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Obama Afghanistan Speech

Joshua Hersh

Obama's Afghanistan Speech Well-Received By Afghans Who Want An Enduring American Presence | Joshua Hersh | Posted 05.03.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- By 4 a.m. on Wednesday, the helicopters that had spent much of the night hovering low over the homes in the international part o...

Afghanistan: The Debate We Should Be Having

James Zogby | Posted 08.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

In a real sense, there were no surprises in the president's announcement, or in the reactions. What is troubling, however, is that the debate focused on numbers and dates and not on the war itself and what really needs to be done to end it. In this, I have problems with both sides.

The Way Forward at Home

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Though we may not be leaving Afghanistan completely at the moment, the president is taking the appropriate initial steps.

Amanda Terkel

WATCH: Petraeus Backs Obama On Afghanistan Drawdown | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, told members of Congress Thursday that he backs President Barack Obama's pla...

Joint Chiefs Chairman Criticizes Obama's Troop Withdrawal Plan

AP | By ROBERT BURNS | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military's top officer told Congress on Thursday that President Barack Obama's decision to withdraw up to 33,000 troops from Af...

Obama Afghanistan Plan Sparks Criticism From Both Sides

AP | JULIE PACE and BEN FELLER | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats are leading the criticism of President Barack Obama's plan for withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan, ar...

WATCH: Maddow Not Happy With Obama Speech

Posted 08.23.2011 | Media

Rachel Maddow pronounced herself disappointed by President Obama's Wednesday night speech on Afghanistan, saying it signaled "a further continuation" ...

GOP Presidential Candidates React To Obama's Afghanistan Speech

Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday evening that the United States would begin the process of bringing home thousands of troops stationed in...

Amanda Terkel

Democrats Disappointed With Obama's Afghanistan Speech | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic lawmakers who have been pressing for a sizable and significant withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan almost universally ...

Obama's Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal Speech

Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics

In a speech to the nation Wednesday night, President Barack Obama announced the withdrawal of 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year an...

Amanda Terkel

Obama Announces Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal In Speech To Nation | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a much-anticipated prime time address on Wednesday, President Barack Obama laid out the beginning of the U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan...

Churches Call For U.S. To Pull Out Of Afghanistan

Posted 08.22.2011 | Religion

By Jack Jenkins c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) As President Obama prepared plans to bring a limited number of U.S. troops home fro...

David Wood

After A Decade, Gen. Petraeus' Counterinsurgency Strategy Is Deemed A Failure | David Wood | Posted 08.22.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan signals the beginning of the end for the ambitious counterinsurgen...

Aid, Not War In Afghanistan

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.22.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

We recognize that legitimate ethical and moral issues are at stake in Afghanistan, but we humbly believe there is a better way than war to address these important issues.

Obama Sets Course For Troop Withdrawal In Afghanistan

AP | BEN FELLER and JULIE PACE | Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Beginning to wind down a long and devastating war, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday night he was pulling home 33,000 U.S....

Amanda Terkel

WATCH: John McCain Argues With Democratic Senator About Afghanistan Withdrawal | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One day before President Obama is set to announce the beginning of the troop drawdown in Afghanistan, a Democratic senator is coming out...

President Obama's Flawed Premises In Afghanistan (VIDEO)

Rethink Afghanistan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Obama made a surprise visit to Bagram, Afghanistan, on March 29, 2010, where he met with President Karzai and spoke to American and internat...

Where is the Freedom for Afghan Women?

Charity Tooze | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Charity Tooze

While the current U.S. and Afghanistan governments continue to work to defeat the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, the eight-year-old promise to help relieve the oppression of women and girls has largely gone unmet.

Reporter Took Gun To Obama's West Point Speech, Asked To Leave

TPM LiveWire | Rachel Slajda | December 3, 2009, 3:41PM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

A local reporter attempting to cover President Obama's speech at West Point this week was not allowed in when he told security officials he had a hunt...

Dan Froomkin

Obama's Questions For Obama | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Just under three years ago, when another presidential administration was insisting that its military commitment in a faraway land was not open-ended -...

Obama Afghanistan Speech LIVE: Watch Video, Twitter Analysis

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Follow the Afghanistan hearing live through our curated Twitter lists. Do you know a tweeter who's perfect for one of these lists? Email us at twitter...

Thinking Outside the Box: What Obama Could Have Said

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

If after sending soldiers to wage this war, al Qaeda maintains its foothold, the Taliban is stronger, Afghanistan is more unstable and anti-Americanism is on the rise, why should we expect a better outcome when we do more of the same?

Fox News Wins Obama Afghanistan Speech Ratings

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Fox News handily won the cable news ratings race Tuesday night for President Obama's speech at West Point about sending more troops to Afghanistan. F...

Obama Afghanistan Speech TEXT, VIDEO: Watch West Point Address

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Tuesday, President Obama laid out his Afghanistan war strategy in an address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The president talked about...

The Nine Surges of Obama's War: How to Escalate in Afghanistan

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

What is being portrayed in the media as the surge is but a modest part of an ongoing expansion of the war effort. The media's focus on the president's speech as the crucial moment of decision has distorted what's actually underway.