Happy Valentine’s Day: U.S. (Hearts) Karzai

By: Friday February 14, 2014 12:05 pm

In an article headlined The U.S. Has Finally Outfoxed Hamid Karzai, the occasionally-respected Fiscal Times explains how for months Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a long-term security agreement with the United States, causing mounting frustration within the White House and the Pentagon. Now, according to the Times, “it appears as if President Obama and his advisers have finally outfoxed Karzai, marking the end of a long and tumultuous relationship.”


In Surprise Visit to Afghanistan, Obama Says Pacification to Take Two Years or More

By: Wednesday May 2, 2012 7:22 am

President Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan yesterday, ostensibly to sign a new agreement with the leader the US helped install in a country US armed forces have occupied for over ten years. The White House sought to frame the event as a “transition” point, with the US withdrawing and turning over security responsibilities to the Afghan armed forces, a mere six years or so after candidate Obama said he would turn America’s proper focus on Afghanistan, not Iraq. Now we know what that means.

US, Afghanistan Reach Initial Agreement on Continued US Occupation

By: Monday April 23, 2012 7:15 am

The Administration and Afghanistan revealed Sunday that the United States and Afghanistan had reached a preliminary agreement for the continued presence of US forces in Afghanistan for another 10 years after the supposed withdrawal of “combat forces” in 2014 . The agreement was widely expected after the Administration and Karzai regime appeared to resolve earlier disagreements about who controls armed night-time raids on Afghan homes and who controls the imprisonment of detainees.

Well, okey dokey then

By: Monday March 19, 2012 1:30 am

Sounds like a plan — we could use one of those.

Forget the Generals, Americans Are Committed to Ending War

By: Friday August 20, 2010 4:40 pm

The propaganda tour has failed – 6 in 10 Americans want an end to the war in Afghanistan. Will Obama stick to his timeline, or will congress be forced to take drastic measures?

NATO Forces in Afghanistan Killed Civilians in Sangin, Evidence Now Shows

By: Friday August 6, 2010 11:35 am

Exclusive, on-the-ground interviews obtained by Brave New Foundation’s Rethink Afghanistan project confirm what U.S. and allied forces repeatedly denied: U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan killed dozens of people in the Sangin District of Helmand Province on July 23.

Petraeus Touts “One Team With One Mission” but Fails to State Mission in Afghanistan

By: Sunday July 4, 2010 8:00 am

Appearing Saturday at the US embassy in Kabul, General David Petraeus spouted platitudes about “teams” and “missions” without ever stating just what mission it is that our team is attempting to carry out.

Afghanistan: Circular Justifications

By: Sunday December 6, 2009 6:30 am

Well. Never let it be said that Karzai’s interests don’t align with Obama’s.

Working Through the Extra Hour Tonight

By: Saturday October 31, 2009 9:00 am

With the time change, people get an extra hour tonight. Some will have fun, but others will work, like those at State, DOD, and the WH who are watching Afghanistan.

But Marcy Wheeler’s got new Plame materials to dig through, which ought to make for a scary Halloween for Dick Cheney and his minions.

Karzai’s Brother Reported on US Payroll: So, Uh, How Much CIA Money Inadvertently Funds the Taliban?

By: Tuesday October 27, 2009 9:15 pm

Time for some serious Congressional hearings. The New York Times reports that Hamid Karzai’s brother, who has long been suspected of running a drug ring in southern Afghanistan — I mean, I asked Said Jawad, the Afghan ambassador to the U.S., about Ahmed Wali Karzai’s ties to opium trade in 2007 for TPM — is [...]

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