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Troop Withdrawal

Treaty Proposal Could Save Afghanistan and Give the U.S. a Face-saving Withdrawal

Wahab Raofi | Posted 04.09.2017 | World
Wahab Raofi

As an interpreter for the U.S. Army and NATO during the last eight years in Afghanistan, I recognize that the Afghan government, despite receiving billions of dollars in U.S. assistance, is now a failed state.

NYT: U.S. Mulls Speeding Up Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

Reuters | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 8 (Reuters) - The United States is considering speeding up its planned withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, including a ...

U.S. Presence in Afghanistan Beyond 2014: Why Is the Obama Administration Considering Fewer Troops Than Asked by Gen. John Allen?

Ahmad Mohibbi | Posted 03.09.2013 | World
Ahmad Mohibbi

The Taliban vowed to continue fighting against American troops remaining in Afghanistan after 2014, demonstrating the need for larger number of U.S. troops to support the fragile Afghan security forces defend their nation and to prevent al-Qaeda gain grounds in the country.

Dan Froomkin

In Iraq, An Uneasy Ending To A Misbegotten War | Dan Froomkin | Posted 12.21.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- As President Barack Obama announced an imminent end to the American war in Iraq on Friday, long-time critics looked back on a nearly nin...

Obama's Arc of Instability

Nick Turse | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics
Nick Turse

It remains to be seen what pretexts the Obama administration will rely on to continue a failed policy -- one that seems certain to make the world more volatile and put American citizens at greater risk.

Elise Foley

John McCain: We Won't Go To War In The Middle East Again | Elise Foley | Posted 11.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jon McCain defended the government's decision to go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, b...

WATCH: British Politician Says It's Time To End The Afghanistan War

TED | Posted 09.24.2011 | World

British MP Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan after 9/11, talking with citizens and warlords alike. Now, a decade later, he asks: Why are Western ...

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.

War Economy: The Selling of Afghanistan, 2011

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The last president's legacy was tarnished when he declared "Mission Accomplished" too soon. It would be tragic if this president declared victory too late.

If Obama Is Playing Politics With the Afghan Troop Removal Then It's the Right Kind of Politics

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Obama is the last one that the GOP could gripe about when it comes to the willingness to use American might in Afghanistan. Just ask Obama's Democratic critics.

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!...

The Mayors Have Had Enough of These Useless, Costly Wars

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 08.18.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

On Monday, the United States Conference of Mayors is expected to pass a resolution calling for a speedy end of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars so we can use those funds here at home. The mayors are exactly right.

America's New Isolationism

Christopher McKnight Nichols | Posted 08.13.2011 | Politics
Christopher McKnight Nichols

Should we exert force abroad for the national interest? (And how do we define national interest?) When and where should we use force for a humanitarian cause? Or should the U.S. withdraw from the international theater to focus on challenges at home?

Michael McAuliff

Quitting Time? Bipartisan Lawmakers Push Obama To Leave Afghanistan | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of eight lawmakers is the latest to demand the United States leave Afghanistan, raising the pressure on President Bar...

A Timetable for Afghanistan is Key to a Broader Security Strategy

Russ Feingold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Feingold

The U.S. cannot continue to jump from one perceived "central front in the war on terror" to the next, nor should we invest our resources this way. There are other, better ways to address the al Qaeda threat.

Plan Now for July 2011

Jordan Dey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jordan Dey

Adhering to the July 2011 drawdown of US troops and strengthening the Afghan government will save American lives and dollars, and will place firmly in Karzai's lap the responsibility for developing Afghanistan.

Should We Be Protecting Kandahar, Afghanistan Rather Than Gulf Coast, U.S.A.?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Rather than having over a hundred thousand troops engaged in an unending and unwinnable war, would we not be better served by having them here saving our cities rather than saving (or possibly destroying) those in Afghanistan?

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?

Obama's Second-Year Potential

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There are quite a few positive things scheduled for 2010. This doesn't automatically mean the president is guaranteed to have a great year, but it certainly sets the scene.

Could Be a Late Night in Partystan

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

"Daddy, have you seen the car keys?" "On the table near the door -- you're going already?" "I'm late -- I told Marisa I'd pick her up on the way o...

I Agree With George Will

John Burton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Burton

California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton announces his organization's desire for a speedy American withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Of Bush's Iraq Delusion and Obama's Dilemma

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

The longer President Obama avoids confronting the perverse legacy of the war, the more distorted our decisions and strategy will be.

Sam Stein

White House Hails Iraq Troop Withdrawal But Won't Claim Victory | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House hailed on Tuesday the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops out of Iraq's cities but declined to qualify the benchmark as a victory, or eve...

Cheney Worried That Iraq Withdrawal Will 'Waste' The Sacrifice By U.S. Troops | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Tomorrow is the deadline for U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq, a date Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is calling a "great victory." But in a new...

Jeff Muskus

Netroots Push For "No" Votes On War-Funding Bill (VIDEO) | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In anticipation of Tuesday's House vote on the war supplemental spending bill, which still includes money for the International Monetary Fund but not ...