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Dec 8, 2009 Comments Off Erik Wong

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Dec 8, 2009 2 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Boston (AP) - -President Obama's Afghanistan surge is proving to be good politics - if you're a Democrat who's against it. In Massachusetts, all of the Democrats running in a special primary to fill Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's seat oppose the surge, as do the two top Democrats fighting for the nomination for Ohio's U.S. Senate ...

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Dec 8, 2009 11 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

New York Times: WASHINGTON — The two ranking Americans in Afghanistan, a soldier and a diplomat, publicly put aside their differences and told Congress on Tuesday that they fully supported President Obama’s new strategy to add 30,000 troops there to reverse Taliban gains and prepare Afghans to better control their own country. The officials, Gen. Stanley ...

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Dec 8, 2009 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

KABUL (AP) -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived late Monday in Afghanistan with plans to assure officials and American troops there that the United States is committed to winning the war despite plans to begin pulling forces out in 2011. "We are in this thing to win," Gates told reporters while traveling to Kabul, where he ...

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Dec 7, 2009 9 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Dec 5, 2009 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

KABUL — U.S. Marines and Afghan troops, conducting the first offensive since the new American war plan was announced, met little resistance from insurgents Saturday as they worked to disrupt Taliban supply and communications lines in a key valley in southern Afghanistan. About 1,000 Marines and 150 Afghan troops are taking part in "Operation ...

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Dec 4, 2009 13 Comments ›› Erik Wong

BBC: A Taliban detainee in Pakistan claims to have information about Osama Bin Laden's whereabouts in January or February of this year. His claims cannot be verified, but a leading American expert says his account should be investigated. The detainee claims to have met Osama Bin Laden numerous times before 9/11. He claims that in January or February he ...

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Dec 4, 2009 5 Comments ›› Erik Wong

KABUL (AP) - U.S. Marines swooped down behind Taliban lines in helicopters and Osprey aircraft Friday in the first offensive since President Barack Obama announced an American troop surge. About 1,000 Marines and 150 Afghan troops were taking part in "Operation Cobra's Anger" in a bid to disrupt Taliban supply and communications lines in the Now ...

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Dec 4, 2009 17 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Dec 3, 2009 Comments Off Erik Wong

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Dec 2, 2009 17 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Roaring Republican: "The United States and Russia do not intend to, and cannot, create the future government of Afghanistan. It is up to the Afghans themselves to determine their future." – Joint US/Russia release on Afghanistan – November 13th 2001 The comedian Sam Kinison had a routinue that described succinctly and almost eloquently, ...

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Dec 2, 2009 3 Comments ›› Erik Wong

CBS: During the Senate Armed Services hearing today, Defense Secretary Robert Gates was pressed by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. on whether the July 2011 date for beginning to withdrawal troops is "locked in." Gates seemed to suggest there was some flexibility, that "it was a clear statement of his strong intent" and that "the president always has ...

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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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