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Obama Afghanistan Troop Increase

Hillary Clinton Turns Stand-Up Comic: "I'm a Progressive Who Gets Things Done."

Jeff Cohen | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Jeff Cohen

In her speech claiming victory after the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton proclaimed herself "a progressive who gets things done." I had to laugh. And it wasn't just because former President Bill Clinton -- the centrist Triangulator-in-Chief -- was standing behind her, beaming and clapping.

What Did We Get for 381 U.S. Dead Since the Death of bin Laden?

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.02.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

Shouldn't the government have to do a cost-benefit analysis of keeping tens of thousands of U.S. troops in Afghanistan for another two years, given the huge sacrifice involved? Shouldn't that be a public document that outside experts can examine?

Amanda Terkel

John Kerry Breaks With Obama On Afghanistan | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

UPDATE: The Boston Globe has issued a "clarification" to its original story, indicating that Kerry's disagreement with the current Afghanistan war str...

Amanda Terkel

Obama's Af-Pak Review Touts Progress, Lays Framework For Sustained Commitment | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's much-anticipated annual review of the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan is upbeat on progress and reaffirm...

The Long War: Year Ten Lost in the Desert with the GPS on the Fritz

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andrew Bacevich

To measure progress during wartime, Americans once employed pins and maps. Plotting the conflict triggered by 9/11 will no doubt improve your knowledge of world geography, but it won't tell you anything about where this war is headed.

Enough Is Enough: War Chatter From the Oval Office

Jake Diliberto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Diliberto

2010 is the deadliest year thus far in Afghanistan. How much war chatter do Americans have to endure? When does the President call it "game over"?

'THE WEARINESS FACTOR': Nation Losing Patience With Afghanistan A Year Earlier Than Obama Expected

New York Times | DAVID E. SANGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When President Obama announced a new strategy for Afghanistan in December, he argued that by setting a deadline of next summer to begin ...

The Afghanistan Parenthesis [UPDATED]

David Bromwich | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Bromwich

Recent restatements of policy from high-ranking administration officials flatly contradicts what Americans heard the president declare last Tuesday at West Point.

President Obama's Afghanistan Speech a True Capitulation

Charles Butler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Butler

The Obama administration has to stop campaigning to get down to governing. All of the campaign-like speeches are becoming quite transparent to the American people and foreigners alike.

The Afghan Speech Obama Should Give (But Won't)

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

While we don't know what exactly is going through Obama's mind, or just when or in what form he will address us on his plan for the war in Afghanistan, we do know something about what his conclusions are likely to be.

Obama Must Consider His Options in Afghanistan

Raj Purohit | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Raj Purohit

Afghanistan cannot be secured via the military escalation proposed by General McChrystal and endorsed by neoconservatives in recent days.

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.

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.

What Does 30,000 Troops Really Buy Us?

Megan Carpentier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Megan Carpentier

Is a graceful withdrawal and a less unstable puppet government worth more American lives? Are those lives really worth that "success"?

Troop Increases and the Irony of Afghanistan

Kit Gallant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kit Gallant

Is it not ludicrous to imagine that adding soldiers is the appropriate method for achieving our (vague) goals, given that our problems clearly don't stem from a military inferiority?

9/11 in the Shadow of Pearl Harbor

Caroline Myss | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Caroline Myss

If ever there was a war where the lines between good and evil and right and wrong were clearly defined, it was World War II. Is Afghanistan the new face of American war?

Victory at Last! Monty Python in Afghanistan

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Finally, American war commanders have effectively marshaled their forces, outmaneuvering and outflanking the enemy. I'm not talking about Afghanistan. I'm talking about what's happening in Washington.

9/11? Yes, 9/11.

Oliver Willis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Oliver Willis

If you don't support increasing the amount of troops, that is a fine and patriotic position to have, but folks on the Left have got to quit rewriting history by pretending Obama is somehow suddenly a hawk on Afghanistan.

Left, Right & Center: 9/11 Trials, Afghanistan, Asia, Job Summit, Fort Hood

HuffPost Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

What will Obama do in Afghanistan? Without jobs, can Democrats win the next round of elections? And a second look at the Fort Hood massacre.

We Owe It to Our Troops to Bring Hardnosed Realism to Whatever We Ask Them to Do

Rep. David R. Obey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. David R. Obey

I believe we need to more narrowly focus our efforts in Afghanistan and have a much more achievable and targeted policy, or we risk repeating the mistakes of Vietnam and the Russians in Afghanistan.

Too Few Troops, Too Much Spin

Tony Blankley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Blankley

The level of sacrifice necessary to gain safety from the still-gathering threat of radical Islam is beyond current American sensibilities.

Are War Generals Undermining Obama's Command In Afghanistan?

Politico | DAVID ROGERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Implicit in the president's decision is an effective cap of about 100,000 for the American force, but top Democrats fear that unless Obama is more ass...

Here We Go Again

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Scheer

To suggest that the Afghan government will be in seriously better shape 18 months after 30,000 additional U.S. are dispatched is bizarrely out of touch with the strategy of the McChrystal report.

Afghanistan: Obama Drops The Other Shoe

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Reversing himself on Afghanistan would have demanded a kind of courage that has been wholly foreign to Obama. So we are left with an open-ended commitment to an unwinnable war.

Call a Jirga Not a Runoff in Afghanistan

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

If the U.S. and international community are serious about this intervention and having any kind of political success (and less war) in Afghanistan, it should call a Loya Jirga, or a "grand assembly".