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How Many Surges Must One Nation Have?
Following General McCrystal's leaked Afghanistan report and media speculation that military planners desire 500,000 troops 'on the ground' over five years, Tom Andrews and Robert Naiman ask, How much more we can tolerate? Indeed, how much more will we tolerate? As secret meetings occur and the...
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American Antiwar Movement Plans an Autumn Campaign Against Policies on Afghanistan
A restive antiwar movement, largely dormant since the election of Barack Obama , is preparing a nationwide campaign this fall to challenge the administration’s policies on Afghanistan. Anticipating a Pentagon request for more troops there, antiwar leaders have engaged in a flurry of meetings to...
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Got a Minute? Congressman McGovern & 80% of Afghans Need You
Just now, the House of Representatives finished debate on Congressman McGovern's amendment to the Defense Authorization bill calling for an exit strategy for the war in Afghanistan. With voting on all amendments scheduled for later today, Congressman McGovern and the 80% of Afghans who oppose an...
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Congress Needs to Hear From Us Today on Afghanistan
This week Congress is set to authorize $550 billion in defense spending and, with it, an additional $130 billion to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Despite a Democratic President and a Democratic majority in Congress, the military industrial complex is once again running up the score: the...
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Congress Should Vote No On War Funding Bill
Today, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on yet another supplemental funding bill , this time providing nearly $80 billion to continue waging the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (the total bill is now at $106 billion). And, just like they have done repeatedly in years past, progressive...
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House Appropriations Committee Moves Against Iraq Mission Creep
There is good news from the House Appropriations Committee yesterday: Members voted in Congressman Sam Farr's (D-CA) amendment to the supplemental funding bill for Iraq and Afghanistan. This amendment takes two important steps to push back against the disconcerting signs of mission creep in Iraq: 1...
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Liberals Signal More Scrutiny on Afghan Policy
The silence of the doves is breaking. So far, President Obama has had the benefit of the doubt for his plans for Iraq and Afghanistan from liberal Democratic allies in Washington. In part, that's because the most strident Iraq War critics in Congress have not been able to come to an agreement on...
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House Members to Obama: Rethink Afghanistan Surge
Congressional Democrats and Republicans are signing on to a letter urging President Obama to reconsider his plan to surge tens of thousands of additional U.S. troops into Afghanistan. "Mr. President, in reviewing the past history of Afghanistan and the nations that have failed to conquer it --...
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Don't Bleed Resources in Afghanistan
On Tuesday, President Obama announced the deployment of 17,000 additional US troops to Afghanistan. Two decades and two days after the Soviet army withdrew from its disastrous occupation in Afghanistan, it saddens me that we're heading down a path that has ensnared the British empire and the former...
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On Obama's Afghan Escalation: 'Stop Digging'
Former Maine Democratic congressman Tom Andrews (Disclosure: I was his Chief of Staff when he served in Congress) , now the chair of Win Without War , put out this statement this afternoon: Clearly, U.S. policy in Afghanistan has failed, as numerous reports point to security conditions that have...
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