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US Will Back the 'Appropriately Vetted' in Syria. Huh?

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.15.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

The White House formally submitted its $500 million request to Congress on June 26. The money would go to train and equip "appropriately vetted" members of the Syrian opposition. That's a lot different from "moderate rebel forces," and it is yet another indication that we simply do not know who the "moderates" are in Syria.

On the 'Good Guys' in Syria, John McCain Ain't Got a Clue

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

It almost sounds as if Mr. McCain is more concerned that he let down the "good guys" in Syria than he is about the possibility that his ideas and his judgment may be dead wrong, and that America (and the world) could pay dearly for listening to him.

Some Thoughts for This Year's World Economic Forum

Ali Wyne | Posted 03.25.2014 | World
Ali Wyne

While America's regenerative capacity has thus far allowed it to offset underperforming governance, hoping or trusting that it'll do so indefinitely doesn't seem like a smart bet. Nor will avowing its exceptionalism address its systemic challenges.

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Nominee Charged With DUI | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Friday he would nominate former U.S. ambassador Ryan Crocker to the Broadcasting Board of Governors, despite...

David Wood

Iraq Reconsruction Cost U.S. Taxpayers $60 Billion, Left Behind Corruption And Waste | David Wood | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In nine years of war in Iraq, 4,448 Americans died and 32,221 were wounded in battle, leaving behind a deeply divided country steeped in...

Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and Military Force

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 12.08.2012 | World
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Strength and power are "hawkish" words -- kind of like shock and awe. Words don't necessarily get you into conflict but the attitudes behind them can.

Former U.S. Ambassador Arrested For DUI, Hit-And-Run

AP | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS and GENE JOHNSON | Posted 08.23.2012 | Crime

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Former U.S. ambassador Ryan Crocker is facing hit-and-run and drunken driving charges in Washington state after striking a semi-truc...

U.S. Ambassador Claims Afghanistan Won't Plunge Into Civil War

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 09.11.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Moderate Taliban figures have expressed interest in the fragile peace process, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan ...

Defense Secretary In Afghanistan To Assess War

AP | DEB RIECHMANN and LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 08.06.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday pressured Pakistan to do more to root out the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani terro...

Joshua Hersh

Ryan Crocker: Cases Of Afghans Killing NATO Military Counterparts Can Be 'Personal' | Joshua Hersh | Posted 05.25.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Earlier this week, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker confirmed that he would be stepping down from his post at some po...

US Ambassador To Leave Afghanistan This Summer

AP | Posted 07.22.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Veteran U.S. diplomat Ryan Crocker will be leaving his post as ambassador to Afghanistan this summer, an embassy spokesman ...

Joshua Hersh

US Ambassador To Afghanistan Tries To Keep Upbeat Outlook After Assassination Of Peace Official | Joshua Hersh | Posted 05.13.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan tried to preserve an upbeat perspective on peace talks in an interview on Sunday, a day that ...

US And Afghanistan Finalize Agreement

AP | HEIDI VOGT | Posted 06.22.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. and Afghanistan reached a deal Sunday on a long-delayed strategic partnership agreement that ensures Americans wil...

Secret U.S. Cable Warned About Pakistani Havens

The Washington Post | Posted 02.24.2012 | World

The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan sent a top-secret cable to Washington last month warning that the persistence of enemy havens in Pakistan was placi...

Security Jitters in Afghanistan

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 11.14.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

Afghan and NATO forces ended a 24-hour attack by militants on the U.S. embassy and NATO headquarters in what has been a secure district in Kabul, raising new concerns about Afghanistan's security.

U.S. Ambassador Blames Haqqani Network For Kabul Attack

Posted 11.14.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan on Wednesday blamed the Pakistani-based Haqqani network for the coordinated attack again...

PHOTOS: Close Calls For U.S. Ambassador To Afghanistan

AP | Posted 11.13.2011 | World

By The Associated Press Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, has been caught up in a number of attacks over the course of his diplom...

Lowering America's War Ceiling?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

It's as if Washington's leading political players, aided and abetted by the media's love of the horserace, had eaten LSD-laced brownies, then gone on stage before an audience of millions to enact a psychotic spectacle of American decline.

Ambassador To Afghanistan Tries To Quell Fears About U.S. Withdrawal

AP | By DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 09.24.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- America's new top diplomat in Afghanistan sought Monday to allay the fears of the Afghan people who worry the U.S. is aband...

Ambassador Nominee: Goal In Afghanistan Is Not 'Hopeless'

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 08.08.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's choice for U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan insisted on Wednesday that the United States must continue its m...

Obama's Biggest Problems Still Lie Abroad

William Bradley | Posted 06.29.2011 | World
William Bradley

President Barack Obama has no shortage of nasty critics at home, including the present gong show known as the Republican presidential field. But despi...

Sources Reveal Obama's Top Choice For Key Afghanistan Post

AP | Posted 06.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is likely to name seasoned diplomat Ryan Crocker as the next U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, several sources told...

Conservatives Back Obama On Afghanistan

Politico | Ben Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Prominent conservative foreign policy thinkers and activists who backed the Iraq war are circulating a letter to President Obama supporting his engage...

History Has Not Yet Judged Bush

James Denselow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Denselow

Certainly Bush's rewriting of his Iraq legacy will be helped by his decision to reverse his earlier policies, abandoning the idealism of the top-down reinvention of Iraq, for reality-based pragmatism.

Success in Iraq? Think Again.

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rick Horowitz

See, in a world where things aren't connected to other things -- where you get to handle one thing at a time, in a vacuum, at the pace you choose -- maybe you could consider the war in Iraq a success.