All Articles on Afghanistan

Any responsible government Americans elect in 2020 must learn from the well-documented failure and catastrophic human cost of U.S. regime change efforts in Afghanistan. Views
The Real Lesson of Afghanistan Is That Regime Change Does Not Work
The underlying fault is not in how the U.S. tries and fails to reconstruct societies destroyed by its "regime changes," but in the fundamental illegitimacy of regime change itself.
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In 2001, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) was the only member of the U.S. House of Representatives to rise in opposition to the rushed decision to invade Afghanistan following the attacks of September 11. (Photo: Archive/C-SPAN) News
'I Was Wrong': Bernie Sanders Admits Barbara Lee Only Member of Congress in 2001 Who Had it Right on Afghan War
"Politicians never ever ever say that. Ever."
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U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, 2001. (Photo: Sergeant Joseph R. Chenelly / United States Marine Corps) Views
Afghanistan Papers Confirm That the Longest War Is a Lie
The important question today is: Will the Afghanistan Papers bring about the end of the longest war?
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Rep. Ro Khanna News
'Let's Bring Rumsfeld In': Khanna Calls for Hearings on US Officials Who Lied to American People About Endless Afghan War
"The bottom line is that top military officials and civilian officials have known that the Afghan war has been has been unwinnable and have been misleading the American public for 20 years."
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Afghan children look on as a US soldier from the Provincial Reconstruction team (PRT) Steel Warriors patrols in the mountains of Nuristan Province on December 19, 2009. (Photo: Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Americans Misled About Their Wars: Lather, Rinse, and Repeat
The only real question worth pondering at this point is why Americans sign on to nihilistic pursuits of this sort with such regular and obedient ease.
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 I can’t help but surmise that the original sin of America’s Afghan war, particularly after the initial 2001 invasion, was the reflexive assumption that within this landlocked Central Asian country, an imposed, Western-style representative democracy could take root. (Photo: Scott Nelson/Getty Images) Views
I Knew the War in Afghanistan Was a Lie
Nineteen years into America’s longest war, Afghanistan is in a worse state than at any time since the U.S. military invasion.
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"The metrics were always manipulated for the duration of the war" News
'Read Every Word of This': WaPo Investigation Reveals US Officials' Public Deception Campaign on Afghan War
Officials repeatedly told the public "progress" was being made, but new documents show they knew that wasn't true.
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A new contingent of 14,000 troops would double the extra total sent in 2019 alone and bring the over-all number to 74,000. (Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Trump Fails Again to Bring Our Troops Home From Mideast: Mulling Escalation of 14,000 US Troops to the Middle East to Counter Iran
It's not clear how another 14,000 US troops would effectively do anything to block Iran.
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By 2006, at least 100 prisoners had died in US custody in Afghanistan and Iraq, most of them violently, according to government data. (Photo: US torture Image by Witness Against Torture) Views
ICC Holds Hearing on Afghanistan War Crimes, Including US Torture
The current hearing will examine allegations that US troops and intelligence operatives tortured, raped and abused Afghan prisoners between 2003 and 2004.
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A U.S. Army soldier fires an M4 carbine rifle News
The So-Called War on Terror Has Killed Over 801,000 People and Cost $6.4 Trillion: New Analysis
"The numbers continue to accelerate, not only because many wars continue to be waged, but also because wars don't end when soldiers come home."
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