Category Archives: Afghanistan

Out of Afghanistan

Your attention please: the mission operations order for the Obama presidency is a successful withdrawal from Afghanistan. This has not been easy for militaries to accomplish in the past, and it remains to be seen if NATO can withdraw in … Continue reading

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Leaving Afghanistan

The mission in Afghanistan is to leave. President Obama has signaled since late last year that his Afghanistan strategy was shifting into reverse; with the full cost of America’s boondoggle in Central Asia finally coming clear, withdrawal is the only … Continue reading

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“Everyone has to do the right thing”

This weekend, Melissa Harris-Perry hosted a fantastic segment with Jon Soltz of VoteVets and MSNBC’s Jack Jacobs that is essential to understanding Afghanistan.

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Morning Awful: Romney Incoherent on Afghanistan

Americans have been there for a decade, but Mitt Romney won’t take a stand on whether American troops should withdraw from Afghanistan until he’s heard from the generals on the ground. That doesn’t mean he isn’t full of criticism, though: … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: Lone Gunman

A yet-unnamed Army Staff Sergeant went on a rampage, killing sixteen Afghans and single-handedly undoing any goodwill left after a decade of occupation. From the NYT: Residents of three villages in the Panjwai district of Kandahar Province described a terrifying … Continue reading

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And the Dissonance Drones On, Endlessly

At Salon, Gary Kamiya opined Sunday that liberals have been “hypnotized into an endless dirty war:” (T)he majority of Americans, including those who were opposed to the war in Iraq, have no problems with their government killing at will, so … Continue reading

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Most Precise Bombing Campaign Ever

Marc Garlasco helped plan the shock and awe campaign in Iraq. As soon as the war ended, he went straight to the scene of devastation to work for Human Rights Watch, standing in places he’d destroyed to meet people impacted … Continue reading

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Indefinite Detention

A dialectic has taken hold on the progressive conversation, and I do not like it. The digital left keeps using the words “indefinite detention” because they sound awful, which they are. Indefinite detention is not nice or kind or humane, … Continue reading

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Winter Truce Talks with the Taliban

Without announcement, the CIA stopped carrying out drone strikes in Pakistan seven weeks ago. European allies are already endorsing peace talks with the Taliban. The president is signaling a prisoner transfer from Guantanamo to Afghanistan. The Muslim Brotherhood’s chief jurist, … Continue reading

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Obama Beats All Republicans On National Security

The mission in Iraq is to get everyone and everything out by New Year’s Day. The mission in Libya has been to stay out, while the mission in Afghanistan is now to finish and get home: The 320-foot-high Kajaki Dam, … Continue reading

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Iraq: It’s Finally Over

There will be no American troops in Iraq on January 1, 2012: Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has told U.S. military officials that he does not have the votes in parliament to provide immunity to the American trainers, the U.S. military official … Continue reading

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