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Who's Really "Relying on Assumptions and Beliefs to Shape Reality" in Afghanistan War Debate?

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

The Afghanistan Study Group report is out, and the fight is on. A number of critiques have been leveled at the report, one of the most influential being Joshua Foust's over at Registan.net.

Obama "Can No More Disown (McChrystal) Than I Can My White Grandmother"

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

Obama made Hillary Clinton his secretary of state, putting all that she said during the campaign behind him. Obama can do the same thing with McChrystal. If he does, he should emerge with a tighter grip on the general.

Fresh Talking Point: Poor Afghanistan, They're Rich!

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

The Afghan minerals report isn't some everyday propaganda trying pitifully to sell a trillion dollar debt-war to a nation of unemployed. This is a very specific talking point explicitly targeting the foreign policy community

The Ill-Logic of the U.S. Predator Drone Campaign

Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould

That the Obama administration continues to believe its response to the "almost" Taliban attack in New York will "soften up" Pakistan's Taliban after 9 years of softening is a bad omen for America.

Yemen: An Alternative Approach to the Challenges Posed by Fragile States

Laura Liswood | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Laura Liswood

Yemen remains the only country in the world to have closed less than 50% of the gender gap, a figure which is deteriorating further each year.

Contemplation of Drone Strikes in Quetta Belies Obama's Claim of Just War

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

The US is rattling a saber about killing people in Quetta, despite all the inevitable civilian death and mass outrage. Such a move would show the shallowness of the "just war" talk in Obama's disgraceful Nobel paean to Mars.

Basic Truths in Hoh Resignation Letter Were True When He Took His Job

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Quigg

The basic grim truths that Matthew Hoh wrote about in his much-quoted resignation letter were all basically true when he took his job a few months ago.

Vested Interests in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

Bruce Riedel at Brookings says we have a vested interest in shoring up Karzai's legitimacy. That's not surprising, given that Riedel certainly has such a vested interest.

Obama's Team Stumbling Into Afghanistan Trap

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Throwing more troops into the mess in Afghanistan is the kind of mistake that the previous administration would make. Obama needs to show that he has learned something of those mistakes.