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Good Grief! Comic Characters Leave Newspapers for a Day

Dave Astor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dave Astor

Given that most newspapers still don't publish weekday comics in color, my mistake was putting today's cartoon guests in the green room rather than the black-and-white room.

Gen. Petraeus Implements Military Surge Against Four Somali Pirates in a Lifeboat

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

The most powerful Navy in the world remains in a standoff with four pirates in a small boat. So threatening to US national security are these pirates, Gen. Petraeus is now running the operation.

Blogosphere Must Challenge Obama's War

Ben Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Cohen

While Obama will seek to build an international consensus around his plans, the fact is that the war will become another endless pit that will consume more and more money that no one actually has.

Jason Linkins

New Poll Of Iraqis Should Change Media Coverage | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Via Taegan Goddard comes the news of a new poll conducted by ABC/BBC/NHK, with the current, on-the-ground opinions of Iraqis. Goddard pulls the juicy...

17,000 Troops Will Be "a Drop in the Bucket" in Afghanistan

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
ZP Heller

2008 was the bloodiest year of this war to date, though it looks like 2009 will be much worse -- and not simply because our country is committing so many more troops.

Five Myths About the Afghanistan Escalation

Brandon Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Brandon Friedman

If we're going to win back the Afghans' support, then we need to show them that we can protect them from the Taliban -- something that will clearly take more troops -- both U.S. and Afghan.

Obama's Extra Afghan Troops Will Be Used To Buy Time | By Karen DeYoung | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President-elect Barack Obama intends to sign off on Pentagon plans to send up to 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, but the incoming administrati...

Words That Worked in 2008 (and Some That Didn't): A Report Card

Michael Maslansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Maslansky

The following is our admittedly subjective ranking of the top ten words of 2008 and how well people used them.

Sam Stein

Obama's Afghanistan Dilemma: "Growing Dissent" On More Troops | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

No more than one year ago, it was widely assumed that the great foreign policy challenge facing the next president would be what to do with U.S. troop...

Petraeus Successor Odierno Faces Many Challenges In Iraq, Raising Concerns For Some

The Miami Herald | Chris Vaughn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Gen. David Petraeus cast such an enormous shadow the last two years that only the most fervent Army watcher could probably say wh...

McCain Urges Surge to Fix What Ails US

Bruce McCall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce McCall

Drawing on his foreign policy and military expertise, Sen. John McCain has called for a military surge in America, similar to the one he claims has turned around the situation in Iraq.

Afghanistan Strategy Is Being Urgently Reviewed By White House

Washington Post | Karen DeYoung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House has launched an urgent review of Afghanistan policy, fast-tracked for completion in the next several weeks, amid growing concern that ...

Jed Lewison

Woodward: Bush Said His Iran Strategy Was "They're A**holes" | Jed Lewison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

There's been so much going on with the campaign lately, that I hadn't paid much attention to Bob Woodward's newest book, The War Within. Tonight he w...

Conventional Wisdom Surging

Edward Humes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Edward Humes

Two highly suspect yet seemingly unkillable narratives continue to swirl through the election largely unchallenged: the undeniable success of "The Surge" and McCain's reputation as a proven military leader.

Dear Obama: Vets Email Debate Tips and More

Emily Pease | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Emily Pease

"You don't want a maverick in charge. Look at MacArthur. He wanted to nuke Korea. Thank goodness Truman pulled him out."

Petraeus Closes Book on McCain Plan for Afghanistan

Patrick Barry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patrick Barry

General Petraeus' remarks yesterday should close the book on John McCain's overly-simplistic strategy for restoring stability to Afghanistan.

Jason Linkins

Sarah Palin Calls For Impossible 'Surge' In Afghanistan | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the second part of CBS News' sit down with anchor Katie Couric, the conversation will switch to matters abroad, including the ongoing conflict on A...

US Rethinks Afghanistan Strategy With An Eye On The Bush Legacy

NY Times | ERIC SCHMITT and THOM SHANKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Four months before President Bush leaves office, his top civilian and military aides are conducting four major new reviews of the war st...

The Dark Side Of The Surge: Cleansing, Partitioning, Imprisonment

AlJazeera Magazine | Robert Parry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Since Jan. 10, 2007, when George W. Bush announced his troop "surge," more than 1,000 U.S. soldiers have died in the Iraq War - about a quarter of the...

7 Years Later: Could Civilians Be Key to Winning the War on Terror?

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

More and more people around the world are disavowing violence against civilians, and support for terrorism is drying up.

Seth Colter Walls

Surge Proponents Face October Test: Will Provincial Elections Even Take Place? | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Has the surge succeeded in Iraq? The political consensus at the moment appears to be "yes," with even surge opponent Barack Obama telling Bill O'Reill...

Bush's History of the World Part. 1: The Surge

Patrick Barry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patrick Barry

In so many ways, yesterday's speech by President Bush offered absolutely nothing to distinguish itself from his past addresses - it felt hostile, dece...

Obama Rebuts Bush on Iraq and Afghanistan Surgelet (Live in OH)

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

DAYTON, OH -- After finishing an education address that was supposed to drive his campaign message today, Sen. Barack Obama tacked a press conference...

How Did the RNC Insult Troops and Veterans? Let Me Count the Ways...

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Last week's convention sure made every superficial effort to come off as pro-Troop. And the media ate it up, not challenging a single thing. But to those of us who did serve, it was offense after offense after offense.

Meet the Bloggers: Darcy Burner Can End the Iraq War Responsibly

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
ZP Heller

When it comes to the Iraq war, the question is no longer whether the U.S. should end it, but how.  On yesterday's Meet the Bloggers, special guest Darcy Burner made the case for A Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq, which she co-authored earlier this year.