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NATO Tries To Silence Journalist Jerome Starkey Over Afghan Slayings (VIDEO)

Rethink Afghanistan | Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Last week, I spoke with Afghanistan-based journalist Jerome Starkey about his reporting on special forces raids that killed civilians and NATOs surpri...

Operation Moshtarak: NATO Launches Major Afghan Offensive

Reuters | Golnar Motevalli | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MARJAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - U.S.-led NATO troops launched a crucial offensive on Saturday against the Taliban's last big stronghold in Afghanistan...

Build, Don't Destroy in Afghanistan: An Open Letter to President Obama

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

Already, thousands of our readers have signed a letter and contacted the White House urging a new way forward in Afghanistan. I encourage you to read it and to endorse this message if you have not done so already.

Afghanistan: A Whole New Approach

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

When you massively intervene in a country as much as the U.S. has in Afghanistan, you can't responsibly just walk away. We must lead with what works -- development.

Ryan Grim

Civilian Casualties Soar; Key Afghan Metric Headed In Wrong Direction

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Civilian deaths in Afghanistan climbed in 2009 to their highest number since the fall of the Taliban, the United Nations says in a recent report. The...

Frank Rich: Obama's Logic Is No Match For Afghanistan

nytimes.com | FRANK RICH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Obama's speech, for all its thoughtfulness and sporadic eloquence, was a failure at its central mission. On its own terms, as both policy and rhetoric...

Ten Short Explanations for Obama's Afghan Surge

Barton Kunstler, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barton Kunstler, Ph.D.

Many of Obama's supporters are trying to figure out why he keeps pursuing policies we thought we were voting against. I can't figure it out, but I've come up with some possible explanations.

16 Soldiers Killed Themselves In October

Wall Street Journal | By YOCHI J. DREAZEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Army's top generals worry that surging tens of thousands more troops into Afghanistan could increase the strain felt by many military personnel af...

Veterans Advocates Worried About Care For Troops Wounded In Afghan Surge

McClatchy | David Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- As the Obama administration ramps up the war in Afghanistan, veterans advocates say the government must develop a better plan to handle ...

30,000 More Troops Means More Goodbyes: The Impact Of War

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

President Obama's announcement of increased deployments in Afghanistan was sure to elicit strong opinions from around the country. Though all American...

New Tools for Peace in Afghanistan

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

Development and humanitarian assistance can no longer be an afterthought; they must be central to any strategy the U.S. government puts forward in Afghanistan.

Kristof: More Troops Are A Bad Bet

Kristof | Nicholas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The United States was born of our ancestors' nationalistic resentment of a foreign power whose troops we saw as occupiers, not protectors. The British...

Surge In Casualties Predicted From Afghanistan War

Army Times | Gina Cavallaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Americans should prepare to accept hundreds of U.S. casualties each month in Afghanistan during spring offensives with enemy forces. The dire forecas...

Iraq-Afghanistan Analogies Mask Risks Of Afghanistan

New York Times | DAVID E. SANGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In fact, Iraq analogies have been flying back and forth so furiously in recent days that Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, the only holdover from ...

White House Leaning Against Surge In Afghanistan's Police, Army Forces

Wall Street Journal | YOCHI J. DREAZEN and MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration has soured on a call from its top commander to double the size of the Afghan police and army, reflecting the White House's co...

Recognizing the Limits of American Power in Afghanistan

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Doug Bandow

He should not ask, is Afghanistan winnable? Rather, the right question is what should the U.S. attempt to achieve?

The Surge, by the Numbers

Nick Mills | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nick Mills

The more one does the numbers, the more The Surge looks like tokenism. And if the 30,000 are tokens, why send them at all? Some of them will die there and many others will be badly hurt.

Afghanistan, "So It Goes"

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

As with Vietnam, the problem in Afghanistan is political, not military. The United States can stay there forever if we want to -- but is it worth it?

Obama Leaning Toward 34,000 More Troops For Afghanistan

McClatchy | Jonathan S. Landay | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Barack Obama is nearing a decision to send more than 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan next year, but he may not announce it unti...

My 2009 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome once again to our year-end wrap-up and awards ceremony. Honesty dictates that I immediately genuflect to The McLaughlin Group, from whom I have stolen all these award categories.

Giving Obama the Benefit of the Doubt

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

Will our renewed effort in Afghanistan and Pakistan keep us safe, can we leave a more stable situation in our wake, and can we really pull out in 18 months if we've made little progress?

Tom Ricks And The Military's New Philosophical Embeds

Columbia Journalism Review | Tara McKelvey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Thomas E. Ricks has a photograph of a general--Ulysses S. Grant, looking haggard and defeated in Cold Harbor, Virginia--on the wall of his office. His...

Biden Sends Right Message on Iraq

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jon Soltz

It's time to start putting pressure on the Iraqi government to settle their internal differences, and make clear that we're no longer going to be their crutch. This weekend, Biden did just that.

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?

First Milestone Approaches In Iraq Withdrawal Timetable

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

America pulling combat forces out of Iraqi cities is going to have multiple effects within the country. At this point, nobody can accurately predict what those effects are going to be with 100 percent reliability.