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Residual Force

Afghan 'Zero' Option Moves Front But Not Center

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 09.10.2013 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

Obama's determination to keep on the table the so-called "zero option" of a complete withdrawal of all American military forces from Afghanistan next year is not simply a bargaining ploy. There are policy reasons for a complete military departure the president could find persuasive.

New Report Reveals Why We'll Be Paying for the Iraq Occupation for Years to Come, Withdrawal or Not

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

With last week's announced escalation of the war in Afghanistan, Obama blew the lid off of any lingering perceptions that he represents a significant change in how the U.S. conducts its foreign policy.

Obama's Iraq: All Troops Out By 2011? Not So Fast

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

The contradiction between President Obama's speech at Camp Lejeune and his rhetoric before he was elected should serve as a warning to those who take his words at face value.

Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack: There They Go Again

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph A. Palermo

In today's New York Times, Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack make their same tired argument for permanently occupying Iraq they've been making for the last five years.

This (Old) News Just In... Obama Doesn't Plan to End the Iraq Occupation

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Scahill

Some people seem to just now be waking up to the fact that Obama never had a comprehensive plan to fully end the occupation. Obama never defined "ending the war" as removing all U.S. forces from Iraq.