As Afghan Fissures Worsen, Exit Plan Is Proposed

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Tom Hayden: The US military openly opposes the pace of the drawdown, which already is too slow for most Democrats and the peace movement, because the resulting panic in Kabul could cause an implosion if efforts at a diplomatic settlement bog down.

Army Officer’s Leaked Report Rips Afghan War Success Story

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Gareth Porter: “If the public had access to the classified reports,” Davis writes, “they would see the dramatic gulf between what is often said in public by our senior leaders and what is true behind the scenes.”

What’s the War in Afghanistan About Again?

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William Blum: It appears that no one seems to remember, if they ever knew, that Afghanistan was not really about 9-11 or fighting terrorists (except the many the US has created by its invasion and occupation), but was about pipelines.

Democratic Caucuses Support Move to End Afghanistan War

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The chairs of the Veterans Caucus and Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party today praised the Obama Administration’s announcement that the U.S. would end combat operations in the war in Afghanistan in 2013.

Did the U.S. Play a Role in Jamaica’s 2010 Massacre?

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Sherwood Ross: Several scores of civilians are buried in Jamaica’s May Pen Cemetery in consequence of a deadly attack by Jamaican forces in which, for all its denials, the U.S. played a significant role and was perhaps more closely involved than it has let on.

Democratization: Indigenous Beats Imported

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Ivan Eland: Despite George W. Bush’s and Barack Obama’s efforts to topple foreign dictators and use military power to forcefully impose democracy from without, democracy usually works better if it bubbles up from below by popular desire.

U.S. Probe of Border Attack Hardened Pakistani Suspicions

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Gareth Porter: The long-expected rejoinder, made public Monday, charged that 28 of its soldiers at two border bases were killed one by one long after the U.S. military had been told about the attack on a Pakistani base.

The Case for Cutting and Running

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Tina Dupuy: The first thing worth noting is this treatment of war dead is absolutely against the Geneva Convention. The second thing is we threw out the Geneva Convention when we invaded Afghanistan.

The Surge to Withdrawal

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Vijay Prashad: The United States will exit Afghanistan in the next few years. None of its promises of health and well-being, democracy and women’s rights will be realized.

The Risible Rise of the American Anti-War Movement

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Jonathan David Farley: The American anti-war movement failed to promote the truly left-wing voices in America and it failed to develop new ones.

No War for Oil

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Ivan Eland: Could it be that the U.S. is not aggressively employing military power to ensure that it has oil supplies—as the Imperial Japanese did before and during World War II—but is instead using the threat of armed force to keep a thumb on the oil lifelines of other nations.

Iraq: Out Like a Lamb

President Barack Obama greets veterans before the Carrier Classic basketball game between the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and Michigan State Spartans on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson, docked at North Island Naval Station in San Diego, Calif., Nov. 11, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Dick Price: I can now honor the service of the military men and women who have fought so long in Iraq—the great majority of whom who have acted honorably under fire—just as I hold fast to the notion that the Iraq invasion was undertaken for disreputable ends.

A “Peace Dividend?” Not Likely

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Joseph Palermo: Despite the redeployment of U.S. troops out of Iraq, during this dismal period of “austerity” the public isn’t likely to see any discernible difference in the government’s misplaced priorities.

I’m a Liberal, but I Won’t Condemn the Wars

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Julie Driscoll: I promised my son that I would never protest or condemn or belittle this war, that I would never dishonor his service by reducing it to foolishness.

America Should Quit Preaching and Lead by Example

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Ivan Eland: Let’s get rid of preaching to, meddling in, and even attacking and invading other countries to spread our values and go back to the founders’ vision of leading by example.

How Maliki and Iran Outsmarted the U.S. on Troop Withdrawal

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Gareth Porter: The ambitious plans of the U.S. military to use Iraq to dominate the Middle East militarily and politically had been foiled by the very regime the United States had installed

Permanent State of Remote War

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Mary Dudziak: The absence of the people in war means that the people do not tire of the costs of war. The people’s remoteness and isolation from war undermines their traditional role as a restraint.

17 Days to Genocide in Camp Ashraf

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Denis Campbell: Ironic that Egypt’s pro-democracy demonstrators fought and freed a nation from a brutal dictator in 18 Days, yet in just 1 less day’s length 3,400 people in Camp Ashraf may be condemned to die in the middle of the Iraqi desert because of apathy and inaction.

Geneva Diary: In Search of the Voice of the South

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Vijay Prashad: What you have now is sullenness with most of the world defensive and annoyed with the arrogance of the United States and the other members of the Group of Seven (mainly Britain and France).

Rejecting Apology, U.S. May Hasten End of Pakistan as Client

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Gareth Porter: President Barack Obama has sided with U.S. military and Defence Department officials in rejecting a proposal by the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan for a U.S. apology for last weekend’s attack,

Pak Border Post Attack a Big Loss for U.S. War Policy

Pakistanis burn an American flag in protest of NATO border strike. AFP PHOTO/ S.S. MIRZA

Gareth Porter: The decision to attack by helicopter gunships, which killed 24 Pakistani troops and stoked a new level of anti-U.S. sentiment feeling in the country, has caught the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan in a rare defense posture, because senior officials don’t know what happened and why.

No One Liked Vietnam Protesters, Either

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Simon Hall: Public opinion, at least as measured by opinion polls, was incredibly hostile toward the antiwar movement even as support for the war in Vietnam waned.

China, U.S. Square Off in the Eastern Sea

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What many viewed as a routine Presidential visit to Australia to finalize an agreement for a new deployment destination of American troops as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq wind down was anything but. Australian Networks Catherine McGrath reported that “post Iraq…America would have a permanent presence in Australia…in the interest of democracy and trade protection…” Prime Minister Julia Gillard stated [...]

Bahrain’s Courageous Doctors

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Adil E. Shamoo: The United States continues to ignore the thwarted Arab Spring in Bahrain. Recently, a quasi-military court in the small Gulf state sentenced 20 doctors and nurses to up to 15 years in jail. The charge against them? Treating injured demonstrators opposing the regime.

Libya Victory Portends Endless Intervention

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Ivan Eland: NATO’s “victory” in Libya has sown many seeds of possible future calamity. But none is fraught with as much danger as providing a new “war on the cheap” model for Western nations that have fallen on hard economic times.

Debunking the Iran “Terror Plot”

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Gareth Porter: A close analysis of the FBI deposition reveals, however, that independent evidence for the charge that Arbabsiar was sent by the Qods Force on a mission to arrange for the assassination of Jubeir is lacking.

Night Raids Killed over 1,500 Afghan Civilians

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Gareth Porter: U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) killed well over 1,500 civilians in night raids in less than 10 months in 2010 and early 2011, analysis of official statistics on the raids released by the U.S.-NATO command reveals.

A Higher Truth in Libya

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William Blum: In fact, it appears rather likely that a majority of Libyans supported Gaddafi. How else could the government have held off the most powerful military forces in the world for more than seven months?

Why Kyoto Is So Beautiful

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Steve Hochstadt: Kyoto is a Japanese treasure, and a monument to the development of human culture. In shrines and gardens hundreds of years old, an American tourist can experience the common human striving for understanding, for beauty, and for peace.

U.N. Tally Excluded Most Afghan Civilian Deaths in Night Raids

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Gareth Porter: A July United Nations report asserting that only 30 civilians died in targeted raids in Afghanistan during the first six months of 2011 reflected only a very small fraction of night raids in which civilians were killed.

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