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Matthew Hoh

Watch: America's New War in the Middle East

Bill Moyers | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

As Congress skipped town and avoided a vote on war, President Obama announced this week that the US was taking the lead in bombing jihadists in Iraq and Syria, opening what is being widely interpreted as another long and costly American military campaign in the Middle East.

"We Have Become the Kurdish Air Force" -- Former State Department Official Matthew Hoh Makes the Case For Non-Intervention in Iraq

Leighton Woodhouse | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Leighton Woodhouse

Northern Iraq is rich with oil and natural gas and what is playing out is a battle for these resources by the Kurds and Sunnis in the wake of the departure of Baghdad's control and army. In effect we have become the Kurdish Air Force in protecting the gains the Kurds have made since this crisis began in June.

Memo to Potential Whistleblowers: If You See Something, Say Something

Norman Solomon | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Whistleblowers don't sign up to be whistleblowers. Almost always, they begin their work as true believers in the system that conscience later compels them to challenge.

'Endless Wars Overseas, Infringing on Civil Liberties at Home': An Interview on NSA Surveillance With Former State Department Official Matthew Hoh

Leighton Woodhouse | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Leighton Woodhouse

"We shouldn't be surprised that a government establishment that is not being held accountable or in check by any other institution, that is Byzantine in size, structure and purpose, and that receives 25 percent of all government funding is overreaching."

Amanda Terkel

Where's The Afghanistan War's John Murtha? | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Before Nov. 17, 2005, Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) was best known as a conservative Democrat with ties to the defense industry and a penchan...

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...

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

Ending the Wars by 2012?

Tom Hayden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Hayden

Starting from apparently different assumptions, both hawks and doves in the national security world are envisioning comparable troop levels two years from now.

Why Peaceniks Should Care About the Afghanistan Study Group Report

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

They may not be useful for making posters for a demonstration. But for lobbying Congressional staff or making other presentations to people not already on our side, the arguments of the Afghanistan Study Group are likely to be useful.

House Armed Services Committee Must Read Eikenberry's Warning

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Derrick Crowe

It is essential that the members of the House Armed Services Committee read Eikenberry's warnings about the dangers of deepening U.S. military involvement in the Afghanistan war.

Another Letter About Afghanistan the President May Not Be Reading

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Harry Shearer

Following Matthew Hoh's resignation letter comes a missive from William Polk who, like Hoh, finds the only prudent course of action regarding Afghanistan to be a timely removal of troops.

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.

Matthew Hoh Resigns: State Department Official Quits Over Afghan War

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A former Marine who fought in Iraq, joined the State Department after leaving the military and was a diplomat in a Taliban stronghold i...

Ryan Grim

Experts On Afghanistan Doubt Survey On Foreign Occupation: Results Are Impossible | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A new survey of the Afghan people is being touted as evidence that hearts and minds may, in fact, be warming to the U.S.'s military presence, which is...

An Interview With Matthew Hoh

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

If Matthew Hoh could tell you one thing to help you understand the United States' predicament in Afghanistan, it's that the presence of our ground combat troops is not doing anything to defeat al Qaeda.

Keeping Afghanistan Safe from Democracy

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Scheer

The most idiotic thing being said about America's involvement in Afghanistan is that the best way to protect the 68,000 U.S. troops there now is by putting an additional 40,000 in harm's way.

Obama Should Tear Up Matthew Hoh's Afghan War Resignation Letter

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Matthew Hoh told Obama exactly what he needs to hear about Afghanistan: that the war is a failed, flawed, no-win war. That it's a sinkhole for billions of tax dollars and a death trap for US troops.

Matthew Hoh Speaks Grim Truth To Power

Roger Morris | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Roger Morris

Matthew Hoh embodies the bravery America needs in Afghanistan policy-making. Implored by Amb. Eikenberry to stay, he chose to forgo a prized career in order to speak out. We too know that agony.

WaPo Slants Afghan News with Biased News Header

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

The Washington Post is still slanting its news coverage in a way that promotes the assumption that the United States is "combating extremism," rather than fueling it.

Afghanistan--A Voice for the Choice Obama Has Rejected

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Harry Shearer

If there's any consistency to America's foreign policy mistakes since WWII, it's the saga of brilliant men deciding upon wars in countries they barely understand; whose history they ignore--at our peril.

Why I Changed My Mind On Afghanistan

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cenk Uygur

We don't have a viable partner in Afghanistan and we don't have the legitimacy that is essential to rebuilding the country. The Afghans don't view us as their saviors. They view us as the latest intruder in their valley.

Matthew Hoh, Daniel Ellsberg Discuss Aghanistan, Vietnam Wars (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Matthew Hoh and Daniel Ellsberg, recently sat down for a conversation about the war in Afghanistan. Matthew Hoh made headlines late last month when ...

Matthew Hoh Interviewed By Zakaria: 60,000 Troops In Afghanistan Won't Defeat Al Qaida (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Matthew Hoh, a former Marine who served in Iraq, joined Fareed Zakaria on his CNN show today to discuss why he felt compelled to resign his diplomatic...

Senator Kerry Finds A War With Which He Can Flirt

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

If you're looking for the man who once asked, "how do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" you better keep looking. The senator seems to have left him behind.

Ryan Grim

Civilian Casualties Soar; Key Afghan Metric Headed In Wrong Direction | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Civilian deaths in Afghanistan climbed in 2009 to their highest number since the fall of the Taliban, the United Nations says in a recent report. The...