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Afghanistan Withdrawal Timetable

Afghan President: U.S. Should 'Re-Examine' Pullout Deadline

Reuters | Peter Cooney | Posted 01.04.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that the United States might want to "re-examine"...

"I Love You, But I'm Leaving": Afghanistan's Alimony

Sonia Pinto | Posted 09.05.2012 | World
Sonia Pinto

At May's NATO summit in Chicago, some points were made clear. Afghans have two years to get their act together, backtrack, and tastefully re-embrace participatory politics. So what happens if they don't?

On Afghanistan, the Pentagon Has Lost the American People

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Until now the Administration has gotten away with a having a two-faced policy: presented to the American people as a timetable for withdrawal, but understood by the Pentagon and the Republican leadership as allowing tens of thousands of U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan forever.

Max J. Rosenthal

British Lawmaker Warns Afghanistan Could 'Explode' | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 05.17.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- With early troop removals by key contributors to the war in Afghanistan, military factors have dominated war news over the past few week...

Max J. Rosenthal

Public Opinion Blocked On Afghan War | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 05.11.2012 | Politics

While public opinion has turned firmly against the war in Afghanistan, falling to another all-time low in an Associated Press poll on Wednesday, Repub...

Against War and Austerity, Hollande Is Right and Obama Should Agree

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.08.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

A common Obama-Hollande front on ending the war and ending European austerity would be in the interest of the American 99%, the European 99%, and the Afghan 99%.

What Did We Get for 381 U.S. Dead Since the Death of bin Laden?

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.02.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

Shouldn't the government have to do a cost-benefit analysis of keeping tens of thousands of U.S. troops in Afghanistan for another two years, given the huge sacrifice involved? Shouldn't that be a public document that outside experts can examine?

Poll Shows Unexpected Trouble For Romney On Afghanistan

The Huffington Post | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 04.19.2012 | Politics

During the Republican primary season, Mitt Romney strongly criticized President Obama's "failed leadership" on Afghanistan and support for a timetable...

Max J. Rosenthal

NATO Denies Major War Policy Changes | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 04.19.2012 | World

BRUSSELS -- In Brussels, the more things change, the more they stay the same. On Tuesday, the day before NATO's defense and foreign ministers met a...

Democrat Changes Position On Afghanistan, Calls For Speedier Withdrawal

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) has long been a solid supporter of keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan, having visited the war zone seven ti...

Max J. Rosenthal

Senator Presses For Speedier Afghanistan Withdrawal | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Monday urging him to accelerate the American withdrawal from A...

On Afghanistan: Are We Prepared for Saigon 1975 All Over Again?

Steven Kurlander | Posted 05.19.2012 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

We need to remember the tragic consequences of withdrawing too early from South Vietnam, which also involved very similar circumstances that now exist today in Afghanistan.

Obama and Karzai Talk, but the Fate of 3000 U.S. Prisoners in Afghanistan Remains a Mystery

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.16.2012 | World
Daphne Eviatar

President Obama is surely negotiating U.S. troop withdrawal carefully so as to keep U.S. soldiers from facing unnecessary risks. He should take the same care with the lives of Afghans.

Time to Get the F*#@ Out

Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 05.13.2012 | World
Daniel N. Nelson

We overthrew the Taliban regime for a good reason more than a decade ago. But there is no longer a good reason -- or a moral cause -- for killing innocents, alienating Islam, and the deaths of Americans or other allied forces.

Green on Blue

Ann Jones | Posted 05.08.2012 | World
Ann Jones

As things stand today, as International Women's Day is celebrated around the world, women in Afghanistan contemplate the withdrawal of some American and NATO troops with both relief and fear.

WaPo: Sneaky Persians Menace Pentagon's Noble Aim to Keep U.S. Troops in Afghanistan Forever

Robert Naiman | Posted 03.10.2012 | Media
Robert Naiman

The Post story is quite instructive, even if it is not exactly "news" in the common sense of the term.

Foreign Minister Rassoul of Afghanistan: "Afghanistan is no longer a source of terrorism"

Elisabeth Braw | Posted 01.08.2012 | World
Elisabeth Braw

Zalmai Rassoul's calm nature serves him well in what may be the world's hardest Foreign Minister post. Ten years after the invasion of Afghanistan, he negotiates with countries eager to get their soldiers back

Would You Pledge $20.14 to End the War in Afghanistan?

Robert Naiman | Posted 12.18.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Last weekend marked another grim new milestone for the war in Afghanistan: more than twice as many U.S. troops have been killed in Afghanistan since President Obama took office than in the eight years Bush was president.

We, the 99%, Demand the End of the Wars Now

Robert Naiman | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

A key lesson from Iraq for Afghanistan is this: we can force the Pentagon to eat a timetable for military withdrawal, and once we've forced them to eat it, we have the ability to force them to keep it down.

It's Time to End America's Longest War

Rep. Tammy Baldwin | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Rep. Tammy Baldwin

After a decade of fighting, more than 2,700 coalition lives lost, and nearly half a trillion dollars spent (the equivalent of five years' worth of the federal budget for infrastructure), this has become a war without a mission -- and, thus, a war we cannot afford to continue.

Ending Wars on Time Would Save $200 Billion, 1/6 of Debt Reduction Goal

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Will a Super Committee plan that we will spend zero money in 2021 on occupying Afghanistan and Iraq be faulted as "not supporting the troops"? I'd love to see that. Bring it on.

Amanda Terkel

Three Senators Call For Afghanistan Withdrawal By End Of 2012 | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two Democratic senators and one Republican senator are calling for the removal of all regular combat troops from Afghanistan by the end ...

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.

Buying Time in Afghanistan

Will Marshall | Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

President Obama is taking heat for announcing troop withdrawals last night without clarifying U.S. war aims in Afghanistan. Yet his basic strategy couldn't be clearer. It is to depart Afghanistan gradually -- a fighting withdrawal.

The Way Forward at Home

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Though we may not be leaving Afghanistan completely at the moment, the president is taking the appropriate initial steps.