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Century Foundation Calls for Real Political Talks Now to End the Afghanistan War

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

This latest report reinforces the view that the sooner the U.S. abandons its demand for a de facto surrender before talks can begin, the better.

Petraeus "Understands the Frustration" With Spending "Enormous Amounts of Money," But He'll Keep Spending It If You Let Him

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

News flash: if you can't turn the war effort around with 30,000 more troops at a cost of $1 million per troop, per year, maybe the military solutions aren't solutions after all.

Petraeus, McCain Continue Afghanistan War Spin, But No One Buys It (Nor Should They)

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

General Petraeus and McCain can try to spin the situation in Afghanistan all they want, but the fact is that their counterinsurgency gamble failed, and the American people want our troops out, pronto.

The Koch Brothers Exposed

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

Today Brave New Foundation announces our latest campaign. A campaign where we will take on one of the single greatest threats to our democracy: The ...

General Petraeus and ISAF, Blaming the Victims Again?

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

Petraeus reportedly engaged in an attempt to deflect blame for an alleged civilian casualty event, suggesting Afghan parents burned their own children to incriminate international forces. Has he lost his mind?

Bringing Home 150 Troops From Afghanistan Would Fix Wisconsin's Budget "Crisis"

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

Scott Walker is using phony budget projections to manufacture a staged "fiscal emergency" in his state so that he can whack programs and political opponents.

Fed Up Americans Run First-Ever Anti-Afghanistan-War TV Ad

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

Our communities here in the U.S. are suffering in a terrible economic vise. When do we stop wasting money on this futile war and start getting serious about getting American back on its feet?

Americans: If You're Going to Cut, Cut Military Spending, Not Safety Nets

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

If our policymakers were really serious about cutting wasteful government spending, they'd start with the war that's not making us safer and not worth the costs.

Weekly Diaspora: Why Arizona's Birthright Bill is Bad for the Economy

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger Arizona lawmakers are expected to introduce an "anchor baby" bill today that would deny birthright ...

Billboard: "God Doesn't Discriminate, Why Should Utah?"

Axel W. Caballero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Axel W. Caballero

Utah has become the next ground zero in the immigration battle. A new bill mimics Arizona's SB 1070 and incorporates pieces that effectively legalize racial profiling and institutionalized discrimination.

New York's Spending on the Afghanistan War Is Larger Than Its Budget Hole

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Robert Greenwald

Thanks to policymakers spending New York taxpayer money on the Afghanistan War instead of things like mass transit this year, the state lost 107,904 potential jobs, along with all the economic activity those jobs would create.

Failure, Not Progress, in Afghanistan

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

The Obama administration is kidding itself if it thinks the American people will buy its latest attempted whitewash of the failure of the escalation strategy in Afghanistan.

Indiana Politicians Find Billions to Spend on Afghanistan War, but Can't Find $500,000 to Save a Baby's Life

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

The state of Indiana just denied life-saving surgery to a six month old after making deep budget cuts to their state health care safety net. "Too bad, kiddo, we can't afford it." Except, they can.

Blowing Billions on War While American Workers Go Under

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

2010-12-04-greenwald.jpgFor the full cost of the war for one week -- $2 billion -- we could extend unemployment insurance for about 6.7 million people for a week. Bring back the money being wasted on a war that's not making us safer. We'd like to use it to put people to work again.

Sorry, We Spent Your Unemployment Insurance on the Afghan Ambassador's Trump Tower Condo

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

While unemployment insurance payments are running out for millions of Americans who lost jobs due to no fault of their own, the Afghan ambassador to...

Hungry for Some Truth on the Afghanistan War

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

When will the Obama administration stop damaging its credibility by denying the failure of the Afghanistan War? It seems every day we get another report showing that the Taliban's momentum continues despite our massive troop increase.

The Pentagon Gives Itself an E for Effort on the Failing Afghanistan War

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

Given the failure of the escalation strategy to produce even marginally strategically significant success, it makes no sense whatsoever for President Obama to extend this failing war through 2014.

New Low for Afghanistan War: 47 Percent of Military Families Want Troops Brought Home

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

We are grinding our military families into the ground with this brutal, futile war, while its backers sacrifice very little to keep the troops mired in this brutal, futile war. Don't think for a second that military families don't notice.

This Veterans Day, Honor Those Who Say "No" to Immoral War

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

2010-11-11-bgj.jpgThis is the 10th Veterans Day since the Afghanistan War began. The burden of this brutal, futile war falls heaviest on a very small slice of the population.

Delaying an Afghanistan Drawdown Is Political and Policy Suicide

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

By moving away from 2011 Afghan withdrawal date, President Obama will have shown that he can be bullied into whatever policy the Republicans and the generals want. That's political and policy suicide.

Petraeus and Co. Can't Keep Their Spin Straight on the Afghanistan War

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

The spin by the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force reeks of desperation, and for good reason: The pushers of President Obama's escalations of the war over-promised and under-delivered.

A "Comprehensive Civilian/Military Effort" in Afghanistan? Hardly.

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

A new report out today by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction gives lie to the Pentagon's assertion of a "comprehensive civil and military effort" in Kandahar.

Profit-Chasing Guns-for-Hire Are Killing Us in Iraq and Afghanistan

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

The use of private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan makes a few people very, very rich, but it's making the rest of us -- Americans and local civilians alike -- much less safe.

Caught on Video: Ballot Stuffing in Afghanistan

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

If the Kabul government can't be trusted to run a legitimate election, they certainly can't be trusted with U.S.-bought weapons and a massive U.S. taxpayer-funded military force.

Afghanistan, Year Ten

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

We've been making progress for nine-plus years now, progress into the deadliest year for U.S. troops since the war began, progress into record levels of suicide terrorism directed at Americans. No more progress, please.