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General Petraeus

The McClellan Flip

Sen. Mike Gravel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Mike Gravel

By demoting Petraeus to commander of the Afghan War, Obama may have sowed the seeds of his own political destruction. The President should be parsing the statements in Petraeus' recent media blitz very carefully.

To Solve Afghanistan's Great Game Climb the Hills and Ask

Ehsan Azari Stanizai | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ehsan Azari Stanizai

By placing a high premium on a new political path to victory, General Petraeus turned the Iraqi Sunni population -- the backbone of the insurgency -- against al-Qaida and other anti-Western extremist militants.

Educating for Democracy: Book Burning and "Wagging the Dog"

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joel Shatzky

This was the kind of story that, in saner times, would be relegated to a four-line item at the back of the local paper along with the reported rescue of a treed cat or a description of a Sunday school picnic.

General Petraeus Supports Third World America

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

By the time Petraeus' melded version of foreign and war policy comes to an end, whenever that is, we're guaranteed one thing: There's not going to be much left that's recognizably American about America.

Jones' Bonfire Lights an American Debate

Yoav Sivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Yoav Sivan

This conflict -- between tolerating the intolerant action and the government's responsibility to curb its damage -- is an American dilemma.

Petraeus, Karzai Clash Over Afghan Village Miltias

Washington Post | Joshua Partlow and Karen DeYoung | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As he takes charge of the war effort in Afghanistan, Gen. David H. Petraeus has met sharp resistance from President Hamid Karzai to an American plan t...

Kabul Bank Bailout? Mahmoud Karzai, President's Brother, Calls For U.S. To Shore Up Bank

AP / Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Hamid Karzai's older brother wants the U.S. to guarantee deposits at Afghanistan's largest bank to stop a developing bank run fueled by fears of fraud...

A Speech for Endless War

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

With his commitment to war in Afghanistan, President Obama is propagating an exculpatory view of any and all U.S. war efforts -- as if the immoral can become the magnificent by virtue of patriotic alchemy.

Obama and the Military-Media Complex

Rory O'Connor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rory O'Connor

High military officials and their media accomplices ardently oppose pullouts in Iraq and Afghanistan -- and the president is either unwilling or simply unable to confront them.

Frank Rich: General McChrystal And The 36 Hours That Shook Washington

New York Times | FRANK RICH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Once made the top commander in Afghanistan, the general was kept on long past his expiration date. He should have been cashiered after he took his fir...

McChrystal Clear: When Warriors Are Faced With Politics

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

General McChrystal needed a way out of what was becoming for him an unbearable burden: the conflict between the best interests of his country and the best interests of the soldiers who served under him.

Irresponsible Republican Statements on New York Mosque Endanger American Security

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Every time a Republican "leader" attacks the notion that a mosque be built two blocks from Ground Zero, they legitimize the claims of Bin Laden to young, impressionable Muslims across the world.

Petraeus, Young Officers To Press For Slower Afghan Drawdown

The New York Times | ERIC SCHMITT, HELENE COOPER and DAVID E. SANGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

American military officials are building a case to minimize the planned withdrawal of some troops from Afghanistan starting next summer, in an effort ...

Helicopters for War, but Not Flood Relief?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

If the White House does not bring all assets to bear in response to the flood crisis in Pakistan, it will be passing up an opportunity to show that the US cares more about saving Muslim lives than taking them away.

The US Must Capture the Heart of the Afghans

Ehsan Azari Stanizai | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ehsan Azari Stanizai

History bears evidence that foreign forces in Afghanistan can never prevail unless the local population and a representative local government stand behind it.

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.

Will House Dems Oppose a Jobless War Supplemental?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The war supplemental for Afghanistan is expected to come back from the Senate to the House next week, without any kind of timetable for military withdrawal, and without money to save teachers' jobs.

Petraeus Quietly Abandons Plans To Begin Afghan Security Handover This Year

The Guardian | Jon Boone | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Plans to begin handing control of provinces in Afghanistan to Afghan security forces by the end of this year have been quietly dropped amid fears amon...

Have Guns, Will Travel

George C. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George C. Wilson

What will Obama and Petraeus do if the money-hungry leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan work out a deal with the bad guys and tribal leaders and demand that American troops leave their countries?

Defining Terrorism Without Islam: Obama Versus Petraeus

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rahim Kanani

John Brennan recently revealed a new White House rhetorical policy regarding terrorism: detach all references made to Islam, including any statement that makes mention of al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or any other group.

Afghanistan Is A Catastrophe, But We Will Have To Wait For Post-War Inquiry To Admit It

The Guardian | Simon Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

American congressmen tear their generals apart when fighting stupid wars. The British prefer to avoid embarrassment....

The Petraeus Syndrome

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Engelhardt

Let's say that Petraeus does return to Washington in what, these days, passes for triumph. The question is: So what? Or rather, could success in Afghanistan prove worse for Americans than failure?

Petraeus: Faisal Shahzad Acted Alone

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Times Square bombing suspect apparently operated as a "lone wolf" who did not work with other terrorists, according to the gene...

Balkanizing Pakistan: A Collective National Security Strategy

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

Balkanization does seem like an extreme step at first blush, and perhaps Pakistan should be given another chance. Yet, after considering Pakistan's historic and current relationship with Al Qaeda -- it becomes much easier to justify.

Save Afghanistan? How About America?

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

Barring an open and democratic dialogue about what our military is for in today's world we'll continue to have frustrated Generals and we'll risk more lives.