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Rethink Afghanistan

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.

Rethink the Cost of War With Us on March 12

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

It's critical we start getting offline together to see and hear one another in person and build the strong ties that only come from real-world interaction.

Fire Lt. General Caldwell

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

The latest general to find himself excoriated in the pages of Rolling Stone, Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, should resign immediately for using psychological operations, commonly known as "psy-ops" against U.S. lawmakers visiting Afghanistan.

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?

Fed Up Americans Run First-Ever Anti-Afghanistan-War TV Ad

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

Our communities here in the U.S. are suffering in a terrible economic vise. When do we stop wasting money on this futile war and start getting serious about getting American back on its feet?

One Year After Escalation, Afghanistan War Still Faltering

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rep. Mike Honda

We cannot afford an endless war in Afghanistan. We need a responsible end to the war so we can focus on getting our economy back on track. Let's bring our troops home -- because it's time.

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.

Report: U.S. Strategy Blocking Chance for Peace in Afghanistan

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

Had the U.S. adopted a more nuanced approach in distinguishing Taliban from al Qaeda, we might not be facing the insurgency that's continuing its march across Afghanistan.

2010: Worst Year for Civilian Deaths of the Afghanistan War

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

Last year was the worst year for civilian deaths in the war so far, and irregular armed groups backed by the U.S. and by the Afghan government are preying on the population while recruiting and abusing children. Go team.

Americans: If You're Going to Cut, Cut Military Spending, Not Safety Nets

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

If our policymakers were really serious about cutting wasteful government spending, they'd start with the war that's not making us safer and not worth the costs.

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.

No Room for the Pentagon's Wars in Dr. King's Dream

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an appropriate moment to reflect on the power of nonviolent social activism motivated by love and a sense of justice. Just don't tell the Pentagon.

Conservatives Turn Against Afghanistan War, Max Boot Goes Insane

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

Something very interesting has been happening with conservatives lately. They're turning against the war in Afghanistan.

They Are Fighting Because We "Are Down There"

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

A simple statement is essential in understanding people's willingness to lay down their lives and pick up weapons to fight Western forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tell Joe Klein It's Stupid NOT to Get Out of Afghanistan

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

While 68 percent of Americans worry that the war's costs affect our ability to fix problems here at home, we're wasting $2 billion a week on a war that's not making us safer. That sounds pretty stupid to me.

New York's Spending on the Afghanistan War Is Larger Than Its Budget Hole

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Robert Greenwald

Thanks to policymakers spending New York taxpayer money on the Afghanistan War instead of things like mass transit this year, the state lost 107,904 potential jobs, along with all the economic activity those jobs would create.

Axis of Agreement Watch: Joe Klein's "Lucky" Strategy

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

Obama would be wise to ignore Klein and decide not to play chicken with the numbers. Afghanistan will not magically right itself, particularly now as Petraeus can inflame the violence as much as he pleases.

No More Afghanistans

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Astore

Afghanistan may qualify as a new "incomprehensible war." Let's not be distracted by the minutia of the latest intelligence reports and their uncertain metrics of "success."

Obama's Afghanistan War Plan

Malou Innocent | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Malou Innocent

The Afghan War's current cost-benefit disparity would call for a scale-down. But for now, the United States would rather fixate on pipe dreams and on asserting America's permanent role in Central Asia.

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.

Amanda Terkel

Congressional Staff Predict Renewed Focus, Skepticism On Afghanistan Next Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The war in Afghanistan was barely mentioned at all in the midterm elections, pushed aside in favor of jobs, the deficit, and yes, even w...

Indiana Politicians Find Billions to Spend on Afghanistan War, but Can't Find $500,000 to Save a Baby's Life

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

The state of Indiana just denied life-saving surgery to a six month old after making deep budget cuts to their state health care safety net. "Too bad, kiddo, we can't afford it." Except, they can.

Arizona Politicians Cut Off Funds for Life-Saving Transplants While Cheering Afghanistan War Spending

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

Arizona's Republican-led state government just decided to cut their state budget by slashing their state's Medicaid coverage for organ transplants, ev...

Blowing Billions on War While American Workers Go Under

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

2010-12-04-greenwald.jpgFor the full cost of the war for one week -- $2 billion -- we could extend unemployment insurance for about 6.7 million people for a week. Bring back the money being wasted on a war that's not making us safer. We'd like to use it to put people to work again.

Sorry, We Spent Your Unemployment Insurance on the Afghan Ambassador's Trump Tower Condo

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

While unemployment insurance payments are running out for millions of Americans who lost jobs due to no fault of their own, the Afghan ambassador to t...