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Oct 11, 2009 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Washington (AP) -- US Republican Senator John McCain warned Sunday that a failure to dispatch more US troops to Afghanistan would be "an error of historic proportions" but Democrats expressed caution about any surge. "I think the great danger now is not an American pullout," McCain told CNN television. "I think the great danger now is a ...

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Oct 11, 2009 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

Washington - - Top Republican senators escalated their call Sunday for President Obama to grant Gen. Stanley McChrystal's request for more troops in Afghanistan, and one prominent Democrat warned that a failure to do so could jeopardize U.S. forces. The Obama administration is allegedly in deliberations over whether to build on its counterinsurgency strategy with ...

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Oct 11, 2009 14 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

New York Times: WASHINGTON — In late 2001, Mullah Muhammad Omar’s prospects seemed utterly bleak. The ill-educated, one-eyed leader of the Taliban had fled on a motorbike after his fighters were swiftly routed by the Americans invading Afghanistan. Much of the world celebrated his ouster, and Afghans cheered the return of girls’ education, music and ordinary ...

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Oct 10, 2009 5 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Someone needs to tell these folks about this... ABC News: "The Taliban" and "global warming" may not seem to belong in the same sentence. But a number of U.S. intelligence and military studies recently made public describe how man-made climate change plays into the hands of terrorist groups in many countries -- and specifically, aggravates the war in ...

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Oct 10, 2009 Comments Off Pat Dollard

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) — Heavily armed militants were holding up to 15 soldiers hostage inside Pakistan's army headquarters early Sunday after they stormed the complex in an audacious assault on the heart of the most powerful institution in the nuclear-armed country. Ten people were killed in the attack, including two ranking officers. The standoff was ...

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Oct 10, 2009 10 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hours after winning a Nobel Peace Prize, President Barack Obama assembled his war council in the White House basement to talk about how many troops might be needed to right the 8-year-old Afghanistan conflict that military commanders are pressing him to escalate. The president and his top national security advisers huddled for three ...

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Oct 8, 2009 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Oct 8, 2009 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Politico: The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee cast serious doubts on whether Democrats can back a major military expansion in Afghanistan, calling the country’s government “almost useless” and drawing a comparison with Vietnam. After emerging from a Thursday congressional briefing with National Security Adviser Gen. Jim Jones, Rep. David Obey (D-Wisc.) said he has concerns about ...

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Oct 8, 2009 3 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Politico: The eye roll said it all. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid emerged from the White House Tuesday with broad, bicameral smiles — until Reid put his arm around Pelosi to announce that “everyone” would support “whatever” Afghanistan policy the president produces. Pelosi doesn’t agree with that — not at all — and ...

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Oct 8, 2009 15 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

You heard it hear first...a week ago.... WASHINGTON — President Obama’s national security team is moving to reframe its war strategy by emphasizing the campaign against Al Qaeda in Pakistan while arguing that the Taliban in Afghanistan do not pose a direct threat to the United States, officials said Wednesday. As Mr. Obama met with advisers for ...

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Oct 7, 2009 Comments Off Pat Dollard

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Oct 7, 2009 8 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Rasmussen Reports: Al-Qaida is becoming the weapons of mass destruction of the Obama administration's war in Afghanistan. Or, to be more precise, it is a reverse WMD. For the George W. Bush administration, the likely presence of WMD in Iraq was a major justification for going to war. For Vice President Joe Biden and some senior ...

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Oct 7, 2009 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban pose no threat to the West but will continue their fight against occupying foreign forces, they said on Wednesday, the eighth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion that removed them from power. U.S.-led forces with the help of Afghan groups overthrew the Taliban government during a five week battle which started ...

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Oct 7, 2009 7 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Politico: A YouTube of Nancy Pelosi's appearance alongside Harry Reid at the White House yesterday is making the rounds today -- painting a vivid picture of the two leaders' differing approaches to Afghanistan. Pelosi, who has said she's "agnostic" about President Obama's unannounced new strategy, seemed way less than comfortable when the Senate majority leader put his ...

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Oct 7, 2009 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Oct 7, 2009 13 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Wall Street Journal: Democrats have found someone worth fighting in Afghanistan. His name is Stan McChrystal.

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Oct 7, 2009 12 Comments ›› Erik Wong

The Christian Science Monitor: Kabul, Afghanistan - When Medea Benjamin stood up in a Kabul meeting hall this weekend to ask Masooda Jalal if she would prefer more international troops or more development funds, the cofounder of US antiwar group Code Pink was hoping her fellow activist would support her call for US troop withdrawal. She was ...

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Oct 6, 2009 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Fox News: Sen. John McCain lashed out at President Obama's National Security Adviser on Monday, casting doubt on Gen. James Jones' decision-making in Afghanistan and saying the military strategy Jones recommended in Iraq was "wrong." The Arizona Republican also criticized Jones for saying on Sunday that he "took exception" to McCain's claim on the Senate floor last ...

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Oct 6, 2009 5 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

When you are waging war on the Pentagon's Afghanistan policy and both Generals Petraeus and McChrystal, you are waging war on the heart of the Pentagon and the military itself. And there goes the ultimate check for balance...and let's be clear: Obama already delayed McChrystal's delivery of his urgent troop request by a month, ...

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Oct 5, 2009 22 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates called on Monday for patience and discretion as President Barack Obama decides how to conduct the war in Afghanistan, urging advisers to speak "candidly but privately" on strategy. Gates did not single out anyone in his address at an Army convention in Washington, but his comments followed very ...

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Oct 5, 2009 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

NY Times: WASHINGTON — Gen. David H. Petraeus, the face of the Iraq troop surge and a favorite of former President George W. Bush, spoke up or was called upon by President Obama “several times” during the big Afghanistan strategy session in the Situation Room last week, one participant says, and will be back for two ...

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Oct 5, 2009 6 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Telegraph: According to sources close to the administration, Gen McChrystal shocked and angered presidential advisers with the bluntness of a speech given in London last week. The next day he was summoned to an awkward 25-minute face-to-face meeting on board Air Force One on the tarmac in Copenhagen, where the president had arrived to tout Chicago's unsuccessful ...

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Oct 5, 2009 Comments Off Erik Wong

ABC News: Think the White House may want to work on its vote-counting operation before the health care bill makes it to the Senate floor? Think the CBO might be just as brutal as the IOC -- with scoring that counts just as much? Think the public debate over Afghanistan strategy gets any easier as events shape perceptions? Nobody ...

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Oct 5, 2009 2 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

SARAROGHA, Pakistan (AP) - Flanked by heavily armed fighters, the new leader of the Pakistani Taliban sat on a blue blanket, amiable and relaxed as he cracked jokes and mixed in threats of vengeance for deadly U.S. airstrikes. One day later, a suicide bomber attacked a U.N. office in Islamabad. Hakimullah Mehsud met with reporters Sunday for ...

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Oct 2, 2009 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Photo-op taken during Obama's phony, rushed, 25-minute meeting with General McChrystal, aboard an Air Force One impatiently waiting to leave. At the meeting's conclusion, the genral was shown the door to the lonely tarmac. Why does Obama have to be shown the way to behave as Commander in Chief by average citizens? I ...

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