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Drone Attack Report: 1 in 3 Killed By Drones In Pakistan Is A Civilian

Rethink Afghanistan | Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A new report from the New America Foundation states that one of every three people killed in the U.S.'s not-so-secret drone war in Pakistan is a civil...

Exercise of Conscience Seems to Be the Only Answer to Government Quagmire

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Coleen Rowley

25 Minnesotans for Peace (including myself) recently traveled to Washington DC to give a message to our elected representatives before the President's...

How the Media Gets Terrorists All Wrong

Malcolm Nance | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Malcolm Nance

The media often argues that al Qaeda's viability as terrorists requires them to successfully execute attacks greater than or equal to 9/11; but that is an arbitrary news driven metric of success, not bin Laden's.

Why A Maximalist Af-Pak Policy Will Not Work

Lionel Beehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lionel Beehner

Let's turn to Afghanistan. There is a weak and corrupt government, little to no standing armed forces, and parts of the country entirely controlled by the Taliban.

Inside The Afghan "Civilian Surge"

The National (Arab Emirates) | Aram Roston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As politicians and military officers alike continue to call for a 'civilian surge' in Afghanistan, Aram Roston reports from Wardak province on the imp...

War of the Worlds: London, 1898; Kabul, 2009

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The US may now be represented in the Afghan countryside, mainly by Predators and their even more powerful cousins, Reapers, unmanned aerial vehicles with names straight out of a sci-fi film about implacable aliens.

Time for Strategic Stamina

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

President Obama now has a difficult sales job to perform. In essence, his message will be: we need to get in deeper to get out of Afghanistan sooner. He's right.

Af-Pak Blowback

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

Even with so much sophisticated military hardware at their disposal, half a million Pakistani soldiers can't seem to counter the determined efforts of, at most, 15,000 Taliban fighters.

Obama Looses the Manhunters

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Obama's key foreign policy figures are traditional players in the national security state and pre-Bush-style Washington guardians of American power, thinking globally in familiar ways.

Going for Broke

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Engelhardt

Afghan commander General McChystal's mentality is undoubtedly a global-war-on-terror one, which translates into no respect for boundaries, restraints, or the sovereignty of others.

Obama Pakistan Strategy Must Be Different From Afghanistan: Analysis

True Slant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Is the White House right to support the Pakistani army's fight against militias on the Afghan border? Or should President Obama encourage fewer helico...

Obama, Zardari, Karzai Meet To Discuss Taliban's Growing Strength

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration took on high-stakes diplomacy with the leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan Wednesday, seeking more coopera...

Washington Has Created A Myth Of 'Talibanistan': Pepe Escobar

Asia Times Online | Pepe Escobar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Apocalypse Now. Run for cover. The turbans are coming. This is the state of Pakistan today, according to the current hysteria disseminated by the Bara...

Taliban Not Likely To Host Terrorist Groups: Analysis

Foreign Affairs | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

George W. Bush led the United States into war in Iraq on the grounds that Saddam Hussein might give his country's nonexistent weapons of mass destruct...

More Military Aid to Pakistan? Think Again...

Derek Henry Flood | Posted 06.29.2011 | World
Derek Henry Flood

The United States must stop looking at the short term in Pakistan, as insurgencies are not a short term problem.

America's 'Long War' Will Be As Pointless And Bloody As Europe's: William Pfaff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PARIS -- The Thirty Years' War occupies little space in the school texts of the English-speaking world, but its futility comes to mind when Richard Ho...

The Imperial Unconscious

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

We don't find it strange to have 16 intelligence agencies, running "covert wars" in tribal borderlands, flying unmanned drones over those borderlands, destroying those in camera view.