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Afghanistan Escalation

Afghan Escalation Funding: More War, Fewer Jobs, Poor Excuses

David Swanson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Swanson

Isn't it time to call what Congress will soon vote on by its right name: war escalation funding?

Tom Friedman: Why I Can't Support The Afghan Surge | THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

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... Can the Peace Movement Reach President Obama?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

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.

Jason Linkins

Obama's Exit Strategy Critics Have Argument Exactly Backwards | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

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...

Obama's War and Remembrance Day

Dave Lindorff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Lindorff

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.

We Need a Clean Vote Now on Afghanistan Escalation

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

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.

A Costly Mistake

Malou Innocent | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Malou Innocent

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?"

Obama at the Precipice: Tough Guys Don't Need to Dance in Afghanistan

William J. Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William J. Astore

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.

Fort Carson

Colorado Springs Gazette | TOM ROEDER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

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...

"Lessons in Disaster": If Obama Caves to the Pentagon, He's No Jack Kennedy

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

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.

How to Make Peace With Obama's Speech

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Deepak Chopra

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.

By Sending More Troops To Afghanistan, Obama Will Enable The GOP's Revival

Jason Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jason Rosenbaum

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.

The Nine Surges Of Obama's War

TomDispatch | Posted at 1:03PM on November 24, 2009. | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

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....

Is "Escalation" the Right Word?

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

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.

Team Obama Divided, Public Strongly Opposed, to More Troops in Afghanistan

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

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.

While Obama Escalates War in Afghanistan, Iraq Could Blow Up in His Face

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

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.

Five Myths About the Afghanistan Escalation

Brandon Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Brandon Friedman

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.