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Afghan Concerns Over U.S. Staying Power

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 11.07.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

The United States and Afghanistan disagree on several points regarding a limited troop presence past 2014, starting with how binding the agreement should be.

Military Launches Spy Operation Using Fake Online Identities

The Huffington Post | Amy Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The U.S. Military has purchased software designed to create and control false online personas in an attempt to use social media and other websites to ...

Tea Party Republicans Should Tackle Federal Role in Distorting Markets and Causing Bubbles.

David Paul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Paul

It did not take long for the conflicts to emerge as Republicans struggle to make good on their commitments to reduce federal spending. In the wake of ...

Broken Washington: The Cases of Zogby and the Brookings Institute

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

But when it comes to foreign policy, Obama deserves a big bold F. Stories of Washington's self-proclaimed experts and think tanks for hire might give us some clues.

CENTCOM's Digital Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Philip Seib

In Tampa, a team of fluent Arabic, Farsi, and Urdu speaking civilians comb through online forums in their respective languages, where they're looking for incendiary commentary about the U.S. military.

Self-Immolation Remains Common Among Afghan Women

The Huffington Post | Nicholas Sabloff and Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Today's AfPak round-up: Self-immolation remains common among Afghan women. Observers disagree over why Afghan women attempt to take their own lives b...

James Mattis Picked To Replace David Petraeus At U.S. Central Command

AP | ANNE GEARAN and ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis has been picked to take over U.S. Central Command, the Pentagon announced on Thursday. Mattis would...

The GAO Transcripts, Part 5: Could the Military Trust the PSCs?

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the fifth installment of the Government Accountability Office interview transcripts that were prepared pursuant to the July 2005 GAO report "R...

In the Absence of a US Foreign Policy

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

America has no vision for the Middle East. Until a policy on Syria is drafted, Washington will be improvising on how to deal with Damascus.

New Poll on American Attitudes Toward the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

A new poll out this week shows that while Israelis retain strong US public support, Americans are deeply concerned that the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict puts US interests at risk.

Israel Must Help US Tackle Iran

Meir Javedanfar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Meir Javedanfar

For some in Israel, the issues of Jewish settlements and Iran's nuclear program are not connected. But for the United States, they are becoming more and more intertwined.

Iran's Defiant Dare = Crunch Time for Obama

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Biting economic sanctions -- the type that hit at the very economic and financial heart of the regime and not the Iranian people -- must be aggressively pursued and carefully constructed.

Are We Really Fighting Them Over There So We Don't Have to Fight Them Here?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

The tragedy at Fort Hood last week raises the question of whether we are indeed fighting in Afghanistan in order to protect ourselves from having to do so on our own soil.

Anthropology Association Condemns Work with U.S. Counterinsurgency

Jeff Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeff Stein

Anthropologists should not be helping U.S. military forces gather information about Afghan villagers and their way of life, a study commission sponsored by their academic organization said today.

Zinni Calls on Obama to Release "National Strategy Report" and for US "Smart Power" Functions to be Organized in a New Military Command

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Zinni's proposals are provocative and substantive. I have asked someone at the Department of State about possibly responding. Hopefully this will happen in the near term.

10,000 More Troops Requested By US Commanders For Afghanistan

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Gen. David Petraeus disclosed today that American commanders have requested the deployment of an additional 10,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan next yea...

McKiernan Gets Control of Disputed U.S. Raids In Afghanistan

Inter Press Service | Gareth Porter | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON, Mar 20 (IPS) - U.S. Special Operations forces in Afghanistan, whose commando raids and airstrikes against suspected Taliban targets have...

Commanders In Iraq Challenge Petraeus On Pullout Risk

Inter Press Service | Gareth Porter | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON, Feb 17 (IPS) - CENTCOM Commander General David Petraeus and Multinational Force Iraq (MNF-I) Commander General Ray Odierno have submitte...

Military Dominance In Mideast Proven A Costly Myth

Inter Press Service | Gareth Porter | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON, Mar 5 (IPS) - The arguments for maintaining a major U.S. combat force in Iraq at least through 2011, escalating U.S. military involvemen...

Generals Seek To Reverse Obama's Iraq Withdrawal Decision

Inter Press Service | Gareth Porter | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (IPS) - CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus, supported by Defence Secretary Robert Gates, tried to convince President Barack Oba...

Fallon Resigns As Mideast Military Chief

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"The top U.S. military commander for the Middle East resigned Tuesday amid speculation about a rift over U.S. policy in Iran," the AP reports. Defens...