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President Wants More Money for the War

The president will ask Congress to approve $245 billion in additional funds for “military and diplomatic operations” in Iraq and Afghanistan over the next two years when he submits his budget on Monday. We’re guessing not much of that would actually be spent on diplomacy.

Posted on Feb 2, 2007 READ MORE


Nancy Pelosi
npr.org

Nancy Pelosi Returns from ‘Chaotic’ Iraq

Nancy Pelosi, who just returned from Iraq, told NPR that “what is happening in Iraq is chaos,” adding that after all this time, “We just have to end it.” The speaker of the House also visited Afghanistan and said she supports sending more troops there to fight a resurgent Taliban.

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


Soldiers in Afghanistan
wikipedia.org

Administration Lengthens Tours of Duty in Afghanistan

The Bush administration has pledged $10.6 billion in aid to Afghanistan and said it will maintain troop levels there. But because soldiers are in short supply these days, the commitment will have to be met by troops already deployed, 3,200 of whom will have their tours extended by four months.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


Reforming Pakistan’s ‘Dens of Terror’

Pakistan’s “madrassas” have been described as “jihad universities” because of their ties to the Taliban and Islamic extremists, but a small-scale indigenous effort to reform the religious schools could be making more progress than the combined forces of the American, British and Pakistani governments.

Posted on Jan 22, 2007 READ MORE


Military Spending Boggles the Mind

The Pentagon estimates that the cost of the Iraq war will reach $8.4 billion a month this year, or $9.7 billion if you include Afghanistan. That’s up from $8 billion a month last year, and $4.4 billion back in 2003. Either America was getting twice as much war for half the price four years ago, or someone is inflating his budget.

Posted on Jan 19, 2007 READ MORE


The Man Who Helped Bin Laden Escape

Former Afghan Prime Minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said in a recent interview with Pakistani television that his forces led Osama Bin Laden from the mountains of Tora Bora to a “safe place” in late 2001, after U.S. troops had surrounded the area.

Posted on Jan 12, 2007 READ MORE


Military Sacrifices Soldiers for Escalation

The Pentagon will no longer limit the time a soldier can spend fighting on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. The military can now cycle the same troops indefinitely in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan, where soldiers previously could not serve more than 24 cumulative months.

Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: An Unhappy Anniversary for Guantanamo

When the first captives were flown from Afghanistan to Guantanamo five years ago, no one knew the military base would eventually be transformed into a symbol of American tyranny and shame.

Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Bush’s Bruised Ego

If the president orders a “surge” of U.S. troops into Iraq, he will force a confrontation with a Congress no longer enamored with his once-vaunted political instincts.

Posted on Jan 4, 2007 READ MORE


Abizaid and Casey
theonion.com

Bush Pushing Out U.S. Generals in Iraq

According to ABC News, the president intends to replace Gen. Bob Casey, who currently oversees the Iraq war, with Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, and when Gen. John Abizaid retires in March, Bush will ask Adm. William Fallon to take over Central Command. Leave it to Bush to find someone from the Navy to oversee two ground wars.

Posted on Jan 4, 2007 READ MORE


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nytimes.com

Iran’s Afghan Strategy

Iran has flooded Afghanistan with both good works and propaganda, writes The New York Times’ David Rohde, in an effort to spread its influence. While the U.S. has resisted Tehran’s ascendancy in Iraq, it seems the Bush administration’s growing disinterest in Afghanistan extends to Iran’s presence there.

Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE


Military Wants Even More Money

The Pentagon has asked the White House for an additional $99.7 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, for a total increase of $50 billion over last year’s record spending. According to the Congressional Research Service, military spending on Iraq, Afghanistan and other operations has exceeded $500 billion so far.

Posted on Dec 20, 2006 READ MORE


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Truthdig’s One Year Anniversary

Truthdig turned one year old last Wednesday, and we couldn’t have done it without you. So thanks!  In honor of the occasion, we’re taking a look back on 12 of the most popular stories of the last 12 months.

Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


Shrouded women

Women in Afghanistan

With the resurgence of the Taliban, women in Afghanistan are once again rated by the United Nations as being “among the worst-off in the world.” Learn more about their plight in the companion piece to Christian Parenti’s larger article,  “Afghan Autopsy.”

Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


Shrouded women

Under the Shroud: Women and the Taliban

The Feminist Majority’s Lorraine Sheinberg created the 1999 documentary that first focused attention on the Taliban’s brutal oppression of women in Afghanistan. It’s worth another look now.

Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


Afghan autopsy

Afghan Autopsy

America began its so-called war on terror with the intention of driving the Taliban from power in Afghanistan. Five years later, the Taliban is back, Osama bin Laden is still alive, and insurgent fighters cite the U.S. presence in the country as their main wellspring of rage. How did it come to this? Truthdig contributor Christian Parenti, just back from Afghanistan, reports.

Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: Campaign ‘06—Goodbye and Good Riddance

A few things from this season that I will miss: Katherine Harris wearing less and less blue eye shadow as she went through her Senate race; waking up each morning to a new GOP indictment; and the head of the House’s exploited children panel being revealed as a child exploiter.

Posted on Nov 6, 2006 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: Bush and Israel, Midwives to Radical Islam

The former New York Times Mideast bureau chief argues that America’s failure in Iraq and Israel’s humiliation in Lebanon have emboldened and empowered those in the Arab world who seek to topple U.S.-backed regimes in the Middle East and cripple the Jewish state.

Posted on Nov 6, 2006 READ MORE


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Posted on Nov 3, 2006 READ MORE


Road to Guantanamo

The Long and Winding Road

In “The Road to Guantanamo,” directors Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross meld documentary and re-creation to tell the story of three British citizens who were held by the United States in Guantanamo Bay for two years without charge.

  • Earlier: Read a Truthdig article on the film

  • Posted on Oct 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Pat and Kevin Tillman
    Courtesy of the Tillman Family

    After Pat’s Birthday

    Kevin Tillman joined the Army with his brother Pat in 2002, and they served together in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Pat (left, above) was killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. Kevin has written a powerful, must-read document.

    Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Afghanistan video

    Interview With the Taliban

    The Nation’s Christian Parenti goes inside Taliban communities and fighting groups in this excellent article and video, which document “the mounting frustration in Afghanistan with government corruption, military occupation and a seemingly endless war.”

    Posted on Oct 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Marie Cocco: The Death of Safia Ama Jan

    The unpunished slaying of an Afghan women’s-rights worker belies America’s commitment to the liberation of Afghanistan’s female population.

    Posted on Oct 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Afghan girls
    flickr/TKnoxB

    The Forgotten War

    The U.N. refugee agency says about 200,000 people have been displaced by fighting in southern Afghanistan as NATO forces clash with a re-energized Taliban.

    Posted on Oct 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Sen. Frist: Bring Taliban Into Gov’t

    The Senate majority leader, having concluded that we can’t win a guerrilla war in Afghanistan, wants to invite the Taliban and its supporters back into the government.
    So, all that talk about bringing democracy and freedom to Afghanistan ... screw it, huh? Let’s just give the place back to the harborers of the 9/11 attackers?

    Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer: A War on Intelligence

    All 16 U.S. intelligence services have concluded that Bush’s war in Iraq “has become the ‘cause celebre’ for jihadists” worldwide, but that won’t deter a president who puts no stock in intelligence.

    Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Murder and Torture in Afghanistan

    The L.A. Times debuts a multi-part special on alleged atrocities and abuses of Afghans at the hands of U.S. Special Forces.

  • Andrew Sullivan, commenting on this, writes: “In the future, when history is written, just remember: It’s not that we weren’t told what was going on. It’s that we looked the other way.”

  • Posted on Sep 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Grim New Milestones

    U.S. combat deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan now equal the 2,973 lives lost during the Sept. 11 attacks. Also, the number of civilians slain in Iraq in the last month reached an unprecedented level: 6,599 dead.

  • And, oh yeah: Not only are U.S. troop levels in Iraq unlikely to decrease any time soon, but U.S. commanders say even more troops are needed.

  • Posted on Sep 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Gore Vidal: Reflections on 9/11

    The legendary man of letters sees echoes of Rome’s devolution from republic to empire in America’s imperial misadventures since the Sept. 11 attacks.

    Posted on Sep 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush at the U.N.
    From CNN

    First Reaction to Bush’s Speech

    Speaking to the people of Afghanistan during his speech at the U.N. this afternoon, President Bush lauded his administration for toppling the Taliban and erecting a free government in their place. He then proceeded to paper over the small inconvenient truth that the Taliban are resurgent in Afghanistan and operating with impunity.

    Posted on Sep 19, 2006 READ MORE


    9/11

    Robert Scheer: Gaping Holes in the 9/11 Narrative

    Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer puts the 9/11 conspiracy theories in perspective.

    Posted on Sep 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer— Afghanistan: High on Opium, Not Democracy

    While Bush was distracted with Iraq, the patrons of terrorism were very much in business back where the 9/11 attack was hatched, turning Afghanistan into a narco-state that provides a lucrative source of cash for the “evildoers” Bush forgot about.

    Posted on Sep 5, 2006 READ MORE


    More Than 200 Taliban Fighters Die in Afghan Clash

    Two thousand NATO and Afghan soldiers are involved in the largest military operation to occur in southern Afghanistan since NATO took over the area in early July. The explosion of violence in the area has taken the lives of over 200 Taliban fighters and of four Canadian soldiers. A UK reconnaissance plane also crashed, killing 14 people.

    Posted on Sep 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Interview MSNBC

    Bush Talks Nonsense With Brian Williams

    Watch with amazement as our commander in chief mangles the English language,  and speaks nonsensically about the war in Iraq, America’s standing in the world, his relationship with his father, and Albert Camus. (Via crooksandliars) A must-see!

    Posted on Aug 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Ann Coulter
    From Fox News

    Faced With Reality, Coulter Walks

    When conservative hate mistress Ann Coulter told two Democratic strategists on Fox News that Afghanistan was “going swimmingly,” they went to town on her, and Coulter cut her interview short. Watch it.

    Posted on Aug 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Military Prepping New ‘Pentagon Papers’

    The Pentagon has ordered up a series of studies to examine the military’s failures in Iraq and Afghanistan, reports the Boston Globe. According to one of the authors, the findings (scheduled for this fall) “won’t be pretty.”

    Posted on Aug 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Brutally Spanks Rumsfeld Over Iraq

    Hillary Clinton raked Donald Rumsfeld over the coals on Thursday over his “failed” prosecution of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She closed with a knockout punch: “Given your track record, Secretary Rumsfeld, why should we believe your assurances now?” (video and transcript) Rumsfeld was left sputtering.

    Posted on Aug 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Tillman memorial service
    AP /Gene Lower

    Playing the Atheism Card Against Pat Tillman’s Family

    The family of slain NFL-player-turned-Army-Ranger Pat Tillman may have been irreligious, but does that mean they’re not entitled to the truth about the fratricide that killed their son? New Truthdig contributor Stan Goff, a retired U.S. Army Special Forces soldier who has written extensively on the topic, probes for the truth.

    Posted on Jul 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Child brides of Afghanistan
    From Stephanie Sinclair / The New York Times

    The Child Brides of Afghanistan

    The N.Y. Times presents a photo essay on girls as young as 11 being married off to men three or four times their age, sometimes to settle gambling debts. The last line of the accompanying textual essay is as heartbreaking as anything you’ll ever read.

    Posted on Jul 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Army Equipment Costs for Two Wars Will Triple

    The annual cost of replacing, repairing and upgrading Army equipment in Iraq and Afghanistan is expected to more than triple next year to more than $17 billion, according to Army documents obtained by the Associated Press.
    And we still can’t find the money for schools, healthcare, environmental-technology research ... oh, never mind.

    Posted on Jun 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Afghanistan Spiraling Ever Downward

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai is proving unable to control the insurgency that is terrorizing large swaths of the country.

    Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Gitmo
    From AndrewSullivan.com

    Gitmo and Afghanistan Interrogation Tactics Exposed

    In a new book, a medical ethicist has compiled a list of interrogation techniques documented at U.S. detention centers in Guantanamo and Afghanistan. They include: external electric shocks; beating; punching with fists; use of truncheons; stretching or suspension (to tear ligaments or muscles to cause asphyxia) ...
    UPDATE: An L.A. Times reporter writes that the barring of U.S. reporters from Gitmo “make[s] us all the more determined to question, probe and illuminate the actions of our government being waged in the country’s name.”

    Posted on Jun 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Kabul Riot
    AP / Fraidoon Pooyaa

    Anti-U.S. Riots in Kabul Show Mission Unaccomplished

    A traffic incident in the Afghan capital led to rumors of an American-on-Afghan massacre. Massive riots ensued. Bitter resentment of occupying U.S. forces has been laid bare. “Today has set us back 10 years,” said a NATO-employed Afghani security worker.

    Posted on May 29, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Hasn’t Curbed Torture: Report

    Amnesty International’s report says the U.S. has failed to eradicate “widespread” torture in its jails in Iraq, Afghanistan and Cuba. Also, no senior U.S. officials have been held accountable for the practices.

    Posted on May 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Cleveland
    AP/Mark Duncan

    Bush Bombs in Cleveland

    On the third anniversary of the beginning of his Iraq catastrophe, President Bush yet again dealt in denial, but this time the carefully screened audience at the Cleveland City Club wasn’t buying it.

    Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Condeleezza Rice
    From pravda.ru

    The Making of the Boogeyman, 2006

    As part of Bush & Co.‘s campaign to turn Iran into the next imminent threat, Condoleezza Rice calls Tehran a “central banker for terrorism.”
    So, just to get this straight: Iran is the new Iraq, which was the new Afghanistan, which was the new Russia?

    Posted on Mar 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush the Internationalist

    “It’s hard to keep up with George W. Bush’s shuttles between internationalism and isolationism. You may recall ... he couldn’t even be bothered to learn the names of the Grecians and Kosovians.”

    Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


    pat_tillman_fratricide

    ‘They tried to attach themselves to his virtue; then they wiped their feet with him.’—Mary Tillman

    With the Pentagon’s inspector general suggesting criminal negligence in the killing of former NFL star and Army Ranger Pat Tillman, it is time to demand congressional hearings into the way the Bush administration cynically spun the story to serve its political purposes at the expense of the truth.

    Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


    House Moves Toward Scuttling Ports Deal

    Breaking with Bush, House Republicans will allow a vote that could prevent a UAE company from gaining control over six major U.S. ports.

    Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


    pat_tillman
    From the U.S. Army

    Army Plans Criminal Investigation into Tillman’s Death

    The military originally said the former NFL player was killed by enemy fire, but it turned out he was shot by his fellow Rangers. Now a lawmaker is alleging a possible coverup by the Army.

    Posted on Mar 5, 2006 READ MORE


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