A recent poll says a majority of the American people want us to leave Afghanistan right away. In addition the poll found that after weighing the war’s costs and benefits, only 35 percent of the country think the war was worth fighting, while 60 percent think it was not worth it.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday January 5, 2011 9:30 am|
The Defense Department’s annual budget is a phantom figure, falling far short of what we truly spend on defense. It doesn’t include either supplemental appropriations, or money allocated to defense by other departments.
But in trying to come up with a true figure, what should be included?
|By: Robert Greenwald Wednesday December 15, 2010 6:40 pm|
On Thursday, December 16, 2010, the White House will use its December review to try to spin the disastrous Afghanistan War plan by citing “progress” in the military campaign, but the available facts paint a picture of a war that’s not making us safer and that’s not worth the cost.
|By: Derrick Crowe Friday October 8, 2010 5:20 pm|
It’s startling to be reminded how long ago 9/11 was because our public figures keep talking about the Afghanistan War like it started last year. General Petraeus let us know back in February in a Meet the Press interview that we were just then getting “the inputs about right,” and were now “starting to see some of the outputs.” Nine years into this war, and Petraeus lets us know they’re just getting warmed up. Good God.
|By: Derrick Crowe Friday September 3, 2010 3:20 pm|
The Pentagon’s public relations machine is working overtime these days trying to sell a theme of “progress” in Afghanistan to push back against calls to end the war. The message machine behind this push is gargantuan, costing $547 million and employing more than 27,000 people. But, as our latest Rethink Afghanistan video shows, all that wasted P.R. money can’t paper over the fact that the Afghanistan War isn’t making us safer, and it’s not worth the cost.
|By: Derrick Crowe Tuesday May 18, 2010 3:20 pm|
According to The New York Times, 1,000 U.S. troops have now died in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
|By: Jeff Kaye Saturday July 11, 2009 10:04 am|
James Risen at the New York Times reports on a concerted campaign by U.S. officials during the Bush Administration to impede the investigation into the mass killings by suffocation and shooting by U.S.-backed warlord forces at Dasht-e-Leili in Afghanistan in November 2001 (emphasis added). American officials had been reluctant to pursue an investigation — sought by officials from the F.B.I., the State Department, the Red Cross and human rights groups …