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Letting Tax Cuts Expire Would Save U.S. $60 Billion Per Year

The New York Times | DAVID LEONHARDT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

$60 Billion: The approximate amount that extending the Bush tax cuts on income above $250,000 a year -- which Congress seems on the verge of doing -- ...

Poll: Afghans Lose Confidence In U.S., NATO

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — More than a quarter of Afghans see insurgent attacks against American troops as justified, according to a poll released Mo...

White House Worried About 'Deteriorating Stalemate' In Afghanistan

Politics Daily | David Wood | Posted 01.14.2013 | Home

The assessments now pouring into the White House from Afghanistan run the gamut from discouraging to awful, as the Obama administration finishes up it...

WATCH Woodward: Obama 'Psychologically' Out Of Afghanistan

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama is "psychologically" out of Afghanistan, says author and Washington Post editor Bob Woodward. Woodward appeared on CBS's "Early Show"...

McChrystal: Taliban Could Play Role In Afghanistan Peace

Financial Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

General Stanley McChrystal, the Nato commander in Afghanistan, has raised the prospect that his troop surge will lead to a negotiated peace with the T...

Pakistan Fears Influx Of Militants Caused By U.S. Surge In Afghanistan

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

As 30,000 U.S. troops begin to deploy to Afghanistan, fears are rising in Pakistan that a stepped-up war just over the border could worsen the increas...

The Forgotten Cost of War: Caring for Veterans

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

President Obama has finally laid out his strategy for Afghanistan. Unfortunately, he did so without using the word "veteran" and without articulating any back-end support for our returning troops.

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...

Robert Gates Wants War Advice To Obama Kept Private

The Washington Post | Ann Scott Tyson and Scott Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates stressed Monday that military and civilian leaders should keep their advice to President Obama on Afghanistan privat...

Afghanistan Ambassador Speaks Out On U.S. Troop Surge

Robert Guttman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert Guttman

Ambassador Jawad makes our surge seem plausible when he states: "The mission is clear. This is America's war to disrupt, dismantle and ultimately defeat Al Qaeda."

Karl Eikenberry Assures Afghans That U.S. Will Stay Beyond 2011

McClatchy | Thomas L. Day | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

KABUL, Afghanistan -- U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry Thursday further signaled that a strong American military presence will remain in...

Sam Stein

Gibbs: Obama 'Delivered The Orders' On Afghanistan | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama has issued orders for the implementation of his Afghanistan strategy to military officials and cabinet members, spokesman Rober...

How Do You Ask Someone to Be the Last to Die for President Obama's Political Image?

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

It is possible that President Obama is risking the lives of 100,000 troops with no intention of actually waging the counterinsurgency strategy he publicly says is necessary.

Nancy Pelosi: Barack Obama Must 'Make His Case' For Afghanistan Funds

McClatchy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that it's up to President Barack Obama to persuade reluctant Democrats to fund his Afghanistan troop buildup...

Is Obama About to Make a Huge Mistake Over Afghanistan Troop Surge?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Instead of trying to play the "let's try to make everybody happy and ultimately make no one happy" game again, Obama could do what many believe he truly wants to, and end the war.

George Will: If Iraq Troop Surge Didn't Work, U.S. Forces Must Come Home Sooner | George F. Will | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

If there is a worse use of the U.S. military than "nation-building," it is adult supervision and behavior modification of other peoples' politicians....

Lawrence Korb is Wrong on Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Derrick Crowe

The War on Terror is a metaphor designed to bludgeon the progressive movement to death. Write that in stone. Tattoo it somewhere on your body where it will hurt.

Obama Nixed Full Surge After Quizzing Brass

Inter Press Service | Gareth Porter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

President Barack Obama decided to approve only 17,000 of the 30,000 troops requested by Gen. David McKiernan, the top commander of U.S. and NATO troop...

NATO Mired In Stalemate With Afghanistan's Taliban

Times Online | Michael Evans, Defence Editor, Tom Coghlan in Kabul and James Bone in New York | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Britain and her Nato allies in Afghanistan are stuck in a stalemate with the Taleban, David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, admitted yesterday. Hi...