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Obama Afghanistan Troop Increase

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.

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.

Obama Will Not "Rush" Afghanistan Troop Decision

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON and ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Despite Republican pressure to act quickly, President Barack Obama says he won't rush his decision about whether to send mo...

Leadership, Obama Style, and the Looming Losses in 2010: Pretty Speeches, Compromised Values, and the Quest for the Lowest Common Denominator

Drew Westen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Drew Westen

Obama doesn't need a chief of staff. He needs someone to shake him until he feels something strongly enough to not just to talk about it but to act. He's increasingly appearing to the public like Dukakis without the administrative skill.

The Best and Brightest of the Obama Administration

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

In a few days Obama will travel to Oslo, Norway to accept the Nobel Prize. One cannot help but feel, on the heels of this new Afghanistan stance, that he'll be coming into town for his peace prize with guns blazing.

Doing More... to Do Less

Richard N. Haass | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard N. Haass

Obama is working to persuade the American people that our interests in Afghanistan are worth sacrificing for, while he places a ceiling on what the United States is prepared to do. Therein lies the dilemma.

Afghanistan -- the Sisyphus War

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

As Albert Camus once said, "The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back o...

Garry Wills: Obama Buying Second Term With Lives of Young Americans

New York Review Of Books | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I am told by people I respect that Barack Obama cannot pull out of both Iraq and Afghanistan without becoming a one-term president. I think that may b...

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.

Obama's Surge

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Margolis

What Obama should really have been concerned with was Osama bin Laden's vow to first bleed the US in Afghanistan and Iraq, then break America's domination of the Muslim world by luring it into a final battle in Pakistan.

Obama's Dilemma in Afghanistan

Jerome Slater | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jerome Slater

If the military gets what it wants and the tide turns in Afghanistan, Obama will get the credit; if it doesn't, at least the Democrats can say they gave the armed forces what they said they needed.

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.

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".

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.