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Documents: Petraeus Fracking Field Trip Reveals ND Government, Oil, Private Equity Nexus

Steve Horn | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogDeSmogBlog has obtained hundreds of documents portraying the blurred lines between North Dakota's government, the oil and ...

This One Card Can Replace Every Single Credit Card In Your Wallet

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 11.18.2013 | Technology

Credit card. Debit card. Gift card. Loyalty card. Membership card. Second credit card. Your wallet has way too many cards in it. Coin has a plan to...

U.S. Mint To Hold Baseball Coin Competition

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics

Soon one baseball lover will be able to turn his hobby into some coin. No, really. The United States Mint is holding an open competition for the de...

US Mint Experimenting With New Metals To Make Coins Cheaper

AP | JOANN LOVIGLIO | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA — When it comes to making coins, the Mint isn't getting its two cents worth. In some cases, it doesn't even get half of that. A pe...

Joshua Hersh

Afghanistan: The Long and Winding Roads

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 12.12.2012 | World

(BANARAS KHAN/AFP/Getty Images) In late 2008, Andrew Wilder set out on a hunt for answers in Afghanistan. For years, Wilder, a former development...

Coin Girl to the Rescue!

Katy Wolk-Stanley | Posted 11.17.2012 | Money
Katy Wolk-Stanley

Valuing small amounts of money is directly connected to paying attention to life's small expenditures. And it's the small outlays of money that you have the most control over.

Biden Sounded Serious Warning To Obama

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 06.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As President Barack Obama considered adding as many as 40,000 U.S. forces to a backsliding war in Afghanistan in 2009, Vice President Jo...

Calling It Quits in Afghanistan

Malou Innocent | Posted 04.28.2012 | World
Malou Innocent

How many more American soldiers and innocent Afghan civilians have to die before the Obama administration withdraws from Afghanistan?

US Can Still Win in Afghanistan, Military Expert Claims in NY Times Op-Ed

Michael Hughes | Posted 11.28.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

"Winning" is not an appropriate term, not to mention that it sounds ugly, triumphalist -- even passé. So, let's employ more meaningful parlance and ways of measuring success by asking such rudimentary questions as, "Are we achieving our security objectives?"

COIN Classic, New COIN, Post-Modern COIN

Michael Brenner | Posted 10.03.2011 | World
Michael Brenner

Exactly what is COIN? Simply put, it is the theory and practice of suppressing insurgencies that mix violent and non-violence methods to topple existing governments and to seize power. Indeed, COIN is a growth industry.

Obama's Drone Surge in Pakistan Doing More Damage Than Good

Michael Hughes | Posted 09.11.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

The facts unequivocally illustrate that the drone program is steering the U.S. away from achieving its national security objectives in the region.

David Wood

After A Decade, Gen. Petraeus' Counterinsurgency Strategy Is Deemed A Failure

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 08.22.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan signals the beginning of the end for the ambitious counterinsurgen...

Amanda Terkel

Dem Senator Calls For A Change Of Strategy In Afghanistan

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) is calling for a change of strategy in Afghanistan, arguing the current course is unsustainable and the milita...

Our Job in Pakistan

Taha Gaya | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics
Taha Gaya

We are already making smart development investments in Pakistan in energy and agriculture, but until we make credible game-changing investments in basic education, we can expect those gains to be unsustainable in the long-term.

Petraeus Is Focusing on the Wrong Body Count in Afghanistan

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

Instead of focusing on metrics that matter, U.S. officials have decided to trumpet enemy body count. Apparently, the number of dead insurgents, not civilians, is now the barometer for determining the campaign's efficacy.

Pentagon Assertions of "Progress" In Afghanistan Are a Bad Joke

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Derrick Crowe

The latest Petraeus/Gates media tour is under way in preparation for the general's testimony to Congress next week, and they're trotting out the same, tired spin they've been using since McChrystal was replaced in disgrace last year.

Reagan-Era Defense Official Proposes Failed Vietnam Strategy for Afghanistan

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

Bing West's archaic solutions are highly unlikely to show anyone how to get out of Afghanistan; however, they do have quite the potential to pave a road to perpetual war.

Jeff Muskus

Nation Building: Roads, Laws, Cops, Jobs And The Challenges Of The Afghan Surge

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeff Muskus | Posted 06.11.2012 | World

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- "Take a look at this," Tom Symalla says, reaching down to yank at a piece of gravel poking out from the surface of Morghan Ro...

Axis of Agreement Watch: Joe Klein's "Lucky" Strategy

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

Obama would be wise to ignore Klein and decide not to play chicken with the numbers. Afghanistan will not magically right itself, particularly now as Petraeus can inflame the violence as much as he pleases.

Failure of the Afghan Surge

James Denselow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Denselow

The reason why the US has been in Afghanistan for so long is not because it wants to be there but because it has no idea how to leave.

Canada Says Goodbye to the Penny

Michael McGown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael McGown

Pretty much everyone in Canada is in favor of getting rid of the penny. After all, the government spends 1.5 cents to manufacture a penny, so it makes good economic sense.

Making Afghanistan Safe

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

"'It became necessary to destroy the town to save it": US Army Major to Peter Arnett 2/07/68 Vietnam "We had to destroy them to make them safe": Mu...

Afghanistan: Six-Month Peace Possible if Combat Operations Stop

Jake Diliberto | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jake Diliberto

Recently, the Karzai-Taliban Peace talks has gained significant press coverage. Yet few stories tell anyone how the peace process occurs, and what i...

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.

The Afghanistan War's Tenth Year Must Be Its Last

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

Can anyone name a single way in which this war still serves the national interest, if it ever did? We talked to a group of veterans of the conflict, and their answer was a very clear, "no."