Bob Dreyfuss

Bob Dreyfuss is an independent journalist based in New York City and Cape May, New Jersey. For the past twenty-five years, he’s written extensively on politics and national security for a wide range of publications. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The Nation, The American Prospect, Mother Jones, The New Republic, The Huffington Post, Slate, Salon, and many other magazines and websites.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Despite Failing War, White House Says December Review Won't 'Change Channel'
The violence-prone, fraud-marred parliamentary election in Afghanistan is only the latest failure in the nine year-long US war, but it's looking less and less likely that the White House is seriously thinking about changing gears. So far, at least, it appears as if President Obama isn't prepared to cut his losses in the war and order a sharp drawdown of troops next July, when, at least according to his stated policy, US forces will begin to leave Afghanistan.
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Monday, June 28, 2010
Afghanistan: The Land Where Theories of Warfare Go to Die
Less than a year ago, General David Petraeus saluted smartly and pledged his loyal support for President Obama's decision to start withdrawing U.S. forces from Afghanistan in July 2011. In December, when Obama decided (for the second time in 2009) to add tens of thousands of additional American forces to the war, he also slapped an 18-month deadline on the military to turn the situation around and begin handing security over to the bedraggled Afghan National Army and police.
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Monday, June 21, 2010
Gaza: End of the Siege?
"This is the beginning of the total collapse of the siege."
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Sunday, June 13, 2010
Kandahar? Kandahar? What's Kandahar?
Don't look now, but President Obama's Afghanistan strategy is collapsing on his head. The troops that Obama added to the war in 2009 were supposed to head south into Helmand and Kandahar. Instead, the whole war is going south. Fast.
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Brazil, Turkey Engineer Breakthrough on Iran
The best comment so far about the brilliant diplomatic coup engineered by Brazil, Turkey, and Iran yesterday comes from the Turkish ambassador to the United Nations, who said, in reacting to the smarmy, negative reaction from Washington: "I would have expected a more encouraging statement. We don't believe in sanctions, and I don't believe anyone can challenge us, certainly not the United States. They don't work."
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Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Fearing Fear Itself
Faisal Shahzad, it should be noted, is not a member of the Tea Party. Nor, it appears, is he a "white man in his 40s," as early reports described a possible suspect. What he is, it seems, is a manifestation of the reality that the threat of terrorism has fallen far below the magnitude of anything that justifies a "war on terror." If all we have to worry about is a guy who tries to explode his underwear and another guy who creates an incompetent, non-exploding bomb in New York, then we've won.
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
War Crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan
War crimes, massacres, and, as Al Jazeera properly calls it, "collateral murder," are all part of the US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.
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Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Violence on Eve of Iraq Vote
Iraqis go to the polls this Sunday, March 7, and it's not looking good. A rumble of violence is spreading across Iraq, and while it's nothing like the generalized warfare that plagued the country three years ago, it's a worrying sign that a wrong turn after the elections could lead to an explosion -- especially if the vote is rigged, or if the politically disenfranchised outsiders, such as the many Sunnis, secularists, and nationalists, feel that the deck was stacked against them.
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Thursday, January 07, 2010
Blind in Afghanistan
One of the paradoxes of America's bumbling intervention in Afghanistan is that the United States knows next to nothing about the country it is occupying. Not only that, but America's learning curve is so steep that it will be years, or decades, before our military and our intelligence services finally figure out which end is up -- if they ever do. Which raises the question: how does years-long counterinsurgency learning curve sqaure with President Obama's pledge to start withdrawing troops by July, 2011?
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
'Safe Haven Myth' Bites the Dust
One of the most intelligent and thoughtful comments on Afghanistan so far comes from Paul Pillar, the former chief analyst for the US intelligence community and a renowned expert on terrorism, who writes in today's Washington Post that the real issue in Afgahnistan is: What is a "terror haven"? Pillar's argument ought to be required reading for anyone thinking about what "success" in Afghanistan means, since the chief fall-back argument for anyone who support
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