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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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Firing McChrystal Is Not Enough
It's not enough to fire General McChrystal for his latest public act of insubordination. It's time to fire the entire Afghanistan strategy. How can Congress possibly appropriate an additional $33 billion to a General who does not believe in the mission, the Commander-in-Chief or the administration officials he so obviously holds in contempt? The answer is obvious: it can't.
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Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Where 'Military Victory' Is an Oxymoron
When it comes to Afghanistan, "military victory" is an oxymoron. Even President Obama and his Defense Secretary Robert Gates say so. Repeatedly. The only path to peaceful resolution to the Afghanistan conundrum, they point out, is by winning the "hearts and minds" of the Afghan people.
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Saturday, March 06, 2010
Washington at Its Worst: Stop the Gitmo Sell-Out
It's getting even uglier in Washington DC.
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Iraq Withdrawal in Danger
Just when you thought that the proverbial fat lady was about to launch into an aria over the final withdrawal of US military forces in Iraq, the US military announced that it is drawing up contingency plans to delay the withdrawal.
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Sunday, February 21, 2010
CPAC -- The Right Wing Olympics
The Games are on! We’re not talking about the ones in Vancouver, but the ones in Washington, D.C. The Conservative Political Action Conference is underway in the land of the wicked to showcase their best to the nation and rally the faithful. The right-wing is on a roll in American politics as right-wing Members of the House and Senate beat back such socialist ideas as access to health care for all Americans; a sustainable planet; and the U.S. criminal justice system.
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Thursday, December 03, 2009
Nation-Building in Afghanistan Instead of at Home Will Produce New 'Misery Index'
President Obama's decision to nation-build in Afghanistan in the midst of the worst economic recession since the Great Depression is likely to produce a new Misery Index for Americans: The escalating numbers of dead and wounded American soldiers in Afghanistan PLUS the likely high level of unemployed Americans at home. For Congressional Democrats, the Misery Index could add up to big trouble at the polls in November 2010.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Profiles In Hypocrisy: James Inhofe
Hypocrisy, thy name is James Inhofe when it comes to prosecuting terrorists.
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Thursday, September 24, 2009
Classified McChrystal Report: 500,000 Troops Will Be Required Over Five Years in Afghanistan
Embedded in General Stanley McChrystal's classified assessment of the war in Afghanistan is his conclusion that a successful counterinsurgency strategy will require 500,000 troops over five years. This bombshell was dropped by NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Wednesday:
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Friday, June 26, 2009
Glass Half Full: House Democratic Caucus Backs McGovern Afghanistan Exit Amendment
For those concerned the U.S. is becoming mired in a military quagmire in Afghanistan there was good news and bad news on the House floor Thursday afternoon: The good news is that a majority of House Democrats just voted (131-114) to support the McGovern amendment to the House Defense Authorization bill that requires the Pentagon to develop a military exit strategy from Afghanistan. The bad news is that the overwhelming majority of House Republicans voted against the amendment (164-7), leading to its defeat.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Common Sense vs. the Military-Industrial-Political-Complex on the Floor of the US House Today
The more things change at the polls, the more they apparently stay the same in Congress. The Defense bill that the House Armed Services Committee is presenting today on the House floor is the first opportunity for this Democratic Congress to turn the page on the Bush administration's disastrous approach to national defense. Instead, it is poised to authorize more of the same, or worse.
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