The presidential electoral campaign of Barack Obama in 2008, it was thought, changed the political debate in a party and a country that desperately needed to take a new direction. Like most preceding presidential winners dating back at least to John F. Kennedy, what moved voters of all descriptions to back Obama was the hope he offered of significant change. Yet within a year Obama has taken decisive steps, not just to continue Americas engagement in Bushs Afghan War, but significantly to enlarge it into Pakistan. If this was change of a sort, it was a change that few voters desired.
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News Former CIA Agent: Back to Afghanistan? - Michael Scheuer
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NATION | As the war in Afghanistan drags on to its 13th year, Americans are becoming increasingly tired of the conflict. The Founding Fathers knew America, like all nations, would be forced to fight wars. A process to declare war is written into the
News Obama makes it official: U.S. planning for full Afghan withdrawal
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After giving him the silent treatment for 8 months, President Obama called Afghan President Karzai. The message? A blunt warning that all US troops will leave his war-torn country by 2015 unless Karzai or his successor sign a bilateral security agree
News The Secret Battles Between US Forces and Chechen Terrorists
For the last 12 years, US Special Operations forces have repeatedly engaged in fierce combat in Afghanistan against ruthless Taliban allies from Chechnya, who have the same pedigree as their terrorist brethren threatening to disrupt the Winter Olympi
News US wars in Afghanistan, Iraq to cost $6 trillion
The decade-long American wars in Afghanistan and Iraq would end up costing as much as $6 trillion, the equivalent of $75,000 for every American household, calculates the prestigious Harvard Universitys Kennedy School of Government.
News Afghanistan frees detainees US calls 'dangerous'
Afghanistan released 65 accused militants from a former U.S. prison on Thursday despite protests from the American military, which says the men are Taliban fighters who will likely return to the battlefield to kill coalition and Afghan forces.
News NATO chief doesn't see Karzai signing security pact
http://www.reuters.com, By Adrian Croft
President Hamid Karzai is unlikely to sign a pact for U.S. and NATO forces to stay in Afghanistan after 2014 and will probably leave the choice for his successor, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Saturday.
News Afghan president Hamid Karzai suspects U.S. secretly behind Kabul restaurant bombing
Afghan President Hamid Karzai suspects the United States may have backed insurgent-style attacks to undermine his government but has no evidence to support his theory, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.
Karzai, whose relations with Washington h
News Afghan president says U.S. should start talks with Taliban or leave
President Hamid Karzai appeared to stiffen his resolve on Saturday not to sign a security pact with Washington, saying the United States should leave Afghanistan unless it could restart peace talks with the Taliban.
News Afghanistan cracks down on advertising in favor of U.S. troops
Afghanistan's government, increasingly at odds with Washington, is cracking down on advertisements that promote keeping US troops in the country after 2014 and has shut down a spot aired by the country's most widely watched broadcasters.
News New video surfaces of U.S. prisoner from Afghan war
The U.S. military has seen a new video [which you can't see] of Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier taken hostage by the Taliban in 2009 and the only known U.S. prisoner of war from the Afghan conflict, a U.S. official said on Wednesday.
News Afghan president accuses US of killing 7 children in airstrike
President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday accused the United States of killing seven children and a woman in an airstrike in central Afghanistan -- an incident set to further damage frayed ties between the two allies.
News Swimming Against the Tide in Afghanistan: Why the US Troops Dont Need to Stay
The bottom line when it comes to Afghanistan is that the U.S. has failed in virtually every one of its objectives.
News After 12 Years, £390bn, and Countless Dead, We Leave Poverty, Fraud and the Taliban in Afghanistan
The country is in such a bad way as western troops depart that leaders can only spin, almost to the point of lying
News Killing of boy, 4, by US troops frays Afghan ties further
Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday condemned US troops for killing a four-year-old boy in the southern province of Helmand, in a fresh strain to troubled relations between Washington and Kabul.
News Always Turning the Corner in the Afghan War
http://www.fair.org, By Peter Hart
Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution is what you might call a part of part of foreign policy elite, constantly churning out op-eds and TV-ready soundbites about current and pending US wars, and generally being taken seriously.
News CNN Poll: Afghanistan war arguably most unpopular in U.S. history
Support for the war in Afghanistan has dipped below 20%, according to a new national poll, making the country's longest military conflict arguably its most unpopular one as well.
News Rockets land in US embassy compound in Kabul, no injuries
Two Taliban rockets have landed inside the US embassy compound in Kabul, causing no casualties but underlining Afghanistan's continuing security problems as many foreigners in the capital marked Christmas Day.
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Headlines: Afghan Military Cedes Checkpoints to Taliban in Helmand -- Rockets land in US embassy compound in Kabul, no injuries -- CNN Poll: Afghanistan war arguably most unpopular in U.S. history -- US Ultimatum Fails, Afghan Troop Deal Remains Unsigned -- US Aims to Block Afghans From Releasing Detainees -- Always Turning the Corner in the Afghan War -- Why the US Wants To Stay In Afghanistan -- Killing of boy, 4, by US troops frays Afghan ties further -- After 12 Years, £390bn, and Countless Dead, We Leave Poverty, Fraud and the Taliban in Afghanistan -- Swimming Against the Tide in Afghanistan: Why the US Troops Dont Need to Stay -- Afghan president accuses US of killing 7 children in airstrike -- New video surfaces of U.S. prisoner from Afghan war -- Afghanistan cracks down on advertising in favor of U.S. troops -- Afghan president says U.S. should start talks with Taliban or leave -- Kabul suicide bomb kills Afghan defence staff -- Afghan president Hamid Karzai suspects U.S. secretly behind Kabul restaurant bombing -- America's Criminal Afghanistan Legacy -- NATO chief doesn't see Karzai signing security pact -- Watch A Crowd Of Angry Afghans Stone The Wreckage Of A Predator Drone -- Afghanistan frees detainees US calls 'dangerous' -- Civilians are dying. Campaigners are being kidnapped. -- US wars in Afghanistan, Iraq to cost $6 trillion -- The Secret Battles Between US Forces and Chechen Terrorists -- US Mulls Plan for 3,000 Troops to Stay in Afghanistan -- Obama makes it official: U.S. planning for full Afghan withdrawal -- Former CIA Agent: Back to Afghanistan? - Michael Scheuer --