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Petraeus "Understands the Frustration" With Spending "Enormous Amounts of Money," But He'll Keep Spending It If You Let Him

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

News flash: if you can't turn the war effort around with 30,000 more troops at a cost of $1 million per troop, per year, maybe the military solutions aren't solutions after all.

David Wood

Petraeus, Polls Disagree On Afghan War Progress

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- Frustrated American military officers and civilian officials working in Afghanistan are increasingly questioning the U.S. war strategy, ...

Amanda Terkel

Kirsten Gillibrand's Big Afghanistan Announcement

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While President Obama has said that U.S. combat forces will begin leaving Afghanistan in July 2011 and be fully out by 2014, the pace of...

Petraeus, McCain Continue Afghanistan War Spin, But No One Buys It (Nor Should They)

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

General Petraeus and McCain can try to spin the situation in Afghanistan all they want, but the fact is that their counterinsurgency gamble failed, and the American people want our troops out, pronto.

Petraeus Is Focusing on the Wrong Body Count in Afghanistan

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

Instead of focusing on metrics that matter, U.S. officials have decided to trumpet enemy body count. Apparently, the number of dead insurgents, not civilians, is now the barometer for determining the campaign's efficacy.

Pentagon Assertions of "Progress" In Afghanistan Are a Bad Joke

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Derrick Crowe

The latest Petraeus/Gates media tour is under way in preparation for the general's testimony to Congress next week, and they're trotting out the same, tired spin they've been using since McChrystal was replaced in disgrace last year.

Reagan-Era Defense Official Proposes Failed Vietnam Strategy for Afghanistan

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

Bing West's archaic solutions are highly unlikely to show anyone how to get out of Afghanistan; however, they do have quite the potential to pave a road to perpetual war.

Afghanistan War Not Worth the Burning of Children and Treasure

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

With our money fueling the insurgency and our killing of civilians driving more people to join the Taliban's side every week, it's little wonder that the insurgency continues to grow in size and sophistication.

General Petraeus and ISAF, Blaming the Victims Again?

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

Petraeus reportedly engaged in an attempt to deflect blame for an alleged civilian casualty event, suggesting Afghan parents burned their own children to incriminate international forces. Has he lost his mind?

On Anniversary of Marjah Push, Escalation Strategy Still Failing

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Derrick Crowe

Today is the one-year anniversary of the launch of the escalated military strategy in Afghanistan. It's clear from the last 12 months that the escalation strategy is a failure. It's time to come home.

Obama's War, One Year Later: 195 Million Say No to War

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

Next month will mark the one-year anniversary of the launch of President Obama's escalated military campaign in Afghanistan. One year later, violence is still getting worse and costs are skyrocketing.

'Recipes For Disaster': Military Leaders Question Program Costing Billions In Iraq, Afghanistan

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

But in many cases, such as that of the Jadriyah Lake park, the investments under the plan, known as the Commander's Emergency Response Program, have c...

Amanda Terkel

Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers Wants Gen. Petraeus To Testify On Afghanistan

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's the rare issue that unites Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), but the call for Gen. David Petraeus to testify...

What the President Won't Say About Afghanistan

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

The United States should immediately begin the political and diplomatic process necessary to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

Afghan War Review: U.S. Policy Needs an Indigenous Overhaul

Khalil Nouri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Khalil Nouri

The current strategy in Afghanistan is so flawed, primarily due to a lack of feedback from native Afghans, that it's beyond "tweaking." It's in need of an entirely new indigenous remedy.

Failure, Not Progress, in Afghanistan

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

The Obama administration is kidding itself if it thinks the American people will buy its latest attempted whitewash of the failure of the escalation strategy in Afghanistan.

Pundits Punch and Congress Cowers: Bill Bans All Gitmo Prisoner Transfers for Trial

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

It would almost be funny that lawmakers give more credit to the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Liz Cheney and alarmist Fox News anchors than to their own retired senior military leaders -- but only if the consequences weren't so serious.

Spinning Wikileaks

Robert Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert Weller

The current spin is that Wikileaks has broken up because of discontent with Julian Assange. Another way to look at plans to set up OpenLeaks is that it is flanking operation.

Amanda Terkel

Petraeus Aide: If Troops Don't Like DADT Repeal, They Should Leave The Service

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A senior aide to David Petraeus, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, is out with a strong statement in support of repealing Don't A...

Dan Froomkin

Petraeus Indicates 2014 Afghanistan Deadline Not A 'Sure Thing'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Gen. David Petraeus's admission that a U.S. victory in Afghanistan is not a "sure thing" by 2014 is the latest indication that the Obama administratio...

Petraeus Not 'Sure' Of Afghan Victory By 2014

AP / The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The American commanding general in Afghanistan says he is not "sure" of victory by 2014. Army Gen. David Petraeus told ABC News in...

Christmas in Portland: Occupying Afghanistan Does Not Make America Safer

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

Many terrorism experts have claimed most of the 9/11 planning took place in Hamburg and not Afghanistan; thus, it's fair to wonder why the U.S. is not conducting night raids in Germany.

Afghanistan: Last Tango in Lisbon

Khalil Nouri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Khalil Nouri

NATO's meeting to build political consensus across the alliance for the post-2011 phase of "gradually" handing over security responsibilities to the A...

COIN: A Smashing Success?

Nick Mills | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nick Mills

Our mission should be aimed at empowering the Afghans, not overpowering them. And that doesn't mean simply empowering the Afghan military.

Delaying an Afghanistan Drawdown Is Political and Policy Suicide

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

By moving away from 2011 Afghan withdrawal date, President Obama will have shown that he can be bullied into whatever policy the Republicans and the generals want. That's political and policy suicide.