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Afghanistan Policy

Aid, Not War In Afghanistan

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.22.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

We recognize that legitimate ethical and moral issues are at stake in Afghanistan, but we humbly believe there is a better way than war to address these important issues.

A Subliminal Message from President Obama

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 08.10.2011 | Politics
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

Barack Obama, cool and cerebral, and the opposite of homo braggadocio, was saying -- whether he was fully aware of it or not -- that this was the real "Mission Accomplished" moment.

Dan Froomkin

Obama vs. Obama On Afghanistan: Who Wins? (VIDEO, POLL) | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Back in early 2007, when the Bush administration was insisting that its military intervention in a faraway land was not open-ended, Senator Barack Oba...

Obama's AfPak Conundrum

Saad Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Saad Khan

While there has been no indication by the Obama administration to withdraw forces in 2011, there needs to be an extension of the deadline to achieve the basic goals in Afghanistan.

Questioning Marjah

David Reidy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Reidy

I want Operation Mushtarak in Marjah to succeed, and for the stable and accountable local government that follows to be replicated across Afghanistan. Unfortunately, I just can't see it working.

Afghanistan, "So It Goes"

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

As with Vietnam, the problem in Afghanistan is political, not military. The United States can stay there forever if we want to -- but is it worth it?

Juan Cole: Serial Catastrophes In Afghanistan Threaten Obama Policy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

You probably won't see it in most US news outlets, but on Monday morning in Kabul and Jalalabad, hundreds of university students demonstrated against...

Obama Promises To 'finish The job' In Afghanistan

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — War-weary Americans will support more fighting in Afghanistan once they understand the perils of losing, President Barack Obama dec...

Could Be a Late Night in Partystan

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

"Daddy, have you seen the car keys?" "On the table near the door -- you're going already?" "I'm late -- I told Marisa I'd pick her up on the way ...

Sam Stein

Lieberman: Afghanistan Could Turn Into Post-WWII Germany Being Overrun By Nazis | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the chief proponents for increasing U.S. force levels in Afghanistan argued on Thursday that to pursue any lesser strategy would be the equival...

Our Afghan Money Pit: Goals

Washington Post | Karen DeYoung and Greg Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The United States will not meet its goals in Afghanistan without a major increase in planned spending on development and civilian reconstruction next ...

White House Debate Led To Plan To Widen Effort In Afghanistan

New York Times | HELENE COOPER and ERIC SCHMITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama's plan to widen United States involvement in Afghanistan came after an internal debate in which Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. war...

Editorial: Warning To The US: Beware Treating Afghanistan Like Iraq

The Independent | Patrick Cockburn | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Obama is likely to announce in the coming days that he will withdraw all US combat troops from Iraq by August 2010. Many of these soldiers w...

Sam Stein

Brzezinski: Obama Risks Getting "Bogged Down" In Afghanistan | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama's decision to deploy an additional 17,000 troops to Afghanistan has, as was expected, provoked concern among foreign policy observers ...