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Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mikhail Metzel

Russia Has Trouble Escaping the Past

Russia has come a long way, but geopolitics in Eastern Europe are still overshadowed by a mutual distrust rooted in World War II.

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 READ MORE


Seven American Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

Monday was the deadliest day so far in 2010 for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. According to the Los Angeles Times, five American soldiers died in a bombing in the east and two in the country’s southern region.

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 READ MORE


Yanukovych and Putin
Wikimedia Commons / www.kremlin.ru

No NATO for Ukraine

With a nod to the Kremlin, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych proposed a bill to his parliament, which it approved Thursday, to keep their nation from joining NATO’s ranks. Take that, hegemonic Western policymakers!

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 READ MORE


Cairo meeting
AP / Amr Nabil

Israel Under Int’l Scrutiny for Flotilla Attack

Relations between Israel and friends like Turkey and the U.S. went south following Monday’s raid on a flotilla en route to Gaza, as differing reports emerged to challenge Israel’s account ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Obama Outlines National Security Doctrine

Eight years ago President George W. Bush went to West Point to declare a new, bomb-a-holic course for American security. Now, President Barack Obama has used the same platform to declare a revised doctrine, one that roots security in diplomatic engagement and international alliances.

Posted on May 22, 2010 READ MORE


What Next for NATO?

The European Union doesn’t know where it stands at this moment. NATO thinks it knows and is gambling.

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE


Afghan blast

Taliban Suicide Attack Kills 19, Including 5 Americans

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing Tuesday that targeted a U.S. convoy in Kabul, killing 19 people and marking the deadliest day so far this year for American troops in Afghanistan. In additional to the bomber, the dead included five Americans. Tuesday was also the day ... (continued)

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE


The NATO Nuisance

Large and firmly implanted bureaucratic organizations are almost impossible to kill, even when they have no reason to continue to exist, as NATO has not since the Soviet Union, communism and the Warsaw Pact all collapsed.

Posted on Apr 27, 2010 READ MORE


Bakiyev
Wikimedia Commons / Steele C.G. Britton, U.S. Air Force

Kyrgyz President Defiant as Transitional Gov’t Forms

Although he fled the capital city of Bishkek on Wednesday, Kyrgyzstan’s President Kurmanbek Bakiyev announced Thursday from an unknown locale that he wasn’t stepping down, despite the apparent takeover of the Krgyz government by opposition politicians, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Gibbs: Team Obama ‘Frustrated’ With Karzai’s Remarks

Relations between the U.S. and Afghanistan were further strained over the weekend after the White House caught wind of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s musings that he might join the Taliban as a reaction to pressure from the West to make some changes in his country.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE


Afghan newsstand
AP / Richard Vogel

The Taliban’s Glossy New Front in the Battle for Hearts and Minds

It’s sleek, it’s glossy, it’s in eloquent Arabic, Pashto and Dari, and it pours derision on American and NATO forces in Afghanistan; it is the brand new propaganda wing of the Taliban: not just Internet video of attacks on the Western armies in Helmand and Kandahar, but professionally produced magazines.

Posted on Apr 2, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Department of Defense

General Points Finger at Gays in Bosnian Massacre

Listen to this: John Sheehan, a retired U.S. Marine officer and former NATO supreme commander during the war in Bosnia, has finally found a scapegoat for the estimated 8,000-plus Muslims who died in 1995’s Srebrenica massacre: homosexual Dutch soldiers.

Posted on Mar 20, 2010 READ MORE


U.S. Allies in Europe Begin to Pull Back

The U.S. devotes large sums of money to subsidizing the participation in Afghanistan of small NATO countries and publicizing the affair as a true coalition operation, but NATO-nation political and public support for the war is faint and grudging because few believe the mission is realistic.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE


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McChrystal Apologizes for Afghan Civilian Deaths

America’s top military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, took to the Afghan airwaves Tuesday to apologize for the deaths of 27 civilians in an airstrike led by U.S. forces last week, according to The Christian Science Monitor.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Tommy Donovan

Alexander Haig Dies

Alexander Haig was chief of staff to Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal, secretary of state under Ronald Reagan, NATO’s supreme military commander and a longtime Republican hawk. He died Saturday in Baltimore at 85 from complications from an infection.

Posted on Feb 20, 2010 READ MORE


12 More Civilians Killed; McChrystal Apologizes to Karzai

The U.S. commander in Afghanistan has announced that a stray rocket used during an offensive against Taliban insurgents has killed 12 civilians. The commander has apologized to Afghan President Hamid Karzai for the incident.

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Karzai Weighs a Draft

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has tepidly announced he is pondering introducing conscription in order to build a domestic army and police force capable of taking over security operations from NATO troops in his war-torn country.

Posted on Feb 7, 2010 READ MORE


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nytimes.com

Romania to Host U.S. Missile Shield

In an announcement more apt for a dinner party than a defense memorandum, Romania has agreed to host a new U.S. missile shield in its territory aimed at protecting Western interests from the “emerging threat” of Iranian ballistic missiles.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 READ MORE


Afghan Wordplay

While “serious,” the situation in Afghanistan is no longer “deteriorating.” So says Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of NATO forces in the country, pointing to progress in the military effort there.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / UK in Afghanistan

‘Very Challenging Year’ for Afghanistan

According to NATO’s newly appointed chief civilian representative, 2010 in Afghanistan will see more violence and casualties, but will also mark a turning point in the fight against the Taliban.

Posted on Jan 31, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Karzai: Afghan Schoolchildren Killed in Military Operation

Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s office released a statement in which he said he “strongly condemns” a military operation involving “international forces”—one in a series that reportedly occurred over the weekend—in which at least eight Afghan schoolchildren were said to be among the civilian casualties.

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Marie Brown

The Charge of the Light Brigade

Perhaps inspired by reports that President Obama plans to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, Gordon Brown said Monday that Great Britain would deploy an additional 500 soldiers to the region. (continued)

Posted on Nov 30, 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


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


Pakistani soldiers
AP / K.M.Chaudary

Pakistan Getting Speedy Military Aid Delivery From Pentagon

After recent militant attacks in Pakistan that killed about 150, the Pentagon is pushing forward with plans to send about $200 million in military aid—in the form of equipment and “services,” according to Reuters.

Posted on Oct 16, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Brennan Linsley

Afghan Taliban Say They Have No International Agenda

The U.S. has been fighting in Afghanistan for eight years. To mark the anniversary, the Afghan Taliban asserted themselves via an Internet statement Wednesday, claiming they had—and have—no intention of attacking other countries, but they will continue to fight against Western colonizers as long as they occupy the country.

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 READ MORE


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milwoman.com

‘Spiraling Increases’ in Afghan Police Deaths

International efforts to expand Afghanistan’s security forces are being undermined by “spiraling increases” in violent deaths among the nation’s police officers as the eighth anniversary of the U.S. war approaches.

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE


Rasmussen and Obama
AP / Gerald Herbert

Obama Meets With NATO Chief on Afghan Strategy

President Barack Obama is under major pressure to sort out the future U.S. commitment and plan of action in Afghanistan, and thus his work was cut out for him during his huddle Tuesday with NATO leader Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 READ MORE


troops in Afghanistan
Flickr / U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Marcus J. Quarterman

McChrystal to Send Troop Request by Week’s End

The Obama administration is reconsidering its Afghanistan strategy in light of Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s startling “mission failure” warning. It’s unclear whether the White House will go along with McChrystal’s call for up to 40,000 more troops—but the general is apparently going to go ahead with his request over the next few days.

Posted on Sep 23, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Hasan Sarbakhshian

Secret Report Says Iran Could Build a Bomb

Let’s see how the cable news channels cover this one: A “secret report” by the International Atomic Energy Agency suggests that Iran has “sufficient information” to make a nuclear weapon and has “probably tested” a key component, but the agency admits it has no hard evidence of a warhead program in Iran.

Posted on Sep 18, 2009 READ MORE


Afghan election
AP / Musadeq Sadeq

Over 1M Afghan Election Votes May Be Fraudulent

A European Union election watchdog group has determined that as many as a third of the votes cast in the recent presidential election in Afghanistan might be fraudulent, which translates to as many as 1.1 million bogus votes—making Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s re-election seem suspect just as the tally tilted in his favor.

Posted on Sep 16, 2009 READ MORE


Afghan Man
guardian.co.uk / Ghaith Abdul-Ahad

The Human Costs of War

Last Friday, a NATO airstrike on two hijacked fuel trucks killed at least 90 people in Afghanistan. The Guardian, determined not to let the story pass into the ether of forgotten wartime reporting, managed to interview the families of some of the strike’s victims in a moving exposé of the incredible pain of war.

Posted on Sep 12, 2009 READ MORE



guardian.co.uk

Afghanistan Strike Kills 90

The war in Afghanistan should weigh heavy on the public’s mind, given the recent increase in troop levels and grumblings from high military officials about the manner in which the war is being fought. Now there’s news that a NATO airstrike has killed 90 people, 40 of them believed to be civilians, in the northern part of the country.

Posted on Sep 4, 2009 READ MORE


Obama and McChrystal
White House / Pete Souza

Top U.S. General Calls for Strategy Change in Afghanistan

General Stanley McChrystal, the top-ranking U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, on Monday issued his highly anticipated report about the status of the conflict on that troubled front, and his assessment of the situation doesn’t fully help President Obama’s cause in ramping up America’s Afghan war effort since he took office.

Posted on Aug 31, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Sgt. Zach Otto

Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough

After an initial bulk-up in the number of troops in Afghanistan earlier this year, the commander of NATO forces in that country is preparing to ask for 20,000 more international troops as part of the ongoing war against the perpetually resurgent Taliban.

Posted on Aug 30, 2009 READ MORE


Bomb in Kabul
AP / Kevin Frayer

Afghan News Outlets to Be Censored on Election Day

Tensions continue to build before Thursday’s presidential election in Afghanistan. After a spate of violence in the capital city of Kabul on Tuesday, including a suicide car bombing that killed at least eight people and wounded 53, the government banned local news outlets from reporting any similar incidents on election day.

Posted on Aug 18, 2009 READ MORE



USMC / Lance Cpl. James Purschwitz

Talking With the Taliban

After eight years of getting nowhere in Afghanistan, U.S. and British forces have decided to open negotiations with “second-tier” Taliban leaders. Those would be local bigwigs, as opposed to Mullah Omar and friends.

Posted on Jul 27, 2009 READ MORE


The West’s Reckless Approach to Relations With Russia

The basic question is whether the United States wishes to treat Russia as a permanent enemy, even if it is not. The result of treating states as enemies is that sooner or later they become them.

Posted on May 26, 2009 READ MORE


American soldiers
army.mil

Democracy at Gunpoint Guarantees U.S. Defeat

An account from the Taliban side of the Afghanistan war, which was published in The New York Times on May 5, provides devastating evidence of the failure that almost certainly will eventually overtake the United States and NATO.

Posted on May 5, 2009 READ MORE


Europe Needs No Part in Doomed Afghan War

If Obama had wanted to give the NATO allies prudent advice about how to avoid terrorist attacks, he should have told them to have nothing to do with the American war on terror, even if it is now under Obama management.

Posted on Apr 23, 2009 READ MORE


Obama

ObamaTube: Passover/Easter Edition

President Barack Obama draws upon the traditions and meanings behind “two very different holidays”—Passover and Easter—as his jumping-off point for his weekly address about the state of the country and the world ... and about his time rubbing elbows with other world leaders during the past week.

Posted on Apr 11, 2009 READ MORE


Obama at NATO

Obama Pitches Afghanistan Plan at NATO Huddle

President Obama’s NATO allies may have responded favorably to his call to ramp up the war effort in Afghanistan, but anti-war demonstrators near the French-German border made their opinions known with protests following the photo ops in Strasbourg, France, on Saturday.

Posted on Apr 4, 2009 READ MORE


Silence Meets Despair of Afghan Women

Afghanistan’s women are no longer in vogue. President Karzai has just signed a law that forces them to obey their husbands’ sexual demands and in general again consigns them to lives of brutal repression.

Posted on Apr 2, 2009 READ MORE


What Is the Point of NATO?

NATO today, approaching its 60th birthday, faces the prospect of sending home all of its units not willing to fight in Afghanistan under the American flag. They will go home to “defend” Europe. From whom?

Posted on Mar 20, 2009 READ MORE


Russia Red Square Tank
foreignpolicy.com

Mutually Assured Defense Spending

A hawkish speech by President Dmitry Medvedev may signal a massive overhaul and escalation of the Russian military. Fears of a growing threat posed by NATO have pushed Russian officials to plan a modernization of the country’s conventional and nuclear forces by 2011.

Posted on Mar 18, 2009 READ MORE


Sarkozy’s Courtship of NATO Defies Rationality

France’s president has lived up to the stereotype that his people, fond as they are of home vacationing and generally convinced of their own superiority, not infrequently fail to know what they are talking about when dealing with foreign countries.

Posted on Mar 17, 2009 READ MORE



AP pool photo / Aleksey Nikolskyi

Barack Obama, Meet Team B

The president must be getting bad advice. Why else would he offer not to build a missile defense system he doesn’t want in exchange for Russia’s help with an Iranian nuclear weapons program that doesn’t exist?

Posted on Mar 12, 2009 READ MORE


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AP photo / Virginia Mayo

Biden Talks Afghanistan in NATO Huddle

Vice President Joe Biden held forth at a NATO meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, reinforcing President Barack Obama’s message from last weekend about a slight shift in foreign policy with regard to Afghanistan and urging NATO to be vigilant about the threat of attacks from extremist groups harbored by Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Posted on Mar 10, 2009 READ MORE



Marine Corps / Lance Cpl. Michael J. Ayotte

It’s Obama’s War Now

Combat troops are to be pulled out of Iraq by August 2010, President Obama said, but some 50,000 occupation troops will remain behind. Someone should let the Iraqis know the distinction.

Posted on Mar 2, 2009 READ MORE


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