So about that leaving Afghanistan by 2015 plan? Not so much. The US has now secured a new status of forces agreement that will keep the war going in Afghanistan indefinitely. Of course, given the US is back in Iraq after losing a status of forces agreement maybe these agreements are mostly symbolic anyway. If so, the symbolism could not clearer – the US has taken up permanent residence in Afghanistan.
|By: DSWright Tuesday September 2, 2014 2:25 pm|
Even though Politifact confirmed as true Hillary Clinton’s assertion that the “US military footprint in Africa is nonexistent.” it seems no one told the US military which launched an operation in Somalia against Al-Shabaab on Monday. Al-Shabaab is a jihadist group based in Somalia that made an alliance with Al-Qaeda in 2012.
|By: DSWright Tuesday May 27, 2014 11:05 am|
The Obama Administration announced today that it was planning to keep 9800 military personnel in Afghanistan past the announced deadline of 2014.
|By: Lloyd C Gardner Friday January 3, 2014 3:46 pm|
Amidst all the talk about Amazon’s plan to use drones to deliver books and packages, and all the furor over NSA spying on your emails, and peeking at online video games to discover hidden communications between players, there now appears on network television, a VISA ad designed to catch the attention of football fans that features a chase scene. This time around it is not your ordinary car chase, however, but a drone zeroing in on an individual in street clothes dashing across a semi-arid landscape.
|By: CTuttle Saturday November 2, 2013 5:00 pm|
Hearts and Mind’ campaign in the MENA.
|By: GREYDOG Wednesday August 14, 2013 7:12 pm|
Representative democracies and autocratic dictatorships respond to profound internal crises in very distinctive ways: the former attempts to reason with citizens, explaining the causes, consequences and alternatives; dictatorships attempt to terrorize, intimidate and distract the public by evoking bogus external threats, to perpetuate and justify rule by police state methods and avoid facing up to the self-inflicted crises.
|By: DSWright Thursday May 23, 2013 2:59 pm|
American Citizen Anwar Al-Awlaki was killed by a drone strike in Yemen solely on the authority of President Barack Obama. Al-Awlaki never received a trial, was never indicted, nor given any opportunity to address the allegations against him. But today during President Obama’s extensive terrorism speech Mr. Al-Awlaki finally received his trial, a show trial.
|By: emptywheel Tuesday May 10, 2011 12:30 pm|
Used to be, when you vanquished your enemy, you declared victory and went home.
|By: Gregg Levine Friday May 6, 2011 9:45 am|
If you have not read 1984 and don’t want to hear about the ending. . . or if you don’t want to feel anything but elated over the killing of Osama bin Laden. . . then maybe you want to skip this one.
|By: emptywheel Friday May 6, 2011 7:25 am|
National Journal has a fascinating article comparing the cost-benefit of the war against al Qaeda with that of other wars. It puts the cost of the war at $3 trillion–less than just the defense costs of World War II. But it didn’t bring the same kind of return.