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Obama War in Afghanistan

The U.S. Drone War You Don't Know About

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 08.07.2014 | World

It is no secret that the U.S. has resorted to using unmanned drones to bomb targets in countries like Yemen, Afghanistan and Pakistan in the past year...

How to End Afghanistan War: Negotiate With Taliban

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics
Nake M. Kamrany

President Obama's magnanimous decision to gain the freedom of U.S SGT Bowe Bergdahl after five years captivity in exchange for five Taliban Guantana...

8,000 Sacrifices and Counting -- Forgetting So Soon?

Jane Horton | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Jane Horton

Why do we live in an America where we refuse to acknowledge the losses we have suffered, the men and women who have given their lives, and the blood and treasure that has been sacrificed to water the tree of liberty?

The Genesis of Peace for Afghanistan

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics
Nake M. Kamrany

We have no purpose to be in Afghanistan for one more day or shed the blood of one more American soldier, kill one more innocent villager or spend one million dollars to kill one more Taliban.

Afghanistan War Is Not a Just War

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 07.06.2013 | World
Nake M. Kamrany

How do these costs measure up against the benefits of the war? What benefits were there for the United States in Afghanistan war? How did the security of the United States improve by occupying numerous villages or imprisoning thousands of Pushtun villages in Afghanistan?

Counting Down to 2014 in Afghanistan

Ann Jones | Posted 03.29.2013 | World
Ann Jones

Despite all the experiments in styles of war-making, the American military and its coalition partners have ended up in the same place: stalemate. Only one thing is certain in 2014: it will be a year of American military defeat.

WATCH: Obama Reveals Timetable For End Of Afghanistan War

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the war in Afghanistan winding down after 11 years, President Barack Obama says the time is right for U.S. forces to let Afghans do...

Pushing Obama's Arc Toward Peace

Medea Benjamin | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

The peace movement, decimated during the first Obama term because so many people were unwilling to be critical of President Obama, has a challenge today to re-activate itself, and to increase its effectiveness by forming coalitions with other sectors of the progressive movement.

Shots of War: Photojournalist's Striking Images Offer Rare Look at the War in Afghanistan

Greg Archer | Posted 12.26.2012 | World
Greg Archer


How to Forget on Memorial Day

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Quiz Americans and a surprising number undoubtedly won't have thought about the "memorial" in Memorial Day at all -- especially now that it's largely a marker of the start of summer and an excuse for cookouts.

America's 23-Year War

Anthony Gregory | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Anthony Gregory

Obama has long claimed that he would bring an end to the war will end by 2014, which is still way too long to wait. As for sticking around for another 12 years, the very idea should be maddening to anyone.

The Afghan Syndrome

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.10.2012 | World
Tom Engelhardt

While the Afghan War has always had its many non-Vietnam aspects -- geographical, historical, geopolitical, and in terms of casualties -- anyone could have had a Vietnam field day with the present situation.

Radio-in-a-Box: Afghanistan's New Warrior-DJs

Sam Jacobson | Posted 09.12.2011 | World
Sam Jacobson

Our civil affairs Marine needed to speak with the sharwal (town mayor) at our base, Combat Outpost (COP) Rankel, and a public radio message was the best way to get him there. There's no tweeting in Safar, Garmser District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Barack Gorbachev: Adjusting To The Global Reality

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 08.27.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

Like Gorbachev, Obama and much of the foreign policy establishment in Washington seem to cling to the fantasy that the U.S. can muddle through towards victory in Afghanistan.


Terence Smith | Posted 08.23.2011 | World
Terence Smith

There was no way that President Obama could win with his speech last night on Afghanistan. His compromise drawdown -- 10,000 U.S. troops by the end ...

Amanda Terkel

Key Senator To Obama: Withdraw At Least 15,000 Troops From Afghanistan | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) has put forward a baseline number of troops that the president must announ...

Why President Obama Should End the Afghanistan War

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Obama recognized that the Iraq war was an ugly and shameful page in U.S. history and that millions of Americans were furious and frustrated by it. The same can be said of the Afghan war. The DNC said as much.

Obama's War Review Says Taliban, Al-Qaida Have Been Diminished

AP/The Huffington Post | BEN FELLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's expansion of the war in Afghanistan has eroded the power of the al-Qaida terrorists who attacked Amer...

Dan Froomkin

Major Anti-War Protest Planned | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Even as President Obama on Thursday attempts to put a good face on the war in Afghanistan, Vietnam-era whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and several dozen...

General Petraeus Supports Third World America

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

By the time Petraeus' melded version of foreign and war policy comes to an end, whenever that is, we're guaranteed one thing: There's not going to be much left that's recognizably American about America.

Afghanistan War Initiative Losing Support From Liberal Lawmakers

POLITICO | Jonathan Allen and Marin Cogan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As President Barack Obama reaffirms his Afghanistan policy, he's also emboldening critics in Congress who think he should use a shakeup in commanding ...

The Generals' Revolt

Rolling Stone | Robert Dreyfuss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In early October, as President Obama huddled with top administration officials in the White House situation room to rethink America's failing strategy...

It May Have Been a Nobel Peace Prize Speech, but Obama Is No Pacifist

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

This was a supremely realistic statement about the presence of evil in the world, the limitations of international institutions, the need to talk to tyrants, and the unavoidability of war.

Religion Must Be Part of the Solution in Afghanistan

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

We do have a moral responsibility -- not to mention a strategic interest -- in not abandoning the Afghan people. Now we must engage religion to be part of the solution.

Caution: Surge Ahead ... and Slide Back

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

It seems that we've taken yet another step backward with this new headlong offensive aimed at "peace and prosperity" -- and no amount of linguistic manipulation toward "forward movement" can effectively counter that actuality.