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Medieval Nightmare Finds a Home in the American Way of Making War

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 12:16 PM

Ten years ago this fall we sat in the walled garden of a bullet-pocked Kabul villa on a brilliant sunlit afternoon, interviewing American reporters about what they thought the prospects were for a U.S. success in Afghanistan now that the "war" was over.

At that particular moment Afghans were open...

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The Biggest Jaw-Dropping Journalism Scandal of All?

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2011 | 1:13 PM

As the first journalists to enter Kabul in 1981 for CBS News with Dan Rather following the expulsion of the Western media the previous year, we continue to be amazed at how the American disinformation campaign between Hollywood, Washington and Wall Street built around the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan lives...

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Crossing Bones at Zero Line

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2011 | 10:26 AM

The stakes are perhaps as high as they have ever been for the post-Cold War United States as Senator John Kerry wades through the Central Asian quagmire in Islamabad. Ironies abound. A war begun ten years ago by Skull and Bonesman George W. Bush requires another Skull and...

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Mission Accomplished?

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2011 | 5:00 PM

So Osama bin Laden is dead. The man who spawned the "war on terror," launched a thousand drones and a new industry called Homeland Security has been shot in the head and killed by U.S. forces at his home in Abbottabad, north west Pakistan. Despite the loss of a U.S....

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The Mourning After

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2009 | 11:59 AM

President's speech struck a new milestone for Washingtonian denial

by Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould

The President's speech is history now. Al Qaeda is still the objective and General Stanley McChrystal will get 30,000 more troops and 18 months to make his counterinsurgency plan work. In a country the size...

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Afghanistan: Eight Years On and No Direction Home

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2009 | 10:04 AM

By Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould.

We went to Washington to help launch the Afghan American Women's Association established in honor of a lifetime of humanitarian achievements by Sima Wali. We came away with a clear picture that the women of Afghanistan will continue to have a strong, clear...

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Dark Omens for the U.S. in the Gathering Afghan Storm

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2009 | 11:35 AM

Now officially in its ninth year since the invasion of Afghanistan, the U.S. should have little reason to recount, in Chalmers Johnson's words, the Sorrows of Empire. By now everyone on the planet knows by heart the tragic tale. The U.S. invaded Afghanistan without a clear understanding of its goals...

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A Hidden Denial in the Afghan Election

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2009 | 8:59 AM

By Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould

The Afghan election results are finally in and, to no one's surprise, they have inflamed a crisis of credibility. Afghanistan's latest effort in democracy was marred by widespread fraud, violence, and intimidation.

The U.N.-backed Independent Election Commission awarded President Hamid Karzai 54.6 percent...

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17,000 Troops? What's Really Behind the Thinking?

(4) Comments | Posted July 7, 2009 | 4:05 PM

In the six months since the publication of our book, Invisible History: Afghanistan's Untold Story, we've had the opportunity to address dozens of forums about Afghanistan. It has been a revealing exercise, not so much in terms of what Americans understand about Afghanistan (which unfortunately isn't very much) but...

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