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One Year After Escalation, Afghanistan War Still Faltering

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rep. Mike Honda

We cannot afford an endless war in Afghanistan. We need a responsible end to the war so we can focus on getting our economy back on track. Let's bring our troops home -- because it's time.

Memorials to Purposelessness

Matthew Hoh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matthew Hoh

On this anniversary of Operation Moshtarak and the "official" escalation of the Afghan War, we must continue to argue for a new course forward for the United States in Afghanistan.

On Anniversary of Marjah Push, Escalation Strategy Still Failing

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Derrick Crowe

Today is the one-year anniversary of the launch of the escalated military strategy in Afghanistan. It's clear from the last 12 months that the escalation strategy is a failure. It's time to come home.

Obama's War, One Year Later: 195 Million Say No to War

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

Next month will mark the one-year anniversary of the launch of President Obama's escalated military campaign in Afghanistan. One year later, violence is still getting worse and costs are skyrocketing.

Battle Tanks for Afghanistan: Will They Do Any Good?

Saad Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Saad Khan

It is true that Americans are desperate to flush out the Taliban and their patience is running thin, however it is not a good idea to wipe out an entire village and further escalate the public backlash.

The New York Times Hypes the Afghanistan War, Again

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Derrick Crowe

The New York Times just published a story that could not include more Pentagon talking points if it were written by General David Petraeus himself.

Afghanistan: We're Here Because We're Here Because...

Doug Sarro | Posted 05.26.2011 | World
Doug Sarro

Even if we achieved the goal we are apparently trying to achieve in Afghanistan--victory over the Taliban--it wouldn't put an end to international terrorism&mdash. It likely wouldn't even put a dent in it.

How Much Influence Does the U.S. Have in Afghanistan?

David Reidy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Reidy

COIN doctrine cannot be implemented according to any book, and the notion that there is a "right" way to do COIN which guarantees success is a fallacy.

Five Reasons to Withdraw From Afghanistan Sooner Rather Than Later

Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Doug Sarro

McChrystal's dirty laundry is the least of President Obama's problems. In the face of rapidly rising violence throughout the country, Obama needs to decide how quickly to withdraw U.S. troops from the country.

Jason Linkins

Rolling Stone McChrystal Profile: Editor Surprised It Became 'Story Of The Day' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I imagine that Rolling Stone now understands that the White House will respond very quickly the next time the commander in charge of our controversial war puts the entire operation in jeopardy over some ill-advised sass talk.

Jason Linkins

Rolling Stone McChrystal Profile: Mag Fails To Capitalize On Its Own Story | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Earlier this morning, Rolling Stone executive editor Eric Bates took note of the dismissal of the civilian press aide who set up the interview between...

Jason Linkins

Stanley McChrystal Under Fire: What Does It Mean For Counterinsurgency Strategy? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Is it possible to even contemplate McChrystal being removed from his command? My instincts tell me that we're about to endure a fancy bit of White House shame-pageantry: McChrystal comes hat in hand, he and the President have a heart-to-heart, and in the end, everyone gets back to work. That's how I see it playing out if only because McChrystal has essentially become the living avatar of counterinsurgency strategy itself.

McChrystal's Rolling Stone Interview: Quotes, Comments About Obama And Colleagues (SLIDESHOW)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Gen. Stanley McChrystal's candid Rolling Stone interview prompted the White House to summon McChrystal, the most senior military commander in Afghanis...

Petraeus Not the Only One Fatigued by Afghanistan

Malou Innocent | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Malou Innocent

At a Senate hearing on Tuesday, it became glaringly obvious that "success" in Afghanistan, if it's even still achievable, will take far longer than July 2011.

Getting Behind the Fraud in Afghanistan

Conn Hallinan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Conn Hallinan

Ultimately, Afghans must decide the future of Afghanistan.

Taliban Retake Control, Momentum In Northern Marjah

New York Times | Richard A. Oppel Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Since their offensive here in February, the Marines have flooded Marja with hundreds of thousands of dollars a week. ... The approach helped tur...

AfPak News, June 2: U.N. Official Says U.S. Should End Drone Attacks In Pakistan

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Afghan police not up to the job in Marjah. The poor performance of an elite cadre of officers deployed to Marjah has cast doubt on the Afghan police's...

McChrystal Calls Marjah 'Bleeding Ulcer' In Afghan Campaign

McClatchy | Dion Nissenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MARJAH, Afghanistan -- Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top allied military commander in Afghanistan, sat gazing at maps of Marjah as a Marine battal...

Want to Buy Some Opium?

David Reidy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Reidy

Afghan government must protect farmers from Taliban violence, stop participating in the drug trade, and encourage the growth of a diversity of legal crops.

Conservative Historian: Afghanistan Choice 'Like A Joke'

Rethink Afghanistan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Andrew J. Bacevich, professor of international relations at Boston University, pushes back against the idea that U.S. and allied forces can deliver "g...

Beware the Afghan Dependency Paradox

Jeff Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeff Schneider

If local governments are tied to the Karzai regime, and the Karzai regime's legitimacy stems from US financial, logistical, and military support, will the US ever be able to leave Afghanistan without the central government folding?

If One Phone Call Could End the War

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

In the next few days the House of Representatives is expected to debate and vote on a "privileged resolution" that would establish a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

Compensation for Afghan Civilians is Much More than Money

Chris Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Rogers

The bargaining and cold calculation of compensation may be unfamiliar and even unsettling to many of us. But for Afghans, it is part of their traditional culture.

Building a House in Afghanistan

David Reidy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Reidy

This is clearly not the way to build a house. Unfortunately, if you'll forgive the somewhat strained Friedman-esque analogy, this is exactly what the U.S. is doing in Afghanistan.

Nicholas Sabloff & Nico Pitney

AT WAR: Pakistan To Give Baradar To Afghans | Nicholas Sabloff & Nico Pitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

We are blogging the latest news about America's war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Email us at AfPak [at] Follow Nico on Twitter; fo...