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Rethink Afghanistan

Robert Baer: What We're Up Against In Afghanistan Is A "War Of National Resistance"

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In the latest video from the Brave New Foundation's "Rethink Afghanistan" project, former CIA agent Robert Bear says that what the U.S. faces when it ...

The Winner of the Afghan Election: Electoral Fraud

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

We can now stand back in awe as the unpunished perpetrators of massive election fraud vie for control of the criminal enterprise called the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

Time to Rethink Afghanistan

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

The war in Afghanistan continues to escalate, and more are killed each day. While the United States spends billions the Chinese are building industry, jobs and good will.

Two Misconceptions about Afghanistan

Burton L. Wise | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Burton L. Wise

People who live in the Western, developed countries must re-define at least two concepts when discussing Afghanistan: country and victory.

Abdullah May Boycott the Afghan Runoff Vote

Derrick Crowe | Posted 10.30.2009 | World
Derrick Crowe

Talks between Hamid Karzai and Abdullah broke down today, October 30, according to CNN, meaning there will be no power-sharing arrangement to head off a highly problematic runoff vote.

Sign the act.ly Petition to End the War in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

I've just launched an act.ly petition asking the White House to end the war in Afghanistan. Please sign it (you must have a Twitter account to do so) ...

NATO Airstrike Kills Another Three Civilians in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

Expect more civilian casualties in Afghanistan as President Obama's latest escalation sends more troops into Kandahar.

An Interview With Matthew Hoh

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

If Matthew Hoh could tell you one thing to help you understand the United States' predicament in Afghanistan, it's that the presence of our ground combat troops is not doing anything to defeat al Qaeda.

Afghanistan: Collateral Damage From Paris to Punjab

Mira Kamdar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mira Kamdar

I have seen what is antiseptically known as collateral damage from this war in two unlikely places: the city of Paris and the countryside of rural Punjab.

Killing Enthusiasm: President Obama's Afghanistan Strategy Turns Off Young Voters

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert Greenwald

Obama should rethink the Afghanistan war for lots of reasons. It isn't making us more secure. It's costing us billions of dollars as well as jobs and lives. And now, the latest reason, he's losing key voters.

McChrystal Rejects Calls To Lower Afghan Aims

New York Times | JOHN F. BURNS and ALAN COWELL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The top military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, rejected calls for scaling down military objectives there on Thursday and said ...

Ryan Grim

Rethink Afghanistan: New Documentary Calls For End To War (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As President Obama comes under increasing pressure to exit Afghanistan after eight years of war - or at least to come up with a credible strategy - a ...

Snake Eyes in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

None of the credible options in Afghanistan offer real chances for rolling back the insurgent reaction to our presence or reducing terrorism against the United States.

The Generals and Obama. With Friends Like These.....

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

The military has decided it needs more troops in Afghanistan (didn't see that one coming did ya?). News flash: The military always decides it needs more troops in wartime.

Robert Greenwald: Take Troops Out Of Afghanistan (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Julian Hattem | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Robert Greenwald, director of the new film Rethink Afghanistan, appeared on "The Ed Show" Wednesday night to make a case against further troop deploym...

Gen. McChrystal's Assessment Ignores COIN Doctrine, Reality

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

If the president was looking for a signal that the situation had progressed to a stage in which the military could not offer a credible plan to deal with it, this is it.

Counterinsurgency Is a Mental Illness

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

From top to bottom, the U.S. effort in Afghanistan commits the fundamental sin of domination: the valuation of people as means instead of as ends.

Constitutional Death Spiral in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

It's no longer a question of whether Afghanistan is "worth it." The only question left to answer is, "how much more Hell will we put our young men and women through?"

Vested Interests in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

Bruce Riedel at Brookings says we have a vested interest in shoring up Karzai's legitimacy. That's not surprising, given that Riedel certainly has such a vested interest.

War Gone Wild in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

After more than 800 U.S. military casualties, tens of thousands of Afghan civilian deaths and $228 billion, we have zero indications that Pashtuns in Afghanistan are any closer to giving their support to the Kabul government.

Afghanistan: Where This Is Going

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

If anti-government violence breaks out in Helmand and other Pashtun regions, there would be absolutely no room to argue against the conclusion that counterinsurgency has failed.

In Afghanistan, We Know Failure When We See It

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

I've been mulling over the inability of Ambassador Holbrooke and Secretary Gates to define success in Afghanistan or to speculate about how long we should expect to be fighting a war there.

CAP's Lawrence Korb: More Fringe Than Orly Taitz?

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

The War on Terror frame is dangerous, and the policies that emerge from it make us less secure while failing to stop terrorism.

Three Former Top CIA Agents Say War In Afghanistan Making World More Dangerous (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In a powerful new documentary, "Security" from the Rethink Afghanistan project, three former high-ranking CIA agents explain why the war in Afghanista...

Meet Your Afghan Warlords, Part One: Mohammed Qasim Fahim

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

After the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Fahim became first a defense minister and then vice president of Afghanistan. Prior to that, he was a senior commander of the Jamiat-e-Islami militia.