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Obama Afghanistan Strategy

The Spoils of War

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 09.11.2013 | World
Siddharth Chatterjee

The damages of war go far beyond what we once believed; society has now reached an understanding about the kind of moral, communal and psychological toll war can have on the soldiers, their family, community and even country.

Green on Blue

Ann Jones | Posted 05.08.2012 | World
Ann Jones

As things stand today, as International Women's Day is celebrated around the world, women in Afghanistan contemplate the withdrawal of some American and NATO troops with both relief and fear.

Would You Pledge $20.14 to End the War in Afghanistan?

Robert Naiman | Posted 12.18.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Last weekend marked another grim new milestone for the war in Afghanistan: more than twice as many U.S. troops have been killed in Afghanistan since President Obama took office than in the eight years Bush was president.

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.

Withdrawing From Afghanistan

Joshua Gleis | Posted 08.21.2011 | World
Joshua Gleis

The United States will undoubtedly withdraw from Afghanistan at some time in the future, and it can either choose to do so under its own realistic timeline, or continue to push it off until it realizes it cannot meet unrealistic goals.

Amanda Terkel

Administration Official Won't Say If Combat Troops Will Be Out Of Afghanistan By 2014

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

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.

Afghanistan: The End Is Near, and We've Been There Before

Geoffrey Wawro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Geoffrey Wawro

Julian Assange has done America a service by releasing the new "Pentagon Papers" on Afghanistan. He reveals to a citizenry that has been left in the dark about the true nature of the war just what is going on.

David Wood: Obama Has No Afghanistan Benchmarks, Endpoint, Political Strategy

Politics Daily | David Wood | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Afghan President Karzai's meetings in Washington this week ended with no sign of a badly needed joint political strategy to buttress the U.S.-led mili...

America's Stranded Armies

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

In the AfPak theater it is impossible to say what is Washington's objective. Short of a massive force expansion, the ignominious end seems likely to come soon, for political rather than military reasons.

Obama's Afghanistan Coverage Spin: The White House 'Tick-Tock'

Politics Daily | Walter Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

No group can possibly be as smug as presidential advisers after a major national security decision has been announced. Anyone who was ever allowed in...

Obama's War Strategy Has Echoes Of Bush

AP | JENNIFER LOVEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — It feels like 2007 all over again. Different war, different president, but "surge" is back in vogue. President Barack Obama's reva...

Does Obama Have A 'Credibility Gap' On Afghanistan?

Mother Jones | David Corn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama is still working on his big decision: what to do about the Afghanistan war? On Wednesday, he held another Situation Room strate...

Obama "60 Minutes" Interview: We'll Know By 2010 If Afghanistan Strategy Is Working

AP/ The Huffington Post | By STEVE R. HURST | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Scroll down to watch President Obama on "60 Minutes" WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says he'll know by the end of 2010 if his Afghan strateg...

How Obama Homed In On Timeline For Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal

The Los Angeles Times | Christi Parsons and Julian E. Barnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It started out as a projection from the military, intended only for the ears of the president and his top advisors. But in a war council meeting at th...

Obama Promises To 'finish The job' In Afghanistan

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — War-weary Americans will support more fighting in Afghanistan once they understand the perils of losing, President Barack Obama dec...

Anti-War Activists Reawakened By Obama Afghanistan Decision

Politics Daily | Shahzad Chaudhary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sitting in the front row at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, directly in sight of committee Chairman John Kerry, two women discreetly hel...

Is Obama Bullshi*tting About 18 Month Afghan Withdrawal to Appease War Critics?

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Those of us who worked to elect Obama owe those young cadets something better than the continuation of the George Bush long-war strategy that Obama is offering them.

Obama's Afghan War Plan: Nine Key Points

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The basic details of President Obama's new Afghanistan strategy have been slowly emerging over the last 2 days, providing an increasingly clear pictur...

Obama Narrows Afghan Strategy To 4 Possible Options

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE — The White House says President Barack Obama has narrowed down his decision for an Afghanistan strategy to four options. ...

Why the Afghan War was a Mistake -- And Why that Matters

Daniel Denvir | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Denvir

By sending 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, President Obama has made a tragic mistake that could define, and undermine, his entire presidency. Ending the war is, of course, more important than quibbling over its beginning.

Obama Afghanistan Timeline No Guarantee Of Troop Withdrawal

Politics Daily | Patricia Murphey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On the day after President Obama laid out his new Afghanistan strategy, the question of when American troops would leave the country quickly drew the ...

Obama Calls War Council Together For Meeting On Afghanistan

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama called his war council together Monday as he moves toward a decision on whether to add more U.S. forces in A...

Obama's Clinical Trial on Afghanistan

Sam Isaac Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Isaac Edwards

Walking the streets of this ancient and haunting city, imbibing its culture and recalling its history, one can easily recognize why it suffers from a condition that can only be described as "perpetual dysfunction."

McChrystal's Afghanistan Plan Remains Unchanged After Review

The Washington Post | Rajiv Chandrasekaran and Greg Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When he finishes testifying on Capitol Hill this week, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, will return to Kabu...