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Dec 2, 2009 5 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Fox News: The Pentagon will "evaluate" next year whether the military can meet its goal of starting to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by July 2011, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday under tough questioning, signaling that the withdrawal date could move back if violence spirals out of control. President Obama said in announcing the timeline Tuesday ...

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Dec 2, 2009 5 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Dec 2, 2009 8 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Speigel Online: Never before has a speech by President Barack Obama felt as false as his Tuesday address announcing America's new strategy for Afghanistan. It seemed like a campaign speech combined with Bush rhetoric -- and left both dreamers and realists feeling distraught. One can hardly blame the West Point leadership. The academy commanders did their best ...

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Dec 2, 2009 1 Comment ›› Erik Wong

Gallup: PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans are far less approving of President Obama's handling of the situation in Afghanistan than they have been in recent months, with 35% currently approving, down from 49% in September and 56% in July. Tuesday, Obama outlines his new strategy for the war in Afghanistan in a nationally televised address. The policy has ...

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Dec 2, 2009 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

The Hill: High-ranking administration officials Wednesday warned Congress there would be severe consequences if the Taliban and al Qaeda aren’t defeated in South Asia. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen fired the opening salvos in what is expected to be an ...

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Dec 2, 2009 7 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Politico: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has publicly criticized President Barack Obama for announcing a target date to begin pulling back from Afghanistan, challenged the president's policy to his face in a private meeting at the White House Tuesday afternoon. During Obama's meeting with members of Congress prior to the president's Tuesday speech at West Point, McCain ...

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Dec 2, 2009 10 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Washington Times: KANDAHAR, Afghanistan | When nearly 60 tribal leaders gathered in a Taliban stronghold here recently to discuss mounting security challenges, U.S. military commanders and staff listened attentively, but there were no representatives from Afghan security forces. "What government do we have?" asked Mohammed Nabi, a malik, or tribal leader, from the Kandahar region who acknowledged ...

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Dec 2, 2009 7 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Dec 1, 2009 37 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Good evening. To the United States Corps of Cadets, to the men and women of our armed services, and to my fellow Americans, I want to speak to you tonight about our effort in Afghanistan, the nature of our commitment there, the scope of our interests, and the strategy that my administration will pursue to ...

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Dec 1, 2009 8 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Fox News: President Obama's decision to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan after a 92-day review appears to be a compromise between his hawkish advisers who were pressing him to heed the advice of his military commanders and his political advisers, most notably Vice President Biden, who argued for an alternative strategy that would have scaled ...

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Dec 1, 2009 20 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Politico: Democratic Rep. John Murtha — just back from a fact-finding trip to Afghanistan — said Monday that he never got a clear definition of what constitutes an “achievable victory” for the United States and fears that American commanders are assuming more time for the war effort than voters at home will allow. “I am still very ...

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Nov 30, 2009 19 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Fox News: The anti-war left is turning on the president it helped put into office, launching a counteroffensive against President Obama's decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan. Activist groups are joining liberal members of Congress in condemning the president's expected announcement on Tuesday that he will order roughly 30,000 more troops to the war zone ...

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Nov 30, 2009 15 Comments ›› Erik Wong

The Washington Times: After years of putting the cost of war on the nation's credit card, liberal members of Congress say the time has come to impose a new war tax and drive home to average Americans how expensive it is to keep fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. The call for a tax on high-income earners, coming ...

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Nov 30, 2009 11 Comments ›› Erik Wong

The Wall Street Journal: 'He talks too much," a Saudi academic in Jeddah, who had once been smitten with Barack Obama, recently observed to me of America's 44th president. He has wearied of Mr. Obama and now does not bother with the Obama oratory. He is hardly alone, this academic. In the endless chatter of this region, ...

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Nov 30, 2009 8 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Politico: President Barack Obama issued new orders for the war in Afghanistan from the Oval Office Sunday night, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters Monday. Obama finalized the orders during a meeting with advisers including Adm. Mike Mullen, Gens. James Cartwright and David Petraeus, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Immediately ...

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Nov 30, 2009 Comments Off Pat Dollard

Los Angeles Times: Reporting from Washington - Hours after issuing orders to launch his new strategy in Afghanistan, President Obama this morning began calling world leaders to tell them of his decision and ask for their assistance. But Obama does not plan to disclose the number of new troops he will deploy to the war zone ...

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Nov 30, 2009 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

New York Times: WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to lay out a time frame for winding down the American involvement in the war in Afghanistan when he announces his decision this week to send more forces, senior administration officials said Sunday. Although the speech was still in draft form, the officials said the president wanted to use ...

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Nov 30, 2009 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

Washington Post: President Obama has offered Pakistan an expanded strategic partnership, including additional military and economic cooperation, while warning with unusual bluntness that its use of insurgent groups to pursue policy goals "cannot continue." The offer, including an effort to help reduce tensions between Pakistan and India, was contained in a two-page letter delivered to President Asif ...

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Nov 30, 2009 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Wall Street Journal: WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has soured on a call from its top commander to double the size of the Afghan police and army, reflecting the White House's continued skepticism about the Afghan government even as the U.S. prepares a surge of troops into the country, people familiar with the matter say. At an ...

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Nov 23, 2009 13 Comments ›› Erik Wong

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House said President Barack Obama could use an unusual evening war council session Monday to lock in his long-awaited decision on whether to commit tens of thousands of new U.S. forces to the stalemated war in Afghanistan. Military officials and others said they expect Obama to settle on a middle-ground option ...

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Nov 23, 2009 10 Comments ›› Erik Wong

News Busters: At the end of CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday, host Bob Schieffer fretted over massive government spending but avoided blaming current Democratic proposals: “I’m not even talking about the cost of health care....It is now costing $1 million a year to keep one U.S. soldier on the ground in Afghanistan, not to mention ...

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Nov 23, 2009 14 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Nov 23, 2009 13 Comments ›› Erik Wong

The Weekly Standard: Former Vice President Dick Cheney unloaded on President Barack Obama and his administration in a radio interview Monday morning, saying that Obama's recent bow before the Japanese Emperor was "fundamentally harmful" to the United States and indicates that Obama "doesn’t fully understand or have the same perception of the US role in the ...

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Nov 20, 2009 17 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Real Clear Politics: Attorney General Eric Holder adopted a tough guy pose when he announced that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others will be tried in federal court for the most heinous terror attack on Americans in history. "After eight years of delay," he intoned, "those allegedly responsible for the attacks of September 11 will finally ...

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Nov 20, 2009 4 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Bloomberg: Nov. 20 -- Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said higher-income Americans should be taxed to pay for additional troops sent to Afghanistan and that NATO should provide half of the new soldiers. An “additional income tax to the upper brackets, folks earning more than $200,000 or $250,000,” could fund more troops, Levin, ...

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