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Afghanistan Drawdown

How to Screw an Afghan

Tamar Halpern | Posted 02.09.2016 | Politics
Tamar Halpern

What's the best way to thank Afghans who have risked their lives helping U.S. troops? Offer them a chance to live in America, and then make the process impossible and the costs astronomical.

Slinking Out of Afghanistan? No Sir!

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

While about 9,800 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan to support such a non-combat "train, advise, and assist mission," approximately 24,000 troops will be going home under President Obama's "drawdown plan" before the end of the year.

David Wood

The Green Beret Whose Strategy Could Have Saved Afghanistan, But Not His Career

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 03.28.2014 | World

A once-promising strategy for stability in Afghanistan ended badly two years ago, along with the career of its author and chief proponent, Army Specia...

Matt Sledge

As Afghanistan Drawdown Looms, Inspector General Warns Of Graft

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics

America's watchdog for Afghanistan is watching the country slip away. "Every time I visit, I am told by people that we are succeeding," says John S...

U.S., Afghanistan Near Agreement On Post 2014 Strategy

Posted 07.31.2013 | World

The United States and Afghanistan have reportedly moved closer to a bilateral agreement that spells out the presence of American forces in the country...

Afghan Officials: Full Withdrawal Could Reignite Civil War

Reuters | Posted 03.11.2013 | World

By Hamid Shalizi KABUL, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Afghan lawmakers said on Wednesday disaster and civil war would follow if Washington pushed ...

U.S. May Leave 10,000 Troops In Afghanistan After 2014

Posted 11.26.2012 | World

The White House is considering a plan to leave around 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to ...

Can U.S.-Afghan Partnership Work?

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 05.16.2012 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

Violence against NATO troops by Afghan security forces in reponse to burning of the Quran at the Bagram Air Base has reignited doubts over the U.S. endgame in Afghanistan.

Christian Science Monitor: Is Afghanistan Safer?

Christian Science Monitor | Dan Murphy | Posted 09.19.2011 | World

With NATO handing over security control of parts of Afghanistan to local forces today, and with US top commander Gen. David Petraeus's departure from ...

The Death of the Bush Doctrine

Bill Schneider | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics
Bill Schneider

Why are Republicans turning against the Bush Doctrine? Partisanship has something to do with it. Afghanistan has become Obama's war. But there's something going on here besides political expediency.

Advice for a President Hoping for No Change

Frank Dwyer | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

Get troops down to Bush levels by 2012, and then run against Bush!...

President Obama's Drawdown in Afghanistan

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 08.23.2011 | World
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

We do not have a moral responsibility in Afghanistan. As President Obama put it in his speech, "America, it is time to focus on nation-building here at home."

The Afghan Commitment America Needs

Richard N. Haass | Posted 08.23.2011 | World
Richard N. Haass

The president just announced that "it is time to focus on nation-building at home." He is right. This is a strategic investment in our future competitiveness and capacity to lead; it is not isolationist.

Amanda Terkel

Key Senator To Obama: Withdraw At Least 15,000 Troops From Afghanistan

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) has put forward a baseline number of troops that the president must announ...

Obama Expected To Announce Afghanistan Troop Reduction

Los Angeles Times | David S. Cloud and Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times | Posted 08.20.2011 | World

President Obama plans to announce a troop reduction in Afghanistan that Pentagon and other administration officials say is expected to bring home abou...

The Mayors Have Had Enough of These Useless, Costly Wars

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 08.18.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

On Monday, the United States Conference of Mayors is expected to pass a resolution calling for a speedy end of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars so we can use those funds here at home. The mayors are exactly right.

A Groundswell for Significant Afghanistan Withdrawal

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 08.11.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

As President Obama prepares to announce his intentions for how many troops to withdraw from Afghanistan this year, public opinion polls show a significant spike in the number of people who want to see big numbers of troops brought home.

Amanda Terkel

The War No One Wants

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The war in Afghanistan is increasingly becoming the war no one wants. Opposition to the conflict is now mainstream, with the vast ma...

Top Democrat Becomes War Critic

politico.com | DAVID ROGERS | 6/2/11 9:04 PM EDT | Posted 08.03.2011 | Politics

With surprising bluntness, the top House Democrat on defense and appropriations is warning that President Barack Obama can’t ignore the growing “w...

McClatchy: Obama to Renege on Afghan Drawdown

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

If you were going to draw up a list of five things that President Obama could do that would be likely to draw a primary challenge in 2012, throwing the Afghanistan drawdown in the trash would surely be on that list.

Nancy Pelosi, Robert Gates Differ On 2011 Afghanistan Troop Drawdown

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi offered differing visions of the planned drawdown of U.S. troops in ...

Petraeus Quietly Abandons Plans To Begin Afghan Security Handover This Year

The Guardian | Jon Boone | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Plans to begin handing control of provinces in Afghanistan to Afghan security forces by the end of this year have been quietly dropped amid fears amon...

WATCH: Biden Retreats On Afghanistan Drawdown

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden is taking a more cautious approach when it comes to next summer's planned military U.S. troop drawdown in ...

We've Changed Our General, Now It's Time to Change Our Policy in Afghanistan

David Cicilline | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Cicilline

This year alone, American taxpayers will spend $100 billion on our involvement in Afghanistan -- roughly five times more than Afghanistan's GDP. Yet this is a conflict which still has no clear definition of success.

Military: Less Troops In Iraq, More Troops In Afghanistan

Washington Post | Michael Abramowitz, Peter Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With violence on the decline in Iraq but on the upswing in Afghanistan, President Bush is facing new pressure from the U.S. military to accelerate a t...