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Friday Talking Points -- The Rehabilitation of Golf in the GOP

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.14.2016 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

We're going to begin today with a wrapup of the week that was in the presidential campaigns, and as befitting his status as the Republican frontrunner, we're going to start with Donald Trump.

Republicans Want You to Forget Why Sending Troops Back to Iraq Is a Terrible Idea

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.28.2016 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The 2016 GOP candidates are settled on their desire to send U.S. troops back to Iraq to fight ISIS. While Republicans suffer from short-term memory loss, there's no reason the rest of us should forget what actually happened in Iraq.

The Afghan Ballet: Why Washington Doesn't Want to Leave Afghanistan

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Washington and Kabul have, for endless months, been performing a strange pas de deux over the issue of American withdrawal. The less Karzai complied, the more Obama administration and Pentagon officials betrayed an overwhelming need to stay.

Are We Really Pulling Out of Afghanistan?

Kal Raustiala | Posted 04.09.2013 | World
Kal Raustiala

Since 1945, America's grand strategy has been built around troops deployed and based in former war zones. From Korea to Kuwait to Kosovo, U.S. military bases circle the globe. Will Afghanistan be different?

Thankless Negotiations With Afghan Allies

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 01.20.2013 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

Afghan president Hamid Karzai's order to his forces to wrest control of Bagram prison from the U.S. highlights Afghans' growing testiness. It comes just as talks begin on new security arrangements to govern a continued U.S. military presence.

Republicans Disrespect Iraqi Democracy

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Every current Republican gripe on the Iraq withdrawal boils down to a monumental refusal to face the reality of a full-fledged Iraqi democracy.

Dan Froomkin

Ending The War In Iraq: How Bush's Mistake Boxed In The President | Dan Froomkin | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Barack Obama of 2011 and the Barack Obama of 2008 don't always see eye to eye. Typically the presidential vision has overruled th...

Joshua Hersh

Obama Administration Reducing U.S. Forces In Iraq To 3,000 By End Of Year | Joshua Hersh | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration is willing to drop American troop levels in Iraq to as low as 3,000 by the end of this year, The Huffington Post has confirme...

Ending Wars on Time Would Save $200 Billion, 1/6 of Debt Reduction Goal

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Will a Super Committee plan that we will spend zero money in 2021 on occupying Afghanistan and Iraq be faulted as "not supporting the troops"? I'd love to see that. Bring it on.

Amanda Terkel

Lawmakers Urge Obama To Stick To Iraq Withdrawal Deadline | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the United States and Iraq debate whether to keep American forces involved in the war beyond the end of the year, 93 members of Congr...

Joshua Hersh

Obama Administration Searching For A Way To Stay In Iraq? | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.18.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is facing a major political and strategic dilemma as it debates a continued troop presence in Iraq after this y...

Reid Changes the Game on Iraq

Ashwin Madia | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics
Ashwin Madia

For years, many lamented that the U.S. decision to invade Iraq detracted from our focus on Afghanistan and made Afghanistan the forgotten war. But now, with a false declaration that combat operations are over in Iraq, the ongoing action there has ironically become the new forgotten war. Yet, we need look no further than the recent spike in violence and American deaths in Iraq to remind us that we are still very much at war in that country. Fifteen Americans died in Iraq in June, making it the deadliest period there for American troops in two years. It is for this reason that Senator Harry Reid's forceful declaration today opposing our continued presence in Iraq should not be understated.

Amanda Terkel

Will U.S. Withdrawal From Iraq Be Delayed? | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.11.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is evaluating whether to keep troops in Iraq beyond the planned withdrawal date, a decision that would extend a...

Ten Congressional Commandments

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Members of Congress have abdicated to the president their constitutional responsibilities because of slavish devotion, staggering constitutional illiteracy, and a vassal-like conviction that the executive branch knows best.

Business as Usual in Iraq

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Last week, President Obama ceremoniously announced that U.S. combat operations had ended in Iraq. As Democrats face an uphill battle in the upcoming m...

Obama's Iraq Withdrawal Timeline

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I have wondered why the White House hasn't been making some political hay over the success of the withdrawal timetable in Iraq. But I now see they wanted to roll this news out when people were actually paying attention.

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.

Iraq Milestones

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For the first time since the war began, there are fewer than 100,000 American troops in Iraq.

The Forgotten War

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

No so very long ago, Afghanistan was known as "the forgotten war." But these days, Afghanistan is hard to miss in the headlines. Obama needs to begin talking about our newly-forgotten war: Iraq.

U.S. Advisor's Memo On Iraq: Time To "Go Home"

The New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A senior American military adviser in Baghdad has concluded in an unusually blunt memo that the Iraqi forces suffer from deeply entrenched deficiencie...

Iraq: What Must Now Be Done

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

Victory has not been won, nor has America's responsibility ended.

Iraq: What We Leave as We Withdraw

Jodie Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jodie Evans

Just six years ago, only the old and very religious were covered, women were employed everywhere and Baghdad University was bustling with young women. Now it is bleak.

The Beginning of the End of the Iraq War?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

If our soldiers are out of Iraqi cities, and the Iraqi security forces start shouldering more and more responsibility as a result, do we really need all 130,000 troops sitting in their bases?

U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Iraq: Share Your Stories

Huffington Post | Morgan Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

On June 30, 2009, thousands of American troops will withdraw from Iraqi cities. The U.S. and Iraqi governments agreed last year to a security plan whi...

Jason Linkins

Iraqis Press For Referendum That Could Force Accelerated Withdrawal | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

According to the New York Times, the Iraqi parliament is "pressing ahead" with plans for a national referendum on the existing Status of Forces Agreem...