The Challenge of the Islamic State and U.S. Policy

Ending US Colonialism

*+-Karl Meyer and Kathy Kelly: It is now past time for the United States and other world powers to recognize that the age of neo-colonial military, political and economic domination, especially in the Islamic Middle East, is decisively coming to a close.

Expanding the Long War

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*+-Tom Hayden: Let’s set the record straight. The peace movement generally warned that this Long War could not be won, could not be afforded, and could only end in permanent quagmire, especially if it left Assad in power in Damascus while abandoning the Sunnis of Iraq to their fate under the Shiite regime we installed.

Obama Extends War in Afghanistan

Obama Extends Afghanistan War

*+-Kathy Kelly: Attempts to remake Afghanistan by military force have resulted in warlordism, ever more widespread and desperate poverty, and bereavement for hundreds of thousands whose loved ones are among the tens of thousands of casualties.

International Day of Nonviolence in Afghanistan

Nonviolence in Afghanistan

*+-Dr. Teck Young Wee: I’ve often met precocious Afghan children who express cynicism and feel angry that they must wise up so quickly in a country where the Taliban’s or the U.S./NATO’s bombs might kill them.

This Does Not End Well: Escaping Afghanistan

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*+-John Peeler: An agonizing series of missteps by U.S. troops in Afghanistan show us how precarious is our hold there, reinforcing the idea that we just don’t belong there, that we don’t respect the Afghani people.

Time to Leave Afghanistan Now

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*+-Joseph Palermo: At about $10 billion a month, and an increasing number of American casualties in an environment more volatile than ever, the American people need to take long, close look at whether staying in Afghanistan until December 2014 is worth it.

How Presidential War Power Is Made

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*+-Mary Dudziak: “Liberals” and “conservatives” are often talking past each other on questions of national security, and there is a need to reshift the conversation, and get beyond partisan and left/right divides.

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.

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.