Tom Andrews

Tom Andrews

Tom Andrews, a former Member of Congress from the first Congressional District of Maine, is senior adviser to the human rights group, Fortify Rights. Andrews is the former President of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Tom also served as National Director of Win Without War, a coalition of forty-two national membership organizations including the National Council of Churches, the NAACP, the National Organization of Women, the Sierra Club, and MoveOn.  He is also a co-founder of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

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Friday, January 28, 2011
State of the War in Afghanistan: The Good, The Bad and The Inaccurate
Just in case you missed it, there was good news and bad news in President Obama’s State of the Union speech when it came to the war in Afghanistan: The good news is that he reaffirmed his commitment to begin the withdrawal of US troops in July. The bad news is that he made claims about the war and the fight against al Qaeda that were both misleading and inaccurate – claims that could undermine any opportunity for withdrawing significant numbers of US troops from Afghanistan in July. We don’t have to wait to July to start worrying.
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Thursday, December 16, 2010
What the President Won't Say About Afghanistan
Few were surprised that the Obama Administration reports "signs of progress" in Afghanistan in their assessment of strategy in Afghanistan, released today .
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Friday, November 19, 2010
General Petraeus' Catch-22
President Obama is in Lisbon today for the NATO Summit on Afghanistan where political spinmeisters will be earning every dollar in their paycheck. Things are bad and getting worse there, notwithstanding the new and improved strategy announced a year ago complete with a commitment of 30,000 more US troops. Majorities of the citizens of the participating NATO countries have turned decidedly against the war, including the United States.
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Thursday, September 02, 2010
The (Anti-War) Surge Did Work
While President Obama called on the nation Tuesday night to “move beyond our differences” on the disastrous US Iraq policy, the Congressional Republican leadership – John Boehner in the House and Mitch McConnell in the Senate- were delivering high-octane speeches attacking the president for opposing the military surge of US forces in 2007 that they claim turned the tide in the Iraq war.
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Gen. Petraeus's Nation-Building Media Tour
"That's why our troop commitment in Afghanistan cannot be open-ended -- because the nation that I'm most interested in building is our own."
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Thursday, July 29, 2010
Looking Behind the Numbers of House Afghanistan Vote
On Tuesday, the US House of Representatives failed to represent the majority of Americans who believe we should end the US led military occupation of Afghanistan and close the open ended military commitment to the second most corrupt government on earth. Instead, the US government will borrow an additional $33 billion to fuel the growing escalation of US military forces in the longest war in the history of the United States.
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
146 Votes Away from Afghanistan Exit
The secret documents released Sunday by WikiLeaks provide 92,000 additional reasons why Congress should stop the US war in Afghanistan. It will take 146 votes on the floor of the House to do so. Call your Representative now at (888) 493-5443 and tell them to vote no on the war funding bill HR 4899.
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Thursday, July 22, 2010
Grasping at “Turning Points” in Afghanistan
A front page story in today’s New York Times threw a bucket of cold water on the Obama administration’s latest attempt to declare yet another “turning point” for US policy in Afghanistan. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a font of enthusiasm about prospects in Afghanistan yesterday. As a conference of foreign leaders supporting the US military-led Afghanistan strategy wrapped up in Kabul, Secretary Clinton declared, “Today was a real turning point!”
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Wednesday, June 30, 2010
White House Ducks Afghanistan Exit
It was difficult watching the Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing of General David Petraeus on Tuesday. The number one line of questioning -- why the administration has established a date certain to begin withdrawing US forces from Afghanistan. Why this line of questioning? Because Republicans are enjoying putting the administration on the defensive.
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Three Things You Missed in Rolling Stone's McChrystal Profile
Unfortunately, President Obama missed an opportunity today to not only replace an out-of-control general but an out-of-control and failing strategy in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, mainstream media continue to miss the most serious story contained in the now famous Rolling Stone profile.
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