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$547 Million Can't Paper Over Failure of Afghanistan War

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

No matter how much the Pentagon spins their message into the mainstream media, the facts on the ground show the U.S. lacks one of counterinsurgency's own premises for success: a legitimate host nation government.

Who's the Huckster for This High-Interest War?

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

On Afghanistan, either the general or the president (or both) is a huckster for this high-interest war. We'll know from the White House's response to this military media blitz just who the huckster really is.

Petraeus Must Go: Mass Assassination of Muslims Threatens Us All

Fred Branfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Fred Branfman

Greatly expanded U.S. military Special Ops teams, U.S. drone strikes and private espionage networks run by former CIA assassins create a threat to our security.

Forget the Generals, Americans are committed to Ending War

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

Petraeus' Oily Spin About Progress in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

There is virtually no data that shows strategically significant security "progress" in Afghanistan since the start of the latest escalation.

Ask Katie Couric to Challenge Petraeus on Afghanistan War 'Progress'

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert Greenwald

Petraeus is on a media blitz, disingenuously trying to sell the idea of "progress" in Afghanistan. NBC's David Gregory failed to sufficiently challenge Petraeus on his easily disproved spin. CBS' Katie Couric is next at bat.

Rethink Afghanistan: Fight Petraeus, This War Is Costing Us Billions We Can't Afford (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rethink Afghanistan released a video yesterday that juxtaposes Obama calling for a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by July 2011 against Petraeus's c...

Obama Can't Control His Generals -- Time for Congress to Step in

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

It's too bad that General Petraeus is attempting to suppress democratic opinion. But Congress, and the people running for Congress, understand full well that this is a fight the American people are ready to have.

Media Failing to Ask Tough Questions on Afghanistan War...Again

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

2010-08-15-youveheard.jpgIf the media fail to ask hard questions, there's a chance Petraeus could get the freedom to extend an extremely unpopular war that's not making us safer.

Gen. David Petraeus Cites Progress In Afghanistan, Hedges On July 2011 Troop Withdrawal

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Progress in Afghanistan only began this spring and needs time to take root, Army Gen. David Petraeus said in comments broadcast Sunday t...

The Real Story of Afghanistan Remains Untold

Josh Shahryar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Shahryar

As the American public continues to get weary of the Afghan War, and every day brings a new depressing development, our hearts -- the hearts of us Afghans -- are broken ever so slightly.

The F Word: Funding War, Choosing Sides

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The House approved $33 billion for a 30,000-troop escalation in Afghanistan this week and in doing so took money away from other places it was desperately needed: public schools, green energy and job creation.

Afghanistan: We're Here Because We're Here Because...

Doug Sarro | Posted 05.26.2011 | World
Doug Sarro

Even if we achieved the goal we are apparently trying to achieve in Afghanistan--victory over the Taliban--it wouldn't put an end to international terrorism&mdash. It likely wouldn't even put a dent in it.

Petraeus Quietly Abandons Plans To Begin Afghan Security Handover This Year

The Guardian | Jon Boone | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Plans to begin handing control of provinces in Afghanistan to Afghan security forces by the end of this year have been quietly dropped amid fears amon...

Petraeus Reviews Directive Meant To Limit Afghan Civilian Deaths

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

To the U.S. soldiers getting pounded with thunderous mortar rounds in their combat outpost near Kandahar, it seemed like a legitimate request: allow t...

Obama Poll Watch -- June, 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama, after gaining a bit in his average approval ratings in May, slipped back in June. But the reversal was slight, continuing a five-month streak of amazingly stable numbers.

Petraeus: Faisal Shahzad Acted Alone

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Times Square bombing suspect apparently operated as a "lone wolf" who did not work with other terrorists, according to the gene...

Petraeus Assumes Command In Afghanistan: 'We Are In This To Win'

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — "We are in this to win," Gen. David Petraeus said as he took the reins of an Afghan war effort troubled by waning support, ...

Petraeus' Vow to Protect Soldiers: A True Commitment or Empty Promise?

Joshua Kors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joshua Kors

Since 2001, over 22,600 soldiers have been pressed into signing such documents, affirming a pre-existing condition, making them ineligible for disability benefits, saving the military billions of dollars.

What's worse: Steele's Afghanistan comments or the reaction?

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

Good News From Iraq

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

At the same time that Senate Republicans are voicing disagreement over withdrawal timetables when it comes to Afghanistan, we are about to meet a big milestone in our withdrawal timetable for Iraq -- and it doesn't even rate a mention.

David Petraeus Confirmed By Senate, 99-0, To Be Top Commander In Afghanistan

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate has unanimously confirmed Gen. David Petraeus as the next commander of the Afghanistan war. The vote was 99-0. Petraeus...

General Petraeus Gets Counterinsurgency

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Human Rights First

By David Levine, Law and Security Program On the morning of May 10, 2007 I opened my email to find this letter waiting for me. At the time I was serv...

Petraeus Faces Questions From War-Weary Lawmakers

AP | ANNE GEARAN and ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Gen. David Petraeus left open the possibility of recommending that President Barack Obama delay his plans to start withdrawing troo...

Obama, Petraeus, and the Cult of COIN in Afghanistan

Robert Dreyfuss | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Dreyfuss

Petraeus's declaration that he wasn't putting much stock in the president's intending to hold the military command accountable for its failure in Afghanistan earned him an instant rebuke. Now, that same Petraeus is in charge.