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Afghan Rage Over Koran Burning

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 06.05.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

Protests continued across Afghanistan against Florida pastor Terry Jones's March 20 burning of a Koran. The violence killed three UN staffers and four...

How Politics Is Threatening Real Progress in Afghanistan

Howard G. Buffett | Posted 06.05.2011 | Impact
Howard G. Buffett

The Task Force for Business and Stability Operations has found an effective approach in Afghanistan, but those in Washington threatened by its progress must find a way to defend themselves.

What's Worse: Burning the Koran or Killing Innocent People Not Responsible for It?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 06.04.2011 | World
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

No matter how despicable Pastor Jones and his band of unmerry men might be, nothing can possibly justify this brutal retaliation or the failure to speak out against it.

One Blue Sky Above Us

Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Kathy Kelly

Peace activists, who have a long history of opposing war preparations in Colorado Springs, are protesting a USAF plan to acquire a new Combat Aviation Brigade, consisting of 120 helicopter gunships.

Petraeus Reveals Info That Was Kept 'Very Quiet'

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- Challenged by a congressman to "be honest" about how long American troops might have to fight in Afghanistan, Army Gen. David Petraeus r...

Petraeus' Propaganda War on Congress: The Truth Behind His Testimony

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Twenty million dollars was spent on the war in Afghanistan just during Gen. David Petraeus's testimony to Congress this morning. This month, we are on track to spend more than $10 billion in Afghanistan. And for what?

Amanda Terkel

Kirsten Gillibrand's Big Afghanistan Announcement | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While President Obama has said that U.S. combat forces will begin leaving Afghanistan in July 2011 and be fully out by 2014, the pace of...

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.

Hushing Up Civilian Casualties Investigations in Afghanistan

Erica Gaston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Erica Gaston

The detention of journalists for trying to provide an independent voice on security incidents in Afghanistan undermines Western governments' otherwise positive efforts to support free media there in the past 10 years.

Petraeus Launching Probe Of Reported Psy-Ops Activity

AP | PAULINE JELINEK and LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is ordering an investigation into charges that an army unit trained in psychological operatio...

Memorials to Purposelessness

Matthew Hoh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matthew Hoh

On this anniversary of Operation Moshtarak and the "official" escalation of the Afghan War, we must continue to argue for a new course forward for the United States in Afghanistan.

General Petraeus Out In Afghanistan: Report

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

***UPDATE*** Defense Department spokesman Geoff Morrell released this statement: Despite some sensational speculation by one of the London papers, I ...

Professor Lawrence Davidson Discusses Egypt, the U.S., and Israel

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Lawrence Davidson says, "Keep your eye on the language: When South Africa assigned rights according to race they called it apartheid. When Israel ass...

Letter From a Serviceman in Afghanistan

Matthew Hoh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matthew Hoh

I recently received an email from a friend in the Army on his second combat deployment to Afghanistan. His views illustrate the very real disconnect between our service members and diplomats.

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.

Amanda Terkel

Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers Wants Gen. Petraeus To Testify On Afghanistan | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's the rare issue that unites Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), but the call for Gen. David Petraeus to testify...

Afghanistan Corrupted by U.S. and 30 Years of Foreign Meddling

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

General David Petraeus, in a rare public show of indecorum, last week suggested that corruption has been a part of Afghan culture since the country ca...

Amanda Terkel

Petraeus Aide: If Troops Don't Like DADT Repeal, They Should Leave The Service | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A senior aide to David Petraeus, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, is out with a strong statement in support of repealing Don't A...

Dan Froomkin

Petraeus Indicates 2014 Afghanistan Deadline Not A 'Sure Thing' | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Gen. David Petraeus's admission that a U.S. victory in Afghanistan is not a "sure thing" by 2014 is the latest indication that the Obama administratio...

White House Worried About 'Deteriorating Stalemate' In Afghanistan

Politics Daily | David Wood | Posted 01.14.2013 | World

The assessments now pouring into the White House from Afghanistan run the gamut from discouraging to awful, as the Obama administration finishes up it...

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...

Leaks Wound Obama

Russ Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Baker

It is impossible to overestimate the significance of leaks from the military to the media, particularly to Bob Woodward and his paper, the Washington ...

How Can You Cover a War From Only One Side?

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Danny Schechter

There is a saying I may be twisting in the retelling to the effect of what you do unto others will be done onto you. In Karmic terms, it boils down to...

Beware of Generals Carrying Metrics

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amitai Etzioni

The newest way General Petraeus plans to measure success in the war in Afghanistan reminded me of what the government did when its campaign to persuade the public to stop smoking did not make much headway.

The McClellan Flip

Sen. Mike Gravel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Mike Gravel

By demoting Petraeus to commander of the Afghan War, Obama may have sowed the seeds of his own political destruction. The President should be parsing the statements in Petraeus' recent media blitz very carefully.