MNDB)
*Update- "The struggle for Bagdad."
*8.) MG Mark Hertling*, *Commanding General Multi-National Division-
North (CG,
MND-N) *MND-N "Battle Update Brief the northern zones…AQI final refuge."
*9.) MG Rick Lynch, Commanding General Multi-National Division Center-(CG,
MND-C) *MND-C Operations & Intelligence Round Table. "The struggle for the
southern approaches to Baghdad."
*10.) MG Mike Jones, Commander Civilian Police Assistance Training Team
(CPATT*) Round table discussion at Taqaddam Airbase. *"Building the Iraqi
Police."
11.) MG Kevin Bergner, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Effects,
MNF-I *Update
briefing with senior MNF-I Staff.
*12.) MG Maston Robeson (Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy, Plans and
Assessments
MNF-I), RADML Greg Smith (PAOMNF-I): *Update briefing with senior MNF-I
Staff.
*13.) MG Dennis Hardy, Deputy Commanding General, Third Army, U.S. Army
Central (USARCENT), Coalition Forces Land Component Command (CFLCC):
*Briefing on strategic situation in Kuwait.
*14.) BG Geoff Freeman, CG, 335th Theater Sig Cmd (Prov), C6, Coalition
Forces
Land Component Command: *Update briefing on communications support, Iraq and
Afghanistan.
*15.) US Embassy Baghdad Country Team Briefing – AMB Marci Ries (Pol-Mil
Counselor), AMB Charlie Ries (Coordinator for Economic Transition in Iraq),
Todd Schwartz (Economic Counselor), Matt Tueller (Political Counselor), Dr.
Chris Schnaubelt (Chief of Joint Strategic Plans and Assessments).
16.) BG Jim Yarbrough, CG, Iraqi Assistance Group (IAG): *Update
briefing MNC-I
assistance group. "The status and training of US MiTT teams imbedded in
Iraqi
Forces."
*17.) Operational Intelligence Briefings. BG (P) Vince Brooks (DCG S,
MND-B), COL
Jack Ballantyne (Chief of Staff and MND-B), COL Bill West (Chief ISF Cell,
MND-B), LTC Steve North (G2, MND-B), LTC Chris Bonheim (Deputy G3,
MND-B): "*Iraqi Forces engaged in the struggle for Baghdad."
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*18.) Campaign briefing with MNC-I CG Team. COL Jerry Tait (C2, MNC-I), COL
John Murray (C3, MNC-I), COL J.T. Thomson (XO, MNC-I CG) *"The campaign
Plan."
*19.) Sensing session and open discussion with thirty-eight US battalion
commanders:
MND-B Battalion Commander's Conference. *Working Lunch --- BG John
Campbell, DCG (S).
*20.) BG Barry McManus (Joint Headquarters Transition Team CMATT), BG
Robert Allardice (Air Force Transition Team CMATT), and RADM Edward
Winters (Navy Transition Team CMATT), and COL Al Dochnal (Chief of Staff
CMATT): *MNSTC-I Overview Brief Iraqi: Security Forces and Ministerial
Capacity
Discussion
*21.) BG Jim Kessler, CG 2nd Marine Logistic Group MNF-W, COL Rivers Johnson
(PAO, CPATT), Mr. Don Lane (Chief of Training CPATT): *Round Table
Discussion. (Forced down by dust storm weather with the Marines!)
*22.) BG Edward Cardon, DCG-S, MND-C*: MND-C Battle Update Brief.
*23.) BG Charles Gurganus USMC (CG Ground Component Element, II MEF), COL
John Charlton USA (Commander 1st Bde, MNF-W), and COL Dave Fuquea
USMC (G3-ISF MNF-W): *Overview, Ramadi city visits, and working lunch
Marine/US Army leadership Camp Ramadi.
*24.) COL Jim Hickey, (Director, MNC-I COIC), MAJ Brian Bricker (XO, MNC-I
COIC): *Office call with MNC-I Counter-IED Operational Integration Center.
"Strategic intelligence assessment."
*25.) COL Ricky Gibbs, (Commander 4/1 ID), LTC Pat Frank (Commander 1-28
IN)*:
4/1 ID BCT & 1-28 IN "O&I Brief with focus on the battle for Baghdad."
(US 80 KIA
and 600+ WIA in this brigade during the campaign.)
*26.) COL Rodger Cloutier (G3 MND-C), MAJ David Waldron (G3 Ops MND-C),
MAJ David Stender (720th MP Bn S3), MAJ Michael Kelly (G3 ISF Cell MND-C):
*Lunch & Brief on Iraqi Security Forces Status & Readiness on the
southern approaches
to Baghdad."
*27.) COL Dominic Caracillo (Commander, 3/101 ABN), LTC Andrew Rohling
(Commander, 3-187 IN), COL Ahmad (Iraqi Battalion Commander PB Kemple):
*Visit with 3rd BCT, 101 ABN at Patrol Base Kemple. "The battle for the
southern
approaches to Baghdad."
*28.) COL Wayne Grigsby (Commander 3rd Bde, 3ID), MAJ Luis Rivera (XO,
1-10 FA
Bn), and CPT Pat Moffett (Commander, A/1-10 FA Bn): *Battle updates "the
southern belt" …"market walk Iraqi City" with 3rd Bde, 3ID
*29.) COL Bryan Watson (Chief of Staff, MND-N), COL Steve Schenk (G3 MND-N):
*MND-N Battle Update briefs the northern zones.
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*30.) COL John Broadmedow USMC, Chief 7th IA Division MiTT: *7th IA
Division Mitt
Overview& Discussion at Camp Black Diamond. "The reconciliation campaign for
Anbar province."
*31.) COL Steve Schenk (G3 MND-N), MAJ Sam Lex (G3-ISF MND-N*): Meeting with
MND-N Iraqi Security Forces Cell.
*32.) COL Jessie Farrington (Commander 1st CAB), LTC Jim Cutting (Commander,
TF Odin), MAJ Bill Huff (Brigade S3, 1st CAB): *1st Combat Aviation
Brigade and
TF Odin Briefing-- Tikrit.
*33.) LTC Thomas Hauerwas (Bde XO 1/101st ABN), MAJ George Bratcher (Bde S2,
1/101st ABN): *1/101st ABN Operations and Intelligence Update "the southern
approaches."
*34.) Round table discussion with International Police Advisors: Donald
Lane (Chief of
Training CPATT), Steve Ryan, International Police Advisor, Habbaniyah, Dave
Smith, International Police Advisor, Ed Weibl, International Police Advisor.
"Effectiveness of the Iraqi Police."
35.) MG Tariq Yusuf, Anbar Provincial Chief of Police: *Operational
assessment at
Ramadi Government Center.
*36.) Meeting/ briefing with 7th Iraqi Army Division Commander and
senior staff. "The
struggle for Anbar Province."
37.) Sensing Session with twenty US Company Commanders. Multi National
Division
North. "Morale, career plans,
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