Liveblog of #OccupyWallStreet: Day Five, 99 Percenters Rise Up

By: Wednesday September 21, 2011 7:15 am

Support for Occupy Wall Street is growing by the hour. Solidarity actions in Chicago, Phoenix and Paris, France, are all getting off the ground. In Los Angeles, Cleveland, and Atlanta, actions are in the works. Each of these may become occupations. There”s also an indication the International Workers of the World will have members at the site supporting the occupation, and it appears Sojourner’s, a Christian Left organization, is taking an interest in the action.

 

Sadr Opposes Extension of Rival Militia’s Presence in Iraq

By: Sunday August 7, 2011 7:08 pm

Despite the obvious touchiness of extending the presence (however limited) of an occupying army whose invasion eight years ago devastated the country, it’s not surprising that Maliki is siding with the most pro-American elements in Iraq’s politics (Allawi and the Kurdish parties) to keep us around… and it’s for the same reason that his on-again, off-again ally Sadr is objecting.

Kandahar Riddle: How Many Soldiers Does it Take to Screw in a Light Bulb?

By: Monday April 26, 2010 4:05 pm

Answer: Zero. The military shouldn’t even be involved in Afghanistan. If we want to achieve our objectives in Afghanistan, we need sustainable, civilian-only solutions.

McChrystal’s Admission On Civilian Casualties Merely An Observance of the Realities of War

By: Saturday April 3, 2010 5:00 pm

In a town hall meeting with troops in Afghanistan, McChrystal said, “We’ve shot an amazing number of people and killed a number and, to my knowledge, none has proven to have been a real threat to the force.” But as Michael Cohen notes, this is mainly a reminder that a country engaging in occupation cannot possibly sanitize it to the level of perfectly avoiding civilian deaths. In fact, in the case of a counter-insurgency, with the proximity of troops closer to the people, it’s arguably a more hazardous environment for civilians.

In Advance of London Conference, McChrystal Calls for Renewed Commitment to Strategy He Admits Has Failed

By: Wednesday January 27, 2010 4:53 pm

More than sixty nations will gather in London tomorrow for an important series of talks on the future of Afghanistan. General Stanley McChrystal, who heads US forces in Afghanistan, sat for an extended interview with the Financial Times in advance of the conference. His comments, when taken in total, amount to an admission that US strategy in Afghanistan has failed and yet he insists that we must re-commit to this same failed strategy.

Eikenberry on Karzai Government: “They Assume We Covet Their Territory for a Never-Ending ‘War on Terror’”

By: Tuesday January 26, 2010 3:00 pm

The New York Times has obtained full copies of two cables Ambassador Karl Eikenberry sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the most recent review of Afghanistan strategy. Although it was known at the time that Eikenberry opposed McChyrstal’s strategy based primarily on counterinsurgency, having access to the full text of the cables provides more detail on Eikenberry’s reasoning.

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