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David Mckiernan

What's Missing From the Wikileaks Afghanistan Logs

Erica Gaston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Erica Gaston

Addressing civilian harm is now one of ISAF's key counterinsurgency tools, but with the level of accumulated mistrust over the lack of disclosure illustrated by these war logs, it may be coming 9 years too late.

The Fool's Errand

Daniel Bruno Sanz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Bruno Sanz

Change the names, dates and particulars of the Algerian War, the Vietnam War and Soviet war in Afghanistan, and the history of mighty powers recycles itself in Af-Pak-Iraq.

McKiernan 'Embarrassed' By Removal From Top Post In Afghanistan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

General David McKiernan was "dismayed, disappointed, and more than a little embarrassed" when he was ousted as the commander of NATO forces in Afghani...

Going for Broke

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Engelhardt

Afghan commander General McChystal's mentality is undoubtedly a global-war-on-terror one, which translates into no respect for boundaries, restraints, or the sovereignty of others.

What Does Obama's Afghan Command Change Mean?

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

The move from McKiernan to McChrystal also seems to signify an end to nation-building fantasies in Afghanistan.

Obama Makes Afghanistan His War -- Go Barack!

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Wolff

Even George Bush's Iraq adventure, greeted with so much patriotic awe, was given more scrutiny than the Obama Afghanistan build up.

McChrystal Choice Suggests Special Ops Strikes Will Continue

Inter Press Service | Gareth Porter | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Gareth Porter | Inter Press Service WASHINGTON, May 12 (IPS) - The choice of Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal to become the new U.S. commander in Afghanis...

After US Strikes, Afghans Describe "Tractor Trailers Full of Pieces of Human Bodies"

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

As rage spreads in Afghanistan after US bombing that killed up to 130 people, unnamed Pentagon officials are spinning another cover-up. Defiant Obama moves ahead with troop increase.

McKiernan Raises Effort to Win Afghan Hearts and Minds to a New Level

Brandon Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Brandon Friedman

Those who've served on the ground in both Iraq and Afghanistan understand that U.S. troops will never end an insurgency through the use of firepower and rigidity.

McKiernan Gets Control of Disputed U.S. Raids In Afghanistan

Inter Press Service | Gareth Porter | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON, Mar 20 (IPS) - U.S. Special Operations forces in Afghanistan, whose commando raids and airstrikes against suspected Taliban targets have c...

Our Man In Kabul: Backbiting On the Eve of the New Obama Strategy for Afghanistan

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

With the Obama administration's strategic review of the Afghanistan crisis nearly complete -- the report should be out sometime next week -- the Afghan government seems pretty unhappy.

Obama's "Solemn Duty" and His Legacy: Afghanistan

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

Afghanistan is now Obama's war. It's extraordinary pressure for a man who has always been the smartest guy in the room now taking on the hardest war of them all.

US Envoy In Afghanistan To Map Out Surge

The Independent | Kim Sengupta | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Richard Holbrooke arrived in Kabul yesterday with the evidence of the lethal resurgence of the Taliban only too plain to see - the debris from a serie...

Craddock Scandal Rocks NATO

Michael Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Carmichael

Craddock granted a license to kill to every NATO soldier under his command and required the soldiers to perpetrate a massacre of Afghani civilians 'suspected' of involvement in the drug trade.

Kinzer: Surge Diplomacy, Not Troops, in Afghanistan

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

There are knowledgeable voices questioning whether increasing the deployment of U.S. troops to Afghanistan is in our interest, or is in the interest of the Afghan people.

Well-Rehearsed Sarah Still Managed To Scare Me

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Brian Ross

There wasn't much substance coming out of Sarah Palin as she tried her best to avoid answering the questions last night. What did slip out, though, you should truly find frightening.

Huzzah for Governor Palin, On to Richmond! General McClellan Has Arrived in Afghanistan!

Robert Mackey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Mackey

Governor Palin, I know General McKiernan, and he is no George McClellan. I hope that you can learn the difference. Some things cannot be shrugged off with a snarky wink and a winning smile.

McClellan, McKiernan, You Know, One of Those Army Guys...

Brandon Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brandon Friedman

In most cases, this type of oversight on the part of a politician could be dismissed -- maybe even attributed to nerves. But when Afghanistan is exploding and on the verge of failure, details matter.