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Derrick Crowe

Derrick Crowe is a 5-year veteran of Capitol Hill who left D.C. over his objections to Democrats’ choice in the 2008 presidential campaign to urge escalation in Afghanistan.

October 7th, 2010

Afghanistan, Year Ten

I spent several days last week giving guest lectures about the Afghanistan War to freshmen and seniors at Anderson High School in Austin, Texas. It's no secret that I loathe this brutal, futile war that's not making us safer. So, when I talk to kids about it, I state my ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

October 6th, 2010

The Afghanistan War's Tenth Year Must Be Its Last

October 10, 2010 starts year ten of the Afghanistan War. Almost a decade of war in one of the most unforgiving terrains in the world, for ends we can't define. Can anyone name a single way in which this war still serves the national interest, if it ever did? We ... continue reading

September 28th, 2010

Biden warned Obama during Afghan war review not to get 'locked into Vietnam'

On Thanksgiving weekend in 2009, as President Obama was crafting his final Afghan war strategy, Vice President Biden fired off six handwritten memos by secure fax from Nantucket island in Massachusetts, where the Biden family traditionally gathered to celebrate the November holiday. As Biden had for months, he was keeping ... continue reading

September 28th, 2010

Military thwarted president seeking choice in Afghanistan

President Obama was on edge. For two exhausting months, he had been asking military advisers to give him a range of options for the war in Afghanistan. Instead, he felt that they were steering him toward one outcome and thwarting his search for an exit plan. He would later tell ... continue reading

September 23rd, 2010

Mixed messages from Obama, Petraeus on Afghanistan pullout

WASHINGTON - Even as new disclosures reveal that President Obama was leaning hard on the Pentagon to come up with an exit strategy for Afghanistan with no “wiggle room,” US troops on the ground are increasingly seeking out just that.As they make their case, soldiers tend to point to the ... continue reading

September 21st, 2010

One and a Half Cheers for American Decline

Compare two assessments of the American future:In the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll in which 61% of Americans interviewed considered “things in the nation” to be “on the wrong track,” 66% did “not feel confident that life for our children’s generation will be better than it has been for us.” ... continue reading

September 10th, 2010

All Saints Episcopal Church of East Lansing will still have Quran reading Saturday

EAST LANSING – The small Gainesville, Fla. church which threatened to burn the Quran may have postponed, or even canceled, its protest, but All Saints Episcopal Church will still conduct its open reading of the Muslim holy book.All Saints Episcopal Church rector Kit Carlson posted this on Facebook:"We will still ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

September 9th, 2010

Burn, Baby, Burn!

[Welcome to OpenMike. This is where Mike blogs. Soon to be its own pretty section of MichaelMoore.com] So the friggin' SECRETARY OF DEFENSE took time off running all our wars to call some nutjob preacher in Florida. And we have to witness the sissy sight of Gen. Petraeus begging from ... continue reading

September 7th, 2010

Reaction to proposed Koran burning doesn't faze Florida church

The pastor of a tiny, fringe evangelical church in Florida on Tuesday rebuffed a plea for restraint from Gen. David H. Petraeus, who warned that a plan to burn the Muslim holy book could provoke violence against American troops and citizens overseas."Instead of possibly blaming us for what could happen, ... continue reading

September 1st, 2010

For Gates the US war in Iraq is over but cloud remains

CAMP RAMADI, Iraq — US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday that America's war in Iraq is over but admitted that the outcome will remain "clouded" by the reason it was waged in the first place.Asked by reporters at Camp Ramadi, an American base about 100 kilometres (80 miles) west ... continue reading

Michael Prysner

Iraq War Veteran, Anti-War Activist

August 22nd, 2010

The truth about the 'end of combat operations'

Early in the month, on Aug. 7, Army Specialist Faith Hinkley dove for cover from a rocket propelled grenade while on her base in Iraq. She was hit with shrapnel from the explosion, and bled to death in Baghdad. She was 23 years old.A week later, on Aug. 15, Army ... continue reading

Michael Prysner

Iraq War Veteran, Anti-War Activist

August 20th, 2010

More U.S. Troops Killed in Afghanistan Under Obama Than Under Bush

During former-Pres. George W. Bush’s tenure, 575 U.S. troops were killed in Afghanistan. Since President Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, 580 U.S. troops have perished there (as of August 19). In just 19 months, the Afghan war under Obama has claimed more U.S. lives than the previous administration’s ... continue reading

August 16th, 2010

US troops shoot three during Bagram anti-war protest

United States troops shot three civilians including a 12-year-old boy at a demonstration near its main base at Bagram airfield at the weekend - the latest in a rising wave of protests against the occupation. Nato claimed the soldiers had been forced to shoot at locals after they surrounded contractors ... continue reading

August 16th, 2010

Petraeus hedges on US exit date from Afghanistan

The new commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan, Gen David Petraeus, says he will not be bound by a 2011 target date to start withdrawing US troops. Speaking on NBC television, Gen Petraeus said he reserved the right to tell President Obama whether the pull-out date was too early. He ... continue reading

August 16th, 2010

Karzai to ban private security companies in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan President Hamid Karzai's office on Monday announced that it will close the country's 52 private security companies by year's end, a decision that could create more risks along the U.S.-led military's critical supply routes into Afghanistan. The announcement appeared to catch NATO and U.S. officials by ... continue reading

August 16th, 2010

Robert Gates sets retirement date for next year

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates confirmed last night plans to leave office next year. However, he said he first wanted to make sure the start of the American withdrawal from Afghanistan was on track.The confirmation, in an interview with the magazine Foreign Policy, was published after Dr Gates locked horns ... continue reading

August 16th, 2010

Robert Gates Says He'll Leave Pentagon by End of 2011

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says that he may leave his job possibly as early as January but certainly by the end of 2011, Foreign Policy Magazine reports. "It would be a mistake to wait until January 2012," Gates said in an interview. "This is not the kind of job you ... continue reading

August 13th, 2010

Petraeus Might Advise Afghanistan Troop Drawdown Delay

Gen. David Petraeus, the new U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said that he could "certainly" advise President Obama to delay the Afghanistan troop draw down slated to begin in July 2011, if that's what the conditions on the ground called for. Petraeus recently replaced the ousted Gen. Stanley McChrystal in Afghanistan. ... continue reading

August 12th, 2010

Civilian death toll rises by a third in Afghanistan

More civilians were killed or injured in Afghanistan in the first half of this year than in any six-month spell since the war began, a United Nations report released yesterday said.The total number of casualties soared by 31 per cent in comparison with the same period in 2009, according to ... continue reading

August 6th, 2010

U.S. worried by Hamid Karzai's attempt to assert control over corruption probes

Obama administration officials fear that a move by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to assert control over U.S.-backed corruption investigations might provoke the biggest crisis in U.S.-Afghan relations since last year's fraud-riddled election and could further threaten congressional approval of billions of dollars in pending aid. The concerns were sparked by ... continue reading

July 22nd, 2010

Afghan soldier kills US trainers in shooting exercise

KABUL — An Afghan soldier opened fire at a training exercise in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing two US civilian trainers and a fellow Afghan soldier in the second similar shootout in just a week.The shooting raised further questions about the quality of the fledgling Afghan army as the international ... continue reading

July 16th, 2010

Secretary Gates agrees to work on war message in meeting with GOP senators

President Obama has a problem with mixed messages about when American troops will leave Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Senate Republicans.At a meeting on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Republicans complained about inconsistency among political, policy and military leaders in the administration, telling Gates this cast doubt on U.S. military ... continue reading

July 15th, 2010

Afghan hunt for rogue soldier after British killings

KABUL — A renegade Afghan soldier is on the run after killing three British soldiers on a base in the troubled south of the country, adding to concerns about NATO-led efforts to help build up the Afghan army.Afghan's army chief vowed a full investigation into Tuesday's shooting but Britain, the ... continue reading

July 15th, 2010

Lawmakers showing rising frustration with Afghan war

WASHINGTON Democratic and Republican senators voiced deep concern Wednesday over the direction of the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, questioning whether the Obama administration can begin withdrawing U.S. troops next summer and worrying that it lacks a plan for forging a political settlement. "We need a better definition of exactly what ... continue reading

July 14th, 2010

Gallup: Most Americans like Petraeus, but see difficulty in Afghanistan

In Iowa Monday, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich summed up in his own feelings the profile of most Americans on the thorny topic of the war in Afghanistan that emerges in the new Gallup Poll.“I like Dave a lot. I’ve known him for years. I think he’s wonderful,” Gingrich ... continue reading

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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

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Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Mar 23rd
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Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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Mar 19th
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Mar 14th
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Mar 7th
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

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Mar 2nd
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