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Obama West Point Speech

Who's the Huckster for This High-Interest War?

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

On Afghanistan, either the general or the president (or both) is a huckster for this high-interest war. We'll know from the White House's response to this military media blitz just who the huckster really is.

War Propaganda: Soldiers Become Pawns For The Powerful

Jake Diliberto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Diliberto

As a Patriotic American and a former Marine, I urge all of us to get realistic about this war. At the rate of 8 billion dollars a month, do Americans want to be in Afghanistan for the next 15 years?

West Point Cadets Will Serve 'In Harm's Way'

AP | MICHAEL HILL | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Warned by President Barack Obama that they face a long, dangerous road, U.S. Military Academy graduates said they were undaun...

The Afghanistan Parenthesis [UPDATED]

David Bromwich | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Bromwich

Recent restatements of policy from high-ranking administration officials flatly contradicts what Americans heard the president declare last Tuesday at West Point.

Jason Linkins

President Obama Did Use The Word 'Terrorism' At West Point, Despite What You May Have Heard | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

It seems to me that if the aftermath of the Crotchfire Attack on NWA Flight 253 proved anything about Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.), it's that hi...

Are We Not Romans?

Michael Vlahos | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Vlahos

Americans like to compare themselves to old Romans, especially those martial neocons-of-the-soft-hands and their adder-tongued women. But hearken: It may be a fair analogy.

What Does 30,000 Troops Really Buy Us?

Megan Carpentier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Megan Carpentier

Is a graceful withdrawal and a less unstable puppet government worth more American lives? Are those lives really worth that "success"?

Obama Afghanistan Speech: Reactions, Analysis

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Obama laid out his plan for the buildup of U.S. troops in Afghanistan Tuesday night in a speech at the United States Military Academy, saying that "ou...

Obama Afghanistan Speech LIVE: Watch Video, Twitter Analysis

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Follow the Afghanistan hearing live through our curated Twitter lists. Do you know a tweeter who's perfect for one of these lists? Email us at twitter...

Are War Generals Undermining Obama's Command In Afghanistan?

Politico | DAVID ROGERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Implicit in the president's decision is an effective cap of about 100,000 for the American force, but top Democrats fear that unless Obama is more ass...

Obama's Afghan Deadline Was Right

Stephen Schlesinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Schlesinger

The most explosive controversy over President Obama's address at West Point is the deadline he has proposed for the beginning of withdrawal of US forc...

Obama's Afghan War Plan: Nine Key Points

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The basic details of President Obama's new Afghanistan strategy have been slowly emerging over the last 2 days, providing an increasingly clear pictur...

More and More, Obama Seems a Faux Liberal

John R. MacArthur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John R. MacArthur

Instead of shoring up Obama's image of goodness, liberals really should be asking, "Does the president have a conscience?" Because if he does, he's really no better than Nixon.

Reporter Took Gun To Obama's West Point Speech, Asked To Leave

TPM LiveWire | Rachel Slajda | December 3, 2009, 3:41PM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

A local reporter attempting to cover President Obama's speech at West Point this week was not allowed in when he told security officials he had a hunt...

A Few Small Questions About Obama's Afghanistan Surge

Mayhill Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mayhill Fowler

Why would any civilian, an expert in agriculture or public health or energy infrastructure, be willing to give his or her life for a project to which our president is not fully committed?

Sam Stein

Obama's Speech By The Words: Low On Democracy, Heavy On Security | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama's speech at West Point on Tuesday night, in which he announced the addition of U.S. 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, was more about broad...

The Afghan Speech Obama Should Give, But Won't

TomDispatch | Tom Dispatch | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Sure, the quote in the over-title is only my fantasy. No one in Washington -- no less President Obama -- ever said, "This administration ended, rather...

Jason Linkins

Obama's Use Of 'Terror': Reporters Still Struggling To Use Internet To Verify Claims | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

One of the last things I did in 2009 was to lament the awesome stupidity of a press corps that seemed unable to do even basic fact-checking, such as u...

Obama at West Point: One Week Later

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

I worry that we are not informed citizens. I worry about putting our promising young men and women in harm's way. But most of all, I worry that this fight might be lost and unjust.

9/11? Yes, 9/11.

Oliver Willis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Oliver Willis

If you don't support increasing the amount of troops, that is a fine and patriotic position to have, but folks on the Left have got to quit rewriting history by pretending Obama is somehow suddenly a hawk on Afghanistan.

Obama West Point Speech: Best Photos From The Night

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

After months of careful deliberation, President Obama laid out his plans for Afghanistan in a speech at West Point Tuesday night. See the best photos ...

Questions Obama Has To Answer Tonight

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

By deploying an additional 34k troops, without speeding up the departure from Iraq, our force will remain overstretched. How does the administration reconcile this issue?

Talking the Talk: An Exercise in Irony From West Point to Oslo

Eugene Jarecki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eugene Jarecki

If Barack Obama were truly seeking to apply Eisenhower's wisdom, he would need to examine whether his Afghan plan is not the very kind of "spectacular and costly action" against which Eisenhower once warned.

Fox News Wins Obama Afghanistan Speech Ratings

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Fox News handily won the cable news ratings race Tuesday night for President Obama's speech at West Point about sending more troops to Afghanistan. F...

The Forgotten Cost of War: Caring for Veterans

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

President Obama has finally laid out his strategy for Afghanistan. Unfortunately, he did so without using the word "veteran" and without articulating any back-end support for our returning troops.