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June 28th, 2010

Feinstein: Afghanistan exit date flexible

In a sign of Congress’ increasing willingness to disregard President Obama’s July 2011 deadline to start withdrawing troops, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Sunday that the draw-down timeline should depend on requests by the military.Feinstein appeared as a guest on “Fox News Sunday.” When asked if Obama should change his plans ... continue reading

June 23rd, 2010

Obama relieves McChrystal of Afghan command

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama swiftly relieved General Stanley McChrystal of his command Wednesday, warning that his stunning criticism of the administration would erode trust in the Afghan war effort.Obama replaced McChrystal with talismanic General David Petraeus, who rescued a losing strategy in Iraq, and warned he would not ... continue reading

June 23rd, 2010

McChrystal likely to resign over magazine comments, source says

Washington (CNN) -- America's top military commander in Afghanistan is unlikely to survive the fallout from remarks he made about colleagues in a magazine profile to be published Friday, according to a Pentagon source who has ongoing contacts with the general.Gen. Stanley McChrystal will likely resign Wednesday, the source said. ... continue reading

June 23rd, 2010

US general in Afghan war at risk of losing his job

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama rebuked his Afghanistan war commander for "poor judgment" Tuesday and considered whether to fire him in the most extraordinary airing of military-civilian tensions since Harry Truman stripped Gen. Douglas MacArthur of his command a half-century ago.Gen. Stanley McChrystal is prepared to submit his resignation at ... continue reading

June 22nd, 2010

British diplomat quits Afghanistan post

Britain's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, who has criticized elements of the U.S. war strategy, has resigned and the new government of Prime Minister David Cameron is reviewing whether to fill the job, British officials said Monday.Sherard Cowper-Coles, the British counterpart of Obama administration special representative Richard C. Holbrooke, ... continue reading

June 22nd, 2010

The Runaway General

'How'd I get screwed into going to this dinner?" demands Gen. Stanley McChrystal. It's a Thursday night in mid-April, and the commander of all U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan is sitting in a four-star suite at the Hôtel Westminster in Paris. He's in France to sell his new war ... continue reading

June 22nd, 2010

White House summons McChrystal

The top U.S. general in Afghanistan was summoned to the White House to explain remarks critical of the Obama administration, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, as speculation grew that he could be ousted.The unusual move came a day after General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in ... continue reading

June 22nd, 2010

Furious President Obama summons Gen. Stanley McChrystal to D.C.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates publicly rebuked Gen. Stanley McChrystal Tuesday, saying in a statement that the top commander in Afghanistan had "made a significant mistake and exercised poor judgment" in the biting remarks he and his aides made in a Rolling Stone article about President Barack Obama and others in ... continue reading

June 22nd, 2010

Top general in Afghan war apologizes for profile

WASHINGTON — The top U.S. war commander in Afghanistan apologized Tuesday for an interview in which he said he felt betrayed by the man the White House chose to be his diplomatic partner, Ambassador Karl Eikenberry.An article out this week in Rolling Stone magazine depicts Gen. Stanley McChrystal as a ... continue reading

June 15th, 2010

Concern on Capitol Hill about Afghanistan war grows

A series of political and military setbacks in Afghanistan has fed anxiety over the war effort in the past few weeks, shaking supporters of President Obama's counterinsurgency strategy and confirming the pessimism of those who had doubts about it from the start.The concerns, fed largely by unease over military operations ... continue reading

May 13th, 2010

Obama, Karzai say Afghan war to worsen

WASHINGTON — President Obama and his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai, appeared side by side yesterday in a stiff, choreographed effort to demonstrate they have set aside differences over how to prosecute the war in Afghanistan.Both acknowledged the war is likely to worsen in the months ahead as U.S. troops push ... continue reading

Coleen Rowley

FBI Whistleblower

February 4th, 2010

End the Fog of War! Read the Eikenberry Memos!

This new video from Robert Greenwald “Rethink Afghanistan War: The Eikenberry Cables” is a must-view for those who remember the Vietnam War and the difficulty of ending a quagmire that dragged on long after military officials and Presidential Administrations knew it was “unwinnable” and wrong. The actual conversations of despair ... continue reading

January 9th, 2010

1 US, 8 Afghan troops killed by roadside bombs

KABUL — Roadside bombs have killed eight Afghan soldiers and a U.S. service member in separate incidents in Afghanistan, officials said Friday.NATO confirmed the American died Thursday in eastern Afghanistan, but provided no other details.Also Thursday, an Afghan army vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Uruzgan province in central Afghanistan. ... continue reading

Rep. Eric Massa

Rep. Massa represents the 29th Congressional District of New York

December 23rd, 2009

Christmas Eve Is the 3,000th day in Afghanistan and 30th Anniversary of the Russian Invasion

Christmas Eve is a time to gather with friends and family to reflect on the good things in life. It's a time to share our joys and our hopes for peace on earth and good will towards all. This year Christmas Eve has a sad and ironic twist to it ... continue reading

December 4th, 2009

Victory at Last!

Let others deal with the details of President Obama’s Afghan speech, with the on-ramps and off-ramps, those 30,000 U.S. troops going in and just where they will be deployed, the benchmarks for what’s called “good governance” in Afghanistan, the corruption of the Karzai regime, the viability of counterinsurgency warfare, the ... continue reading

November 27th, 2009

President vs. party on troop increase

President Obama will reveal his new Afghanistan war strategy in a speech Tuesday evening to cadets at West Point, but his most skeptical audience is likely to be the powerful Democrats on Capitol Hill who oppose a troop buildup. Top Democrats have made it clear to Obama that he will ... continue reading

November 25th, 2009

US skeptics fear Afghan mission turning into a quagmire

WASHINGTON — Skeptics reject President Barack Obama's expected decision to ramp up the Afghanistan war as a misguided bid to fix a muddled mission, arguing it will draw America deeper into a quagmire.Ahead of Obama's momentous address to the nation on Tuesday, even fellow Democrats in Congress are voicing growing ... continue reading

November 25th, 2009

Obama to announce Afghanistan troop strategy Tuesday

Washington (CNN) -- President Obama will announce the U.S. troop strategy for Afghanistan in a speech at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Wednesday. The Pentagon was making detailed plans to send about 34,000 more U.S. ... continue reading

November 24th, 2009

Obama plans to send 34,000 more troops to Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama met Monday evening with his national security team to finalize a plan to dispatch some 34,000 additional U.S. troops over the next year to what he's called "a war of necessity" in Afghanistan, U.S. officials told McClatchy. Obama is expected to announce his long-awaited decision ... continue reading

November 23rd, 2009

Obama holds Afghanistan meeting tonight

President Obama will be working late tonight: The White House just announced a national security meeting on Afghanistan, starting at 8 p.m.It will be the ninth such meeting in recent months, as Obama decides on deploying more troops to the war now in its ninth year -- a decision to ... continue reading

November 15th, 2009

Blood's in the water over news media leaks

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's internal debate over Afghan policy has escalated into a battle of news media leaks that's straining relations between officials who are seeking a major troop increase and those who want a more limited approach and a greater focus on domestic priorities.The feud also has poisoned ... continue reading

November 13th, 2009

Suicide bombing near US base in Afghanistan: officials

KABUL — A suicide bomber struck near a US military base in Kabul on Friday, wounding foreign soldiers and Afghan civilians less than a week before the inauguration of President Hamid Karzai, officials said.Kabul has been hit by a rising number of suicide bombings claimed by the Taliban, whose insurgency ... continue reading

November 13th, 2009

As Obama ponders Afghanistan, so does Europe

LONDON -- President Barack Obama's delay in deciding U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan has found an echo chamber in Europe, where coalition leaders in NATO are weighing whether to send more help or bow to public demands for a speedy exit.NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told The Associated Press ... continue reading

November 12th, 2009

Envoy Questioning More Troops in Afghanistan Was Military Hawk Under Bush

The American ambassador who has told President Obama he has serious concerns about increasing troop levels in Afghanistan urged the Bush administration repeatedly not to withdraw forces while he was the top military commander there. Army Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry also forcefully pressed NATO to contribute more troops to the war ... continue reading

November 12th, 2009

Obama Wants Exit Strategy, Strong Afghan Government

Nov. 12 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama wants to ensure the U.S. has an “exit strategy” from Afghanistan and a strong Afghan government before making final decisions on strategy, press secretary Robert Gibbs said.“An exit strategy is as important as ramping up troops,” Gibbs told reporters on Air Force One ... continue reading

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Mar 19th
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