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"In God We Trust; All Other, Bring Data!"

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics
Craig K. Comstock

When crucial information is misleading or absent, what is the meaning of democracy? Key indicators are now being hidden or massaged, for example, in ...

Admiral: No Change In U.S. Troop Levels In Afghanistan

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — The top U.S. military officer said Monday he doesn't foresee big changes to the number of U.S. forces fighting in Afghanistan. Adm. M...

US Seeks Up To 7,000 More NATO Troops For Afghan War

Wall Street Journal | PETER SPIEGEL and STEPHEN FIDLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

U.S. and European estimates of the new troops they may get from NATO allies vary from 3,000 to 7,000. Those would complement the additional U.S. force...

Official: Obama Does Not Accept Afghan War Options, Wants Handover Details

AP | BEN FELLER and ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama does not plan to accept any of the Afghanistan war options presented by his national security team, pushing ...

The Generals' Revolt

Rolling Stone | Robert Dreyfuss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In early October, as President Obama huddled with top administration officials in the White House situation room to rethink America's failing strategy...

Matthew Hoh Resigns: State Department Official Quits Over Afghan War

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A former Marine who fought in Iraq, joined the State Department after leaving the military and was a diplomat in a Taliban strongho...

2 US Troops Killed In Afghanistan, NATO Says

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — Four U.S. service members were killed Wednesday in separate attacks in Afghanistan, NATO said, underscoring the dangers facing Americans...

New York Times: Military Establishment Frustrated With Pace Of Obama's Deliberations On Afghan War

New York Times | ELISABETH BUMILLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

After nearly a month of deliberations by Mr. Obama over whether to send more American troops to Afghanistan, frustrations and anxiety are on the rise ...

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...

Obama Quietly Authorized 13,000 Support Troops For Afghan War

Washington Post | Ann Scott Tyson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama announced in March that he would be sending 21,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. But in an unannounced move, the White House has a...

Senate Report: Bin Laden Was 'Within Our Grasp' In 2001

AP | CALVIN WOODWARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden was unquestionably within reach of U.S. troops in the mountains of Tora Bora when American military leaders made th...

Frank Rich: The Missing Link Between Fort Hood And The War In Afghanistan

New York Times | FRANK RICH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For all the right's jeremiads, its own brand of political correctness kept it from connecting two crucial dots: how our failing war against terrorists...

Mikhail Gorbachev Supports US Withdrawal From Afghanistan (Video)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Mikhail Gorbachev supports a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. The former president of the Soviet Union spoke to CNN's John King Sunday on State Of ...

Abdullah Withdraws From Afghan Election

BBC NEWS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Hamid Karzai's rival in the second round of the Afghan presidential election has announced that he is withdrawing from the poll....

Schumer: Success In Iraq A "50/50" Proposal (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Sunday's twin bombings in Iraq were the first topic of discussion on NBC's Meet The Press Sunday morning. The attacks killed at least 147 and wounded ...

Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Speech To Note Irony Of Award During Wartime

AP | BEN FELLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

OSLO — Newly enshrined among the world's great peacemakers, President Barack Obama offered a striking defense of war. Eleven months into his pre...

Afghan War Costs US $3.6 Billion Per Month: Data

The Hill | Roxana Tiron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The United States spends about $3.6 billion a month in Afghanistan, according to data provided by the Congressional Research Service. ...

Lawmakers From Both Parties Raise Concerns Over Afghan War Escalation

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Associated Press) - Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.) voiced their concerns Sunday about the war in Afghanistan, it...

General Jones: General McChrystal's Call For More Troops Is McChrystal's "Opinion" (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Obama's national security adviser Gen. James L. Jones appeared on CBS' Face The Nation Sunday and weighed in on comments made by Gen. Stanle...

Hamid Karzai Sworn In For Second 5-Year Term As Afghan President

AP | KATHY GANNON and ELENA BECATOROS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — For his critics, President Hamid Karzai's inaugural speech Thursday struck all the right notes – sober pledges to get tough on cor...

An Open Letter to President Obama About Afghanistan From William R. Polk

The Nation | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

I was an early supporter of yours. So I hope you will accept the following analysis and proposals as being from a friend as well as a person with cons...

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...

President Obama Likely to Announce Afghan Decision Between Nov. 7 and 11

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sources tell ABC News that as of now President Obama will likely announce his decision about a new strategy in Afghanistan at some point between the A...

Up To 56,000 More Contractors Could Be Sent With Troops To Afghanistan

TPM | Justin Elliott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Private contractors will make up at least half of the total military workforce in Afghanistan going forward, according to Defense Department officials...

Karzai Camp Hardens Its Line On Afghan Election Recount

Wall Street Journal | ANAND GOPAL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai may not accept the results of a vote recount from the summer's general election, officials from his campaign hi...