Isn't it time to call what Congress will soon vote on by its right name: war escalation funding?
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Let me start with the bottom line and then tell you how I got there: I can't agree with President Obama's decision to escalate in Afghanistan. I'd pre...
Congress fights over whether we can "afford" to provide every American with quality health care, but every health care reform proposal on the table will likely cost less than McChrystal's endless war.
The narrative that seems to be emerging from the most bellicose critics of last night's speech by President Barack Obama is that his setting a start d...
It is, I would suggest, time for progressives to start searching for a serious, gutsy, plain-speaking candidate to challenge Obama for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2012.
Already, President Obama has ordered Marine units to be deployed later this month. If Congress waits for months to debate the issue, most of the new troops may already be in place.
Barack Obama's announcement last night that he will deploy another 30,000 troops reminded me of what John Kerry said in 1971: "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?"
By continuing the war in Afghanistan, Obama will likely ensure himself a one-term presidency, and someday be seen as a man like LBJ whose biggest dreams broke upon the shoals of an unwinnable war.
President Obama's Afghanistan plan was met in Colorado Springs Tuesday by a mix of cheers and protests.
And for local GIs, it may bring relief afte...
You don't have to be a dove to understand what President Kennedy understood: putting U.S. troops on the ground somewhere doesn't automatically make you more powerful.
In order to move on, I think we have to make peace with Obama's speech and the decisions he made. To do that, here are the salient points.
Republicans are poised to cement their complete opposition to everything Obama and reap a huge political win by twisting their political principles to oppose further escalation of troops in Afghanistan.
In his Afghan "surge" speech at West Point last week, President Obama offered Americans some specifics to back up his new "way forward in Afghanistan....
Seeking an alternative to the word "escalation" to describe U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, I asked deployed or recently back friends and they each offered a different answer.
Since we're all about promoting democracy, let's have some democracy here. Since the American people are opposed to sending more troops to Afghanistan, let's not do it.
There is great reason to suspect that the timeline for withdrawal -- all troops out by 2011 -- announced in February by the Obama administration will prove to be a fallacy.
If we're going to win back the Afghans' support, then we need to show them that we can protect them from the Taliban -- something that will clearly take more troops -- both U.S. and Afghan.
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