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The Questions All Americans Should ask About Afghanistan

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

As casualties increase in Afghanistan, public opinion has swung clearly against the war in that region. The president must make some quick decisions, and make his case to the American public.

Obama talks US nonmilitary efforts in Afghanistan

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — As President Barack Obama inches closer to a decision on new troops for Afghanistan, his latest war council debate Wednesday centered on how to strengthen U.S. civilian efforts there and significantly ramp up training of the Afghan police and army.

Obama met for three hours with his national security team, the fifth of six such meetings scheduled for the president to consider where to take the eight-year-old war.

The White House added a meeting for next week, by which time there may be a decision on whether to hold a runoff presidential election in Afghanistan between President Hamid Karzai and his chief challenger, Abdullah Abdullah.

The allegations of widespread fraud in the Aug. 20 voting are among the most troublesome factors in Obama's strategy review. An Afghanistan government seen as illegitimate by its people could create openings for the Taliban and a renewed safe haven for al-Qaida. Many fear that any U.S. effort – no matter how big or well-targeted – could fail as a result.

The U.N.-backed Electoral Complaints Commission could rule as soon as Saturday on whether to discard enough Karzai votes to force a runoff with Abdullah. The new vote, logistically difficult to pull off, would have to be held within two weeks.

Obama West Point Speech On Afghanistan: Full Details

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE and STEVEN R. HURST | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Declaring "our security is at stake," President Barack Obama ordered an additional 30,000 U.S. troops into the long war in Af...

Obama at the Precipice: Tough Guys Don't Need to Dance in Afghanistan

William J. Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William J. Astore

By continuing the war in Afghanistan, Obama will likely ensure himself a one-term presidency, and someday be seen as a man like LBJ whose biggest dreams broke upon the shoals of an unwinnable war.

Obama Leaning Toward 34,000 More Troops For Afghanistan

McClatchy | Jonathan S. Landay | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Barack Obama is nearing a decision to send more than 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan next year, but he may not announce it unti...

No More Troops for Afghanistan

Malou Innocent | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Malou Innocent

The U.S. and NATO military presence of roughly 110,000 troops is more than enough to carry out the focused mission of training Afghan forces.

More Troops to Afghanistan?

Richard A. Clarke | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard A. Clarke

Afghanistan is not a numbers game. The issue is whether we are pursuing a strategy that defines our goals and tailors our means to them.

Sam Stein

Obama "Not Ruling... Out" More Troops For Afghanistan: Jim Jones | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The president's National Security Adviser, Jim Jones, said on Sunday that the White House would be open to the idea of sending more combat troops to A...

On My Way To Afghanistan

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stewart Nusbaumer

The Taliban is about to kick off its annual ritual -- the Spring Offensive. This should be the most violent annual ritual since the Soviets occupied Afghanistan several decades ago.

The debate on Australia?s role in Afghanistan | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

After Australia lost a tenth soldier in the war in Afghanistan, the second to be killed this week, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told Brisbane Radio on F...

From Bush's War to Obama's War to My War

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stewart Nusbaumer

The Obama administration's strategic review promises to refocus the mission of our troops. It will be "bye" to American cowboys blasting away, and hello to counterinsurgency's softer power.

US Eyes "Surge" Of Over 20,000 Troops For Afghanistan

Reuters | David Morgan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Pentagon is considering a plan to send more than 20,000 troops to Afghanistan over the next 12 to 18 months to help safeguard elections and quell ...

U.S. Considering "Surge" Of Over 20,000 Troops For Afghanistan

Reuters | David Morgan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Pentagon is considering a plan to send more than 20,000 troops to Afghanistan over the next 12 to 18 months to help safeguard elections and quell ...

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...

Under Strain: White House Considering Faster Iraq Withdrawals To Combat Rising Violence In Afghanistan

New York Times | Steven Lee Myers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Bush administration is considering the withdrawal of additional combat forces from Iraq beginning in September, according to administration and mi...

The Simple Arithmetic of a Fraudulent Surge

David Fiderer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Fiderer

From its inception, the Iraq war strategy was like a plan to fly across the Pacific without enough fuel to get to the other side. The surge made the plane fly faster. Our troops are the jet fuel.

US Weighing Thousands Of More Troops For Afghanistan

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Pentagon is considering sending up to 7,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan next year to make up for a shortfall in contributions from NATO allie...

Pentagon Wants 3,000 More Troops For Afghanistan

New York Times | THOM SHANKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senior military officers will soon propose deploying about 3,000 additional American troops to Afghanistan, where the NATO-led security and stabilizat...

Defense Secy. Gates May Send More Troops For Afghanistan...

Reuters | Andrew Gray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday he would consider more troops for Afghanistan where U.S. commanders say the Taliban insurgency, contr...