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Counterinsurgency

Counter-Terrorism: Counter-Humanitarianism?

Chris Lockyear | Posted 12.12.2014 | World
Chris Lockyear

As international troops leave Afghan security in the hands of their domestic counterparts, ISAF will let its "clear, hold, build" counter-insurgency mandate fade.

Obama's Fighting a New Kind of War -- While Critics Are Stuck in the Past

Spencer Critchley | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

Critics who call for simplistic solutions like "getting tough" -- some go so far as to recommend imitating Vladimir Putin, of all people -- are trying to re-fight the wars of the past.

5 Dirty Little Secrets Every American Should Know About President Obama's ISIS Strategy

H. A. Goodman | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

If airstrikes don't work and ISIS conquers Bagdad, will he still keep his promise of never sending American troops back to Iraq? Of course not.

4,486 American Soldiers Have Died in Iraq. President Obama Is Continuing a Pointless and Deadly Quagmire.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

We've already spent over ten years in Iraq and "terror" hasn't been destroyed. To pretend that another group won't replace ISIL once ISIL is defeated, through another decade of war in Iraq, perhaps, is simply playing a dangerous game of semantics.

ISIS Is Beheading Journalists to Lure America Into Another Ground War. Remember the Iraq War's Lessons

H. A. Goodman | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

If we fall into the trap set by ISIS, our country will have proven that its attention span is not only short, but also captivated by terrorist propaganda and lured into costly wars by terrorist strategies.

After Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam, We Must Never Again Wage Counterinsurgency Wars and Urban Combat

H. A. Goodman | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Armies are meant to fight other armies. Military forces are not designed to combat roadside bombs, civilians with a Kalashnikov, or evade ambush...

Beyond The Monuments Men

Christopher Holshek | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

The challenge is not the wars we must fight as much as the peace that we have to build in order not to fight them anymore or in the first place.

TSA: Ask the Fed for Relief... From the Fed?

Ivan Eland | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Ivan Eland

TSA airport security is excessive for the rarity of the threat and in the face of the better intrinsic security already provided from enhanced vigilance by passengers and crew.

The Coldest War: What Russia Had Better Learn From Boston About Terrorism

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 06.19.2013 | World
Sanjay Sanghoee

Today Russia's problem may just have become ours, but tomorrow our problem could become theirs, and if the Russians want to prevent that from happening, they need to cooperate with the U.S. and start becoming part of the solution rather than trying to sabotage global efforts for peace.

Looking Back on Iraq, Looking Forward in Afghanistan

Adam Cohen | Posted 05.28.2013 | World
Adam Cohen

While reminiscing on the war that was, it is critical to think of the on-going war in Afghanistan to which the Iraq war is so closely linked.

War Strategies of the Blind

Rick Ayers | Posted 03.31.2013 | Books
Rick Ayers

The problem is that the U.S. media has no voice critical of the overall enterprise. Even liberal outlets like National Public Radio and The New York Times are all united in the project of occupation. No one bothers to examine the history.

General Malaise

Douglas A. Wissing | Posted 01.19.2013 | World
Douglas A. Wissing

Is this brouhaha distracting us from the real question: Have these generals been effective? Have any of the eleven U.S. commanders over the last eleven years been effective?

Petraeus: Much Less Than Acclaimed

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

The nation deserves consolation -- the loss to America of General Petraeus is much smaller than the media has made it out to be.

McGruff the Crime Dog in Afghanistan: Battling the Taliban's Influence in Schools

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 10.16.2012 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

When U.S. Major Lee and Captain Gil entered Ganat Kahiyl High School in Zormat District, Paktia Province in Eastern Afghanistan, a local teacher slipp...

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...

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...

Security Pact Ensures America's Presence in Afghanistan

Malou Innocent | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Malou Innocent

President Obama's arrival in Afghanistan and signing of the strategic partnership agreement with President Karzai supposedly represents yet another corner turned in our nearly eleven year (and counting) war.

'The American Homeland Is the Planet'

Malou Innocent | Posted 06.17.2012 | Politics
Malou Innocent

Wars are incredibly wasteful and counterproductive to the goal of stopping terrorism. Unfortunately, U.S. officials remain hostage to the outdated notion that a specific territory matters -- they remain possessed by a sort of safe haven syndrome.

Troops Out, Now What?

American Anthropological Association | Posted 05.29.2012 | College
American Anthropological Association

Militarism in the U.S. seems to have a gravitational force pulling a wide array of resources and sectors into its orbit. Our involvement with Iraq serves as a case study for how deeply rooted militarism is in American culture and political life.

In Afghanistan, the Dam Breaks

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.16.2012 | World
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

The war for hearts and minds is over. It's lost in Afghanistan, and it's lost at home. The president and Congress should do us all a favor and stop letting people get killed for it, and get our people out of there.

The Situation in Afghanistan Gets Worse

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics
Jon Soltz

President Obama has a lot of issues to weigh with regards to Afghanistan, but I really hope he sides with the American troops on the ground. They're now being asked by our government to provide security to a population in a mission that is no longer wanted by the democratically elected leader of that country, making their current mission untenable and unproductive. Therefore, the only conclusion he can come to is to engage U.S. forces in a mission that can be successful. And that is an immediate transition to an Advise, Train, and Assist role, on the way towards a negotiated counter-terror mission with a very limited footprint.

Time to End Counter-Insurgency In Afghanistan

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.12.2012 | World
Jon Soltz

The counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan has failed, and it is time for President Obama to abandon it. In the wake of the horrific incident where a US soldier killed 16 innocent Afghans, and just weeks after American Marines were caught on tape desecrating the body of a dead enemy, and a pile of Korans were burned, that much is clear. It is time to employ a mission in Afghanistan that actually works, and leave a residual force in the region that focuses on destroying real threats to America. The sooner President Obama announces that, the better off our military and America will be.

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?

Romney Comes Out for Endless War in Afghanistan

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Mitt Romney just made it clear: While the president will begin to transition us out of Afghanistan, a President Mitt Romney would keep us there in an open-ended commitment.

Video of Marine Atrocities Highlights Split Between Right Wing and Our Military

Jon Soltz | Posted 03.13.2012 | World
Jon Soltz

There are no words to express my disgust at the video making the rounds today, of U.S. Marines apparently urinating on the dead bodies of the Taliban.