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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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Nov 20, 2009 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

National Review Online: For late-19th-century anarchists, terrorism was the “propaganda of the deed.” And the most successful propaganda-by-deed in history was 9/11 — not just the most destructive, but the most spectacular and telegenic. And now its self-proclaimed architect, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, has been given by the Obama administration a civilian trial in New York. Just ...

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Nov 19, 2009 6 Comments ›› Erik Wong

CNS News: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) declined to say Thursday whether Osama bin Laden, when captured by the United States, should be told he has the right to remain silent and be given a lawyer. Pelosi indicated that is not a question Americans should worry about now. CNSNews.com asked Pelosi at her regular press briefing on ...

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Nov 19, 2009 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

The LA Times: Writing From Kabul, Afghanistan - Afghan President Hamid Karzai's inauguration today will be a somber affair. Gray storm clouds are slowly replacing the blue skies, and the sour tang of charcoal smoke hangs in the air. The mood among the internationals here is similarly gloomy. So many conversations end with the scratching ...

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Nov 19, 2009 23 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Washington Post: SEOUL -- President Barack Obama will not announce his decision on sending more troops to Afghanistan before the Thanksgiving holiday, senior aides said on Thursday. The news came as the president greeted 1,500 troops at Osan Air Base in South Korea, just before boarding Air Force One and heading back to Washington after an eight-day ...

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Nov 19, 2009 Comments Off Pat Dollard

Times Online: President Hamid Karzai today signalled the beginning of the end of foreign military intervention in his country, when he pledged that Afghan security forces would take the lead in combating the Taleban over the next three to five years. In a much-anticipated inauguration speech, the Afghan leader told dozens of visiting foreign dignitaries what they ...

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Nov 18, 2009 1 Comment ›› Erik Wong

NPR: The professed mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, is expected to arrive in New York for trial by the end of the year. But it won't be his first trip to America. He has been here before, as a college student in the early 1980s. Mohammed's first real taste of America came ...

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Nov 18, 2009 Comments Off Pat Dollard

KABUL (AP) - Security forces increased patrols on some streets in the Afghan capital and blocked others entirely Wednesday, bracing for possible militant attacks during the inauguration ceremony that will cement President Hamid Karzai's tumultuous re-election victory. Karzai will be sworn in Thursday for his second five-year term, with many in the international community hoping he ...

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Nov 18, 2009 7 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said in an interview with CNN on Wednesday he is "very close" to a decision on boosting troop levels in Afghanistan and would make an announcement "in the next several weeks." In a transcript of the interview seen by Reuters, Obama said he did not want his successor as ...

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Nov 16, 2009 20 Comments ›› Erik Wong

British paper, don't mind the typos. Times Online: British forces should buy off potential Taleban recruits with “bags of gold”, according to a new army field manual published yesterday.

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Nov 14, 2009 18 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Slate Magazine: When it comes to any issue that involves Islam, President Obama starts with an advantage and a disadvantage. The advantage is that he's seen as sympathetic to Muslims. The disadvantage is also that he's seen as sympathetic to Muslims. With a Muslim name, African Muslim ancestry on his father's side, and the experience of growing ...

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