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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 | 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' | 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.

Petraeus and Co. Can't Keep Their Spin Straight on the Afghanistan War

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

The spin by the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force reeks of desperation, and for good reason: The pushers of President Obama's escalations of the war over-promised and under-delivered.

The Post Election Foreign Policy Hangover

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Any Congress, particularly a hostile Congress, has the power to give any sitting president a major national security migraine -- and the incoming House GOP leadership has proven their determination to do just that.

A "Comprehensive Civilian/Military Effort" in Afghanistan? Hardly.

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

A new report out today by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction gives lie to the Pentagon's assertion of a "comprehensive civil and military effort" in Kandahar.

General Petraeus, Proconsul of Fantasyland

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

The only place where Petraeus is succeeding in Afghanistan is in demonstrating conclusively just how disconnected the generals are from reality.

The F Word: Losing the War's Beginning

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The ninth year of the U.S. war in Afghanistan began with an apology.

Afghanistan, Year Ten

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

We've been making progress for nine-plus years now, progress into the deadliest year for U.S. troops since the war began, progress into record levels of suicide terrorism directed at Americans. No more progress, please.

U.S. Brokering Afghan 'Peace' Plan With an Unholy Alliance

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

The Afghans are currently powerless because the fate of their nation, apparently, will be determined by certain events in the U.S. that are outside of their control, chief among them being the election cycle.

The Afghanistan War's Tenth Year Must Be Its Last

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

Can anyone name a single way in which this war still serves the national interest, if it ever did? We talked to a group of veterans of the conflict, and their answer was a very clear, "no."

Boehner Hits, Then Praises Obama Over Iraq Strategy

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Minority Leader John Boehner appeared to be sending mixed messages Monday on whether to support or bash President Barack Obama over his Iraq War...

Negotiating Afghan Peace : Pros and Cons Outlined

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

That elections in Afghanistan were possible at all is an achievement on the very slow and torturous road to solving the knots of problems and disasters that the coalition forces face.

Chattering Classless

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

If you were sitting in Afghanistan, Iraq, or even places where our military is not active like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan or Indonesia what kind of media sausage is being made over there?

Petraeus, Karzai Clash Over Afghan Village Miltias

Washington Post | Joshua Partlow and Karen DeYoung | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As he takes charge of the war effort in Afghanistan, Gen. David H. Petraeus has met sharp resistance from President Hamid Karzai to an American plan t...

Burning Qurans

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Corruption Is the Enemy in Afghanistan but Who Is Going to Kill it?

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

A profound societal change is needed that must start at the top. That vacuum of authority can be filled by a legitimate, unifying national leader that is seen as uncorrupt and has the capacity to build an independent nation.