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Afghanistan Withdrawal Timetable

Amanda Terkel

Former GOP Senator: 'I Don't Think We Can Afford Afghanistan Much Longer' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A former Republican senator who was once a cabinet choice for President Barack Obama is calling for a quicker withdrawal from Afghanista...

Gates: U.S. Should Stay Involved In Afghanistan

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — The United States is beginning to decide what its responsibilities will be in Afghanistan after U.S. combat troops leave, D...

Amanda Terkel

Poll: 72 Percent Of Americans Want Faster Withdrawal From Afghanistan | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wide majorities of Americans across the political spectrum favor accelerating the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, according ...

Amanda Terkel

Administration Official Won't Say If Combat Troops Will Be Out Of Afghanistan By 2014 | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is holding the door open to having combat troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014, undercutting a promise made by the...

AP: U.S. Reviewing Afghan War Plan To Assess Withdrawal

ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration has begun its review of whether the administration's Afghan war strategy is working well enough to start w...

A House That Votes for Peace: Is There a Path to 218?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

On July 1, 2010, there was a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives which, if you were a Democrat representing a Democratic district, was as revealing of who you are on issues of war and peace as a TSA porno-scanner.

Reform and Realism in Afghanistan's Minerals Sector

Karin Lissakers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Karin Lissakers

Afghanistan faces a storm of challenges in its minerals sector. A major one? The natural resistance of multinationals to invest in a place with serious security concerns.

Amanda Terkel

Joe Biden: We'll Be Out Of Afghanistan By 2014, 'Come Hell Or High Water' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Biden promised Sunday that the United States will withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014, "come hell or high water." Last wee...

Amanda Terkel

Obama's Af-Pak Review Touts Progress, Lays Framework For Sustained Commitment | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's much-anticipated annual review of the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan is upbeat on progress and reaffirm...

Jason Linkins

Progress In Afghanistan Clouded By Conflicting Reports | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The White House is set to release the latest review of President Obama's war strategy in Afghanistan, the results of which, according to White House P...

How to Schedule a War: The Incredible Shrinking Withdrawal Date

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Engelhardt

Practically speaking, the answer to when the Afghan War will be over is: just this side of never. As with any clever time traveler, every date that's set always contains a verbal escape hatch into the future.

When Will We Really Leave Afghanistan, and Why Not Tomorrow?

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ed Koch

Why would anyone think that Afghan forces will ever be combat ready and able to defend their own country against the Taliban?

U.S. Still in Afghanistan in 2014? Obama Say it Ain't So!

Matthew Hoh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

It is imperative that we challenge the administration about their rationales for continuing the current strategy in Afghanistan; they must not be allowed to receive a pass on the upcoming review.

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.

Did Voters Give Republicans a Mandate for More War?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Allow me to try to bring some evidence to bear on Senator McCain's apparent claim that the recent election was a mandate to extend the presence of US troops in Afghanistan.

Is the Pentagon Deliberately "Degrading" Afghanistan's Capacity for Peace?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Since the policy of military escalation has failed, according to the U.S. government's own assessments, we should expect to see a fundamental change in policy. Right?

The Taliban Might Negotiate, Even if They Think They're Winning

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

What's generally missing from the frequent assertion, "The Taliban will not negotiate if they think they're winning" is any specific information about the Taliban that would allow us to draw this conclusion.

Can the U.S. Negotiate Peace in Afghanistan?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

There is always the danger, from the point of view of those who oppose any compromise, that compromise might not be so impossible to achieve as they have been trying to make everyone believe.

Iraq/Afghanistan: A Promise Kept, a Promise Deferred

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

The Iraq war is not over. This is not a left-wing critique. The consensus of the mainstream U.S. print media is that the 50,000 U.S. troops who remain there have been rebranded from "combat" brigades to "advise-and-assist" brigades.

Why Should the Senate Fund 'Enduring' U.S. Military Bases in Afghanistan?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

The Pentagon's plans are motivated more by a long-term goal of projecting U.S. military power in the region than anything to do with the story about building up Afghan forces so we can leave.

Marine Corps Head Says Afghan Withdrawal Date 'Probably Giving Our Enemy Sustenance'

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — It will likely be a few years before Afghanistan is secure enough for the U.S. Marines to leave, Commandant Gen. James Conway said ...

Is David Petraeus a 'Lying Liar' About the Drawdown?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

No reporter has asked Mr. Petraeus during his current media tour about the contradiction between his current advocacy for delaying the withdrawal and his "Yes, sir" under explicit questioning that he would not ask for more time.

Petraeus Plan

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Five Absurd Things That Simply Can't Happen in Wartime Washington

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

What if Washington declared a ceasefire in Afghanistan, expressed a desire to withdraw all its troops from the country in good order and at a reasonable pace, and then just left?

Jason Linkins

U.S. Expands Its Footprint At Bagram Air Force Base | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sometime around the spring of 2011, lawmakers will begin to ramp up a debate on whether or not the United States should begin withdrawing forces from ...