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AP / Fradioon Pooya

Speaking Ill of ‘the Best and the Brightest’

One of “the best and the brightest” died last week, and in Richard Holbrooke we had a perfect example of the dark mischief to which David Halberstam referred when he authored that ironic label.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 READ MORE


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Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Afghanistan, Health Care, Financial Commission

This week’s episode of “Left, Right & Center” features a double dose of commentary from the right, making the conversation about Obama’s strategy in Afghanistan, the death of Richard Holbrooke, the future of health care reform, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission’s findings ... 

Posted on Dec 17, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / U.S. State Department

Holbrooke’s Last Words

Richard Holbrooke was apparently preoccupied with his role as the Obama administration’s special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan until the very end, discussing the ongoing conflicts in those two countries up until he went into surgery for the heart problem that led to his death Monday.

Posted on Dec 14, 2010 READ MORE



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Afghanistan Envoy Holbrooke Dies

Richard Holbrooke, a diplomatic fixture since the Vietnam era whose last assignment was special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, died Monday following heart surgery. ... (more)

Posted on Dec 13, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rodrigo Abd

The High Price of Patriotism

It’s over for the U.S. in Afghanistan, but that doesn’t mean the death and destruction are about to stop. Quagmires don’t just go away. However, the signs are everywhere that the American course in that nation is doomed.

Posted on Oct 27, 2010 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton Celebrates Kissinger While White House Repeats His Mistakes

Future historians will marvel at how U.S. leaders failed to learn from their horrific crimes in Indochina, and are instead repeating many of them today.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Woodward Says Obama Advisers Doubted Afghan Strategy

According to Bob Woodward’s latest White House investigation, President Obama’s advisers disagreed vehemently about how to proceed in Afghanistan and some, including special envoy to the region Richard Holbrooke, expressed doubts that the new strategy would work.

Posted on Sep 22, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

McChrystal Apologizes for Scandalous Magazine Profile (Updates)

America’s top general in Afghanistan, Stanley McChrystal, and his staff are quoted saying nasty things about Obama administration officials in a new Rolling Stone article, for which McChrystal apologized Tuesday. (continued)

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Angelita Lawrence

America’s Confused Approach to Afghanistan

U.N. officials and American military commanders suggest that diplomacy might be coming alive on the Afghan front, but neither the Pentagon nor the White House seems to have clearly identified what the United States wants in Afghanistan.

Posted on Feb 9, 2010 READ MORE


Lahore student protest
AP / K.M. Chaudary

Clinton Lowers the Boom About Al-Qaida in Pakistan

During an interview with journalists in Lahore, Pakistan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed her puzzlement over why certain al-Qaida leaders believed to be harbored within the country’s borders haven’t been caught. She did not address the issue of missile attacks from U.S. drones that had earlier fueled student protest.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE


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chinadaily.com

Report: Al-Qaida Hurting for Funds

Although the Taliban apparently enjoys good funding these days, thanks in part to drug money, the BBC reported Monday that al-Qaida is struggling by comparison, according to “terrorist financing official” (?) David Cohen.

Posted on Oct 12, 2009 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Karzai: Fraud Happens in a Young Democracy

The official results have yet to be announced for Afghanistan’s presidential election, and incumbent President Hamid Karzai is facing pressure to agree to a do-over, but for his part, Karzai is pushing back against critics who claim that thousands of votes were forged to keep him in his country’s top position.

Posted on Sep 7, 2009 READ MORE


Afghan women
AP / Kevin Frayer

Polls Close in Afghanistan

Threats of violence kept large numbers of voters away from the polls in various parts of Afghanistan, and by closing time it was hard to say whether some officials’ declarations about the day’s success were warranted. But, thankfully, earlier warnings from the Taliban didn’t seem to materialize in the form of any major tragedies on Thursday.

Posted on Aug 20, 2009 READ MORE


Holbrooke
AP photo / Mike Wintroath

The Wrong Man for the Job

The United States needs to contract the services of a U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan who is capable of visionary thinking, one who possesses the political courage to stand up to a president and a secretary of state and argue against bad policy. I do not believe Richard Holbrooke is such a man.

Posted on Jan 23, 2009 READ MORE


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