Why Airstrikes in Iraq Are a Mistake

By: Friday August 8, 2014 9:14 am

As America goes back to war in Iraq with airstrikes, here’s what to know and do instead…


Ten Reasons Airstrikes in Iraq are a Terrible Idea

By: Monday June 23, 2014 9:37 am

Here are some of the many reasons airstrikes (or any other form of U.S. military action) in Iraq are just a terrible idea.

Karzai Says He Was Told by CIA Despite Exposure Cash Bribes Will Continue

By: Monday May 6, 2013 11:35 am

The CIA faced some embarrassment when it was revealed that the intelligence agency had been giving Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai bags of cash for favorable treatment. This revelation was embarrassing for a number of reasons. First, it confirmed reports that Hamid Karzai was running a corrupt government with facilitation by agents of the U.S. government. Second, it is pretty tragic for America to have to bribe the man it installed as president, whose life it protects on a daily basis. You might think this exposure of corrupt practices would lead to a cooling off of the previously secret nefarious activity – not so.

Late Night: Ending a Three-Year Charade in Afghanistan

By: Friday January 11, 2013 8:00 pm

More than three years ago, I wrote here that Obama’s only real decision in Afghanistan was how to manage the United States’ inevitable defeat. Sure, he wound up announcing a “surge” of 30,000 troops, but it was clear to me that this was meant to serve the same purpose as George Bush’s similar 2007 gambit in Iraq: that is, postponing and camouflaging our surrender, rather than avoiding it.

A Surge Of Santorum

By: Tuesday November 8, 2011 2:50 pm

In the GOP’s never ending search for not Mitt, Iowa conservatives are trying to unite behind a single conservative to win the Iowa caucuses. That leaves a clear field for Rick Perry . . . uh, for Hermain Cain . . . uh, for Michele, uh, no . . . Santorum! He’s below 4 percent. Surge!

With His Training Myth Pierced Yet Again, Will Petraeus’ Political Ambitions Ever Suffer?

By: Thursday August 12, 2010 9:44 am

BBC is reporting Thursday that Iraq’s highest ranking army officer has said that his country is not ready to take responsibility for its own security.

It should be kept in mind that the myth of training Iraqi forces to take over their own security is a product of General David Petraeus’ long history of spinning the media.

GAO Report: Afghanistan Surge is Failing to Achieve Objectives

By: Thursday May 6, 2010 5:11 pm

On Wednesday, the non-partisan Government Accounting Office released a report (pdf) on Afghanistan. The report reminds us that President Obama chose to increase troop levels in Afghanistan in response to increasing levels of violence there. Despite the increased troop levels, there has been a continued increase in violence, which is further hampering the efforts to provide conditions under which a stable Afghan government can operate.

Preparing for Surge, US Plays Shell Game with Prisons in Afghanistan

By: Saturday February 6, 2010 4:00 pm

The US is attempting to dodge responsibility for illegal detentions in Afghanistan by transferring control of the publicly acknowledged facility to Afghanistan while continuing to maintain a network of secret prisons most likely under JSOC control.

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.

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