The bipartisan legislation is unique in that it carries with it the prospect of a roll call, in which every member of the House will have to choose a side: open-ended war in Afghanistan, or a clear plan for military withdrawal?
While Congress proposes slashing health care benefits, vital children's programs, and veterans' services -- all because we're "broke" -- it continues to fund a war that has cost us more than $455 billion.
Petraeus is pushing to have the Haqqani network, a key component of the Afghan Taliban, designated as a terrorist group.This move would undermine the policy in support of negotiations with the Afghan Taliban.
On Tuesday, Rep. Honda signed his name to legislation that would require the President to establish a timetable for the redeployment of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. This is potentially a bellwether event.
The adoption by the United States of a timetable for withdrawal -- even a signal that the United States is willing to adopt a timetable for withdrawal -- is likely to have dramatic political effects in Afghanistan.
When I popped in a DVD of Chaplains Under Fire, a new documentary about military chaplains by independent filmmakers Terry Nickelson and Lee Lawrence, I was expecting the worst. I'm happy to say I was wrong.