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Troop Drawdown

Obama's Last Stand on Afghanistan: A Strategy With No Foresight

Zaman Stanizai | Posted 10.19.2016 | World
Zaman Stanizai

President Obama's decision to slow the troop drawdown from Afghanistan is hailed by some as the 'right decision.' But this 'right war' had done much wrong to the people of Afghanistan and like most U.S. foreign policy blunders; this one too misses the point.

Afghanistan: The Debate We Should Be Having

James Zogby | Posted 08.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

In a real sense, there were no surprises in the president's announcement, or in the reactions. What is troubling, however, is that the debate focused on numbers and dates and not on the war itself and what really needs to be done to end it. In this, I have problems with both sides.

Advice for a President Hoping for No Change

Frank Dwyer | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

Get troops down to Bush levels by 2012, and then run against Bush!...

Amanda Terkel

Key Senator To Obama: Withdraw At Least 15,000 Troops From Afghanistan | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) has put forward a baseline number of troops that the president must announ...

Afghanistan: A Case Study in How Much Easier It Is to Start a War Than to Finish One

Arianna Huffington | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

We know that it's easier to start a war than to finish one -- and we are seeing a case study of this in Afghanistan despite the fact that there's a clear, widespread, and growing consensus on the value of us getting out.

Zach Carter

Gates Downplays Troop Cuts in Afghanistan | Zach Carter | Posted 08.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates acknowledged on Sunday that the U.S. State Department is in direct talks with the Taliban in Afg...

Sam Stein

Jay Carney: War Costs Will Not Factor Into Afghanistan Drawdown Decisions | Sam Stein | Posted 08.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House Press Secretary Jay Carney insisted on Monday that costs would not be a factor in determining the pace of the forthcoming wi...

Mission Not Accomplished: The True Cost of the Iraq War

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Iraq has served to divide the country like no other event in recent American history. It has driven a sharp political wedge straight down both Pennsylvania Avenue and Main Street.

Sam Stein

White House: Personnel Will Remain In Afghanistan Long After 2011 Drawdown | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senior White House officials said Tuesday night that while President Obama intends to start drawing down U.S. forces in Afghanistan starting in July 2...