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AP / Charles Dharapak

Here We Go Again

After 30 years of failure, and thanks to the political opportunism of the current commander in chief, the Afghanistan war is still without end or logical purpose.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Artur Shvartsberg

The Audacity of Obama’s Hopeful Exit Strategy

Thanks to high-level leaks, we now know semiofficially that President Obama plans to deploy 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, that he will announce a time frame for withdrawal and that his exit strategy (as well as Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s) depends on the expansion of the dysfunctional Afghanistan National Army. (continued) Update

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Cyber Monday Edition

No bargains here, just the news and notes that caught the eye of esteemed scholar and infomaniac Larry Gross.  Mega updates

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 READ MORE


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Catch Up on the News With Larry’s List: Thanksgiving Weekend Edition

It’s been a long holiday weekend of gratitude and family strife, yet somehow the world continues to turn. Here comes Larry Gross with an update of all that’s new and interesting.

Posted on Nov 29, 2009 READ MORE



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Top German Soldier Quits Over Cover-Up

Germany’s top soldier, army chief Wolfgang Schneiderhan, has resigned over accusations of a cover-up after officials withheld information about a NATO airstrike that killed dozens of civilians in Afghanistan.

Posted on Nov 26, 2009 READ MORE


Colbert Conservatives and Military Waste

Every American will spend $2,700 on the military next year and the Pentagon “lost” at least $1 trillion, but how dare you criticize the military?

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Report: Obama to Expand Afghan War by 50 Percent

President Obama won’t unveil his plans for Afghanistan until next week, but military officials tell the AP he intends to escalate the war by sending up to 35,000 additional troops. Press secretary Robert Gibbs said the plan would include an exit strategy, but that’s little consolation for the doves who got Obama elected. (continued)

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 READ MORE


JFK

Delay Worked for Kennedy

With Vietnam, John F. Kennedy counted on the fact that one of the most effective ways to take a decision is to postpone it until it no longer is relevant. This is what Barack Obama has been able to do until now.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE



The Guantanamo Lawyers: Shipwrecked

This important new book tells the story of the world’s most famous prison from the perspective of the lawyers who toiled under notoriously difficult conditions on behalf of the detainees.

Posted on Nov 22, 2009 READ MORE


Battlefield in the War of Ideas

If killing a terrorist in Kandahar creates one in Killeen, we’ll never make progress.

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Sgt. Mark Fayloga

Intelligentsia Against Intelligence

Any hope that we aren’t turning into a full-on slobbering idiocracy was snuffed out last week by two of the Washington intelligentsia’s most respected voices.

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 READ MORE


Enough G-2 Talk Already

I have never understood the widely touted idea or assumption of China-U.S. equality or partnership or joint rule of the world or superpower partnership that has dominated the press coverage of Barack Obama’s trip to Asia.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Chuck Kennedy

The Afghanistan Speech Obama Should Give (but Won’t)

President Obama will undoubtedly address the American people on whatever decision he makes about the war in Afghanistan. Every sign indicates that it will not sound like this.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009 READ MORE


Hungering for a True Thanksgiving

“Over 1 billion people are chronically hungry,” says the U.N., yet it would take only $44 billion per year to end hunger globally.

Posted on Nov 17, 2009 READ MORE



Modified from an archival White House photo by David Morse

The Demilitarization of the White House

Barack Obama has made a welcome change to the presidency, dropping the praetorian guard that used to flank his predecessor at every opportunity.

Posted on Nov 17, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Hatem Moussa

The New State Solution

The collapse of the Palestinian Authority, the result of Israel’s 42-year refusal to implement a two-state solution, leaves the Palestinians no option but to unilaterally declare an independent state.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 READ MORE


We Need a Civilian ‘ROTC’

The military does not rely solely on patriotic feelings to build its force, and neither should the civilian parts of government.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 READ MORE


Where Are the Real Deficit Hawks?

Save $110 billion, or spend $6.3 trillion? In recent months, tea party protesters and Congress’ so-called fiscal conservatives chose the latter.

Posted on Nov 12, 2009 READ MORE


Bring Them Home, Mr. President

It is wrong to sacrifice troops without military goals that are clear, achievable and worthwhile. And what goals in Afghanistan remotely satisfy those criteria?

Posted on Nov 12, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Sgt. Matthew Moeller

Getting Out of Afghanistan With Grace

The best way to deal with an insurrection is not to go in the first place. The second-best way is to get out as quickly and gracefully as possible.

Posted on Nov 12, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Daniel Martin Moman

U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Rains on Surge Parade

Karl W. Eikenberry, a former top-ranking general who once commanded allied forces in Afghanistan and now leads America’s diplomatic mission in Kabul, has reportedly urged President Obama to delay any escalation of the war until Hamid Karzai ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Herbert Knosowski

Gorbachev’s Sermon on the Mount

Mikhail Gorbachev is not honored enough for the example he set. His past practices and recent cautions about Afghanistan should be heeded by Barack Obama.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

A Disappointing Year With Obama

Who would have thought a year ago that most of the issues of conflict in America’s foreign relations would be made worse during the first year following Barack Obama’s election as U.S. president?

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 READ MORE


When a Time Bomb Is Ticking

Fairness is one thing, foolishness is another. Any soldier who seemed to be falling apart—Muslim or not—should have been given extra scrutiny.

Posted on Nov 9, 2009 READ MORE



AP / David Guttenfelder

Afghanistan’s Sham Army

American military commanders measure progress by the swelling size of the Afghan army, although the force is said to be poorly trained, sympathetic to the Taliban and the scourge of local populations.

Posted on Nov 9, 2009 READ MORE



news.yahoo.com

Okinawans Step Up U.S. Base Protest

With a new populist government in place in Tokyo, the people of Okinawa are stepping up their protest against the relocation of a U.S. Marine Corps air base on the island. They want the base gone altogether.

Posted on Nov 8, 2009 READ MORE


Pat and Kevin Tillman
Courtesy of the Tillman Family

Happy Birthday, Pat Tillman

Pat Tillman’s birthday is Nov. 6, and we wish to commemorate his life by republishing Truthdig’s most popular piece, “After Pat’s Birthday,” written by Pat’s brother, Kevin Tillman.

Posted on Nov 6, 2009 READ MORE


Learning to Speak Anew in a Tribal World

The international conversation since the Second World War tended to be something of an American monologue, but that’s changing now that the United States is widely perceived as a large part of the current world problem.

Posted on Nov 5, 2009 READ MORE



USMC / Sgt. Christopher R. Rye

Scott Ritter on Afghanistan: Don’t Believe the Hype

Is the war in Afghanistan worth the sacrifice of even one American life? Former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter says, “No! ... We are allowing the battle in Afghanistan to be defined by a domestic American political imperative. There is no urgency in Afghanistan, there is urgency in Washington, D.C.”

Posted on Nov 5, 2009 READ MORE


What Option for Afghan Women?

Have you heard this old proverb? Whether the rock hits the pitcher or the pitcher hits the rock, it’s going to be bad for the pitcher. Women are the pitcher in this story.

Posted on Nov 5, 2009 READ MORE



dearcinema.com

Magic Bomb Wand Would Be Funny if It Didn’t Kill People

What’s wrong with a $60,000 wand that can detect explosives and truffles from up to a kilometer away? Nothing, if it works. The U.S. military, technicians, journalists and people with eyes have been trying to get Iraqi officials to see reason, but that doesn’t bother one Gen. Jabiri, who says ... (Continued)

Posted on Nov 4, 2009 READ MORE



Truthdig

McGovern: Get Out of Afghanistan

George McGovern has some advice for President Barack Obama: Get U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. “I’m convinced that war is going to turn sour. I’m convinced we’re not going to prevail there,” he said.

Posted on Nov 4, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Artur Shvartsberg

Today’s U.S. Army and Its Ambitions

It is possible that the creation of an all-professional U.S. Army has been Congress’ most dangerous decision.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE



USMC / Sgt. Christopher R. Rye

Scott Ritter on Afghanistan: Don’t Believe the Hype

Is the war in Afghanistan worth the sacrifice of even one American life? Former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter says, “No! ... We are allowing the battle in Afghanistan to be defined by a domestic American political imperative. There is no urgency in Afghanistan, there is urgency in Washington, D.C.”

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Musadeq Sadeq

Opium, Rape and the American Way

The warlords we champion in Afghanistan are as venal, as opposed to the rights of women and basic democratic freedoms, and as heavily involved in opium trafficking as the Taliban.

Posted on Nov 2, 2009 READ MORE



AP / David Guttenfelder

McChrystal Doesn’t Get It—Does Obama?

President Obama may have won the Nobel Peace Prize, but if he allows himself to be bullied into supporting Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s foray into Afghanistan, he will reveal himself as the worst kind of warmonger.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE


Afghan Poppy Trade Blurs All the Lines

The opium poppy was introduced to Afghanistan more than 2,300 years ago by the armies of Alexander the Great. His forces were eventually driven out, like those of every would-be conqueror since. The poppy has proved more tenacious.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / cometstarmoon

House Dems Water Down Public Option

If the point of health care reform is to do something about skyrocketing medical costs, then the House reform bill just got a little more pointless. Although the speaker and other House liberals had hoped to hitch the public option’s negotiating power to Medicare’s wagon ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 28, 2009 READ MORE


Obama signs bill
AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama Trims (Some) Fat with Weapons Bill

In a move that some are praising as a major victory against the powerful weapons lobby, President Barack Obama was able to cut out several expensive programs, thus cutting down on defense spending, in the new $680 billion dollar military bill he signed Wednesday. However, before we get too excited, let’s be clear here: That’s still $680 billion, after all.

Posted on Oct 28, 2009 READ MORE


Arrogant U.S. Misses the Message From Pakistan’s People

When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Pakistan this week, she will hear a lot about how fearful the Pakistan populace is, not of the Taliban and al-Qaida, but of the United States.

Posted on Oct 27, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol

The War Condolences Obama Hasn’t Sent

U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Chancellor Keesling died in Iraq on June 19, 2009, from “a non-combat related incident,” according to the Pentagon. Keesling had killed himself.

Posted on Oct 27, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Rafiq Maqbool

War Is a Hate Crime

The first major federal civil rights law protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, passed last week, was attached to a measure funding ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Spc. Tia P. Sokimson

The Country That Cries Wolf

European allies have tired of America’s cries of “wolf! wolf!” in Iraq (yesterday), Afghanistan (today), and (I fear) Pakistan or Somalia or Kashmir tomorrow.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Cohen A. Young

Does Military Service Turn Young Men Into Sexual Predators?

It can be shown that the patterns of military sex crimes are old and widespread—for generations, military service has transformed large numbers of American boys into sexual predators. So it seems reasonable to ask whether perhaps there is something about military culture or training or experience that can be identified as causative, and then, perhaps, changed.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE


Turkish Cooperation—and Coffee—in Short Supply for Israel

Other than the United States, Turkey has probably been the most important of Israel’s allies, but now it is getting the “freedom fries” treatment.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 READ MORE


Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

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Posted on Oct 19, 2009 READ MORE    


With Al-Qaida Fading, Why Expand the Afghan War?

Given the Western world’s obsession with al-Qaida, it’s remarkable that public discourse makes little mention of the fact that the terror group is going out of business.

Posted on Oct 15, 2009 READ MORE


Lt. Choi Won’t Lie for His Country

Since “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993, 13,500 soldiers, sailors and Marines have been discharged from the military.

Posted on Oct 13, 2009 READ MORE


Obama Promises End to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Again.

President Obama, echoing many of the claims he made on the campaign trail, promised at a Human Rights Campaign gala Saturday to overturn “don’t ask, don’t tell” and called for “full [legal] equality” for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and an end to anti-gay discrimination. On Sunday, thousands descended on Washington in a march whose organizers said the LGBT community will not accept a piecemeal approach to civil rights.

Posted on Oct 11, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Emilio Morenatti

Unintended Consequences in Nuclear Pakistan

The Obama administration has already begun to escalate the fighting in Pakistan, a policy that could make even the Nixon-Kissinger destruction of Cambodia seem like a pleasant memory.

Posted on Oct 9, 2009 READ MORE


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