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Obama Afghan War


Gregory Beals | Posted 09.18.2014 | World
Gregory Beals

They fled Afghanistan through Iran into Turkey. Then they crossed the Aegean to Greece in two waves. Her father and brother were on the first boat and...

Wars of Attrition

Nick Turse | Posted 06.24.2012 | World
Nick Turse

More than 40 years after the Vietnam War's Tet Offensive, after more than a decade of war in Afghanistan, even after reviving the counterinsurgency doctrine (only to see it crash-and-burn in short order), the U.S. military still doesn't get it.

Overcoming Contradictions

Kathy Kelly | Posted 01.16.2012 | World
Kathy Kelly

The 72 percent of Australians who no longer want Australian troops to participate in the U.S./NATO war in Afghanistan will have to work very hard to be heard by their leaders.

We, the 99%, Demand the End of the Wars Now

Robert Naiman | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

A key lesson from Iraq for Afghanistan is this: we can force the Pentagon to eat a timetable for military withdrawal, and once we've forced them to eat it, we have the ability to force them to keep it down.

On War and Peace, the Senate Starts to Move

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.09.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Whatever may be true in any other arena, in trying to restrain any President on war powers -- always an extremely difficult task -- broad, bipartisan action is essential.

Obama Administration Entered Direct, Secret Talks With Taliban Leaders: Report

The New Yorker | Steve Koll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On August 22, 1998, Mullah Omar, the emir of Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, made a cold call to the State Department. The United States had just lobbed cr...

Commander: US Can't Seal Afghan-Pakistan Border

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — There's no practical way for U.S. troops to seal Afghanistan's vast border with Pakistan and stop all Taliban fighters from slippin...

Afghanistan War Initiative Losing Support From Liberal Lawmakers

POLITICO | Jonathan Allen and Marin Cogan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As President Barack Obama reaffirms his Afghanistan policy, he's also emboldening critics in Congress who think he should use a shakeup in commanding ...

Obama Administration Officials Debate Each Other On Exit Plan For Afghan War (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In advance of President Obama's State of the Union address tomorrow night, Rethink Afghanistan is urging the President to offer some clarity on what o...

Fred Thompson: Afghanistan War 'Has Been Lost'

Politico | Ben Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former Sen. Fred Thompson today intensified his party's criticism of President Obama's long deliberation over policy in Afghanistan, announcing that O...

Afghanistan Vote Masks Obama's Predicament, Again

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's relief at the agreement that could quiet the political crisis over Afghanistan's spoiled election masks hi...

Obama Faces Showdowns On Health Care, Afghanistan, Jobs

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will have scant time to rest up from his eight-day Asia trip. On Saturday, two days after his return to Wash...

Obama Afghanistan Decision: President Will Miss Self-Imposed Deadline

ABC News | Jake Tapper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Though the White House had been shooting for the president to make an announcement about his new strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan between November...

Gates: Military Will Fall In Line Behind Obama On Afghanistan

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the U.S. military will not hesitate in carrying out whatever mission President Barack Obama dec...

Obama's Clinical Trial on Afghanistan

Sam Isaac Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Isaac Edwards

Walking the streets of this ancient and haunting city, imbibing its culture and recalling its history, one can easily recognize why it suffers from a condition that can only be described as "perpetual dysfunction."

Does Obama Have A 'Credibility Gap' On Afghanistan?

Mother Jones | David Corn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama is still working on his big decision: what to do about the Afghanistan war? On Wednesday, he held another Situation Room strate...

Gates: Obama Advice On Afghan War Should Stay Private | Dan De Luce (AFP) – 5 Hours Ago | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON US military officers and civilians advising President Barack Obama on Afghanistan should keep their views private, Defense Secretary Robert...

Arlen Specter: We Should Not Send More Troops To Afghanistan

The Washington Independent | Spencer Ackerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On a blogger conference call this afternoon, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) announced he can't support a potential addition of U.S. troops in Afghanistan....

Public Approval Of Obama's Handling Of Afghan War Tumbles: Poll | Dan Balz and Jon Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As President Obama and his war cabinet deliberate a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, Americans are evenly and deeply divided over whether he s...

McChrystal Criticism Mounts Within Obama Administration

Christian Science Monitor | Dan Murphey and Ben Arnoldy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Lt. Col. Edward Stein, a US Army Ranger, had a specific task for the Afghan soldiers he was training: Do a security check in Kabul ahead of a speech b...

Obama Calls War Council Together For Meeting On Afghanistan

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama called his war council together Monday as he moves toward a decision on whether to add more U.S. forces in A...

Obama Narrows Afghan Strategy To 4 Possible Options

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE — The White House says President Barack Obama has narrowed down his decision for an Afghanistan strategy to four options. ...

White House: Leaving Afghanistan Not An Option

AP | BEN FELLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The White House said Monday that President Barack Obama is not considering a strategy for Afghanistan that would withdraw U.S. troo...

Obama Considers Dramatically Shifting Afghan War Strategy | PETER BAKER and ELISABETH BUMILLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- President Obama is exploring alternatives to a major troop increase in Afghanistan, including a plan advocated by Vice President Joseph ...

Obama: I Won't Rush Afghan Troop Decision | Karen DeYoung | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Obama pushed back Wednesday against pressure to make a decision about sending more troops to Afghanistan, saying he will resist any attempt ...