Karzai’s Double Game: Denounce US Presence, Offer Permanent Bases

By: Monday March 19, 2012 6:17 am

Senior officials tried to assure reporters yesterday that the massacre of 16 civilians in Afghanistan will have no bearing on a post-2014 security arrangement for the US. And to be clear, it shouldn’t. We should get out regardless of that tragedy. It appears that the US is negotiating with two heads of state. There’s the [...]

Public Turned Against Afghan War Well Before Shooting Rampage

By: Monday March 12, 2012 6:18 am

By now you’ve heard about the US soldier arrested for a shooting rampage in Kandahar, Afghanistan, which killed 16 people, including several women and children and a man shot in the face as he looked out the window. There’s a substantial amount of confusion over whether the soldier acted alone or whether he was part [...]

US Inks Prison Transfer Agreement With Afghanistan

By: Friday March 9, 2012 9:35 am

The United States and Afghanistan have signed a deal to transfer all prisoners in the military-run prisons at Bagram Air Force Base to the control of the Afghans, a move that paves the way for a long-term security arrangement. The Strategic Partnership Agreement, which Washington and Kabul have been discussing for over a year, will [...]

Lindsey Graham: No Night Raids, No Troops in Afghanistan

By: Wednesday March 7, 2012 8:55 am

Lindsey Graham was one of the more vocal critics of the withdrawal of troops from Iraq. He said that the Obama Administration “failed” by not being able to secure an agreement with the Iraqi government to allow troops to stay beyond the end of 2011. He added that “I fear this decision has set in [...]

Afghanistan Status of Forces Talks Bogging Down on Night Raids

By: Tuesday February 21, 2012 9:35 am

The Administration has been negotiating for almost a year with the Afghan government over a post-2014 presence, after combat operations are handed over to the Afghans (this could come as early as the end of 2013). This is the second major negotiation with a foreign government over a continuing military presence that the Obama Administration [...]

Chinook Shot Down in Afghanistan Was in Region Supportive of Taliban

By: Tuesday August 9, 2011 12:54 pm

The President went to Dover Air Force Base to visit with families of the returning US forces killed in a helicopter shoot-down in Afghanistan. 30 Americans died in the crash, including 22 Navy SEALs from the same team as the one that participated in the raid on Osama bin Laden. There was no media coverage [...]

Public Support of Afghan War Drops Sharply

By: Thursday November 18, 2010 10:46 am

At the same time that the US and NATO are explicitly setting the end date in Afghanistan later and later into the decade, a new poll from Quinnipiac shows that public support for the war has completely collapsed. A majority of Americans now opposed continued involvement in Afghanistan. The ideological lines on this issue are [...]

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