Petraeus And The Politics Of Afghanistan

By Tom Hayden

President Obama may have saved his reputation as commander-in-chief by firing Stanley McChrystal today, but he deepened his Afghan quagmire by choosing David Petraeus as the replacement.

Offically FUBAR

By Cindy Sheehan

"If Americans pulled back and started paying attention to this war, it would become even less popular," a senior adviser to head of NATO ops in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal (via Rolling Stone).

Requiem for the Antiwar Movement

By Cindy Sheehan

This article and these observations are going to piss some people off-but oh well. You will be angry with me, even though I am not the one who is ordering more war, paying for more war, torturing people and imprisoning them without due process, destroying the economy and the environment, blah, blah, blah.

June deadliest month for NATO troops since Afghan war and occupation began

At least 79 NATO troops have died in Afghanistan so far this month, surpassing the previous record reached last August, when 76 troops were killed, according to a tally by

From Information Clearing House


Afghanistan Strategy Undermined by McChrystal


McChrystal Past, Present and Future?


Germans question involvement in Afghanistan

Los Angeles Times


Omid Nouripour’s effort to keep German troops in Afghanistan is an uphill battle, and he knows it. Not only must the Berlin lawmaker fight his country’s aversion to an increasingly bloody war once billed as a peacekeeping effort, but he must buck his own Green Party’s antiwar platform...

Let McChrystal bring the troops home

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger


We really shouldn’t let the furor over President Obama’s firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal cause us to lose focus on three important points regarding Afghanistan: The U.S. government should never have invaded and occupied the country in the first place, it should have exited the country years ago, and continuing the occupation for any period of time whatsoever is the height of immorality and folly...

Now what?

by Fred Kaplan


McChrystal is out, Petraeus is in. Civilian authority is reasserted, with no real compromise to the military mission. Good news, masterfully played. Now what? Or, to put it more crudely, so what?

The mythology surrounding Petraeus’s surge in Iraq will keep us trapped in Afghanistan

by Joshua Holland


The United States is stalled in a hopeless conflict in Afghanistan in large part because its foreign policy establishment, aided by an often-vacuous media, has come to believe its own spin about General David Petraeus’ ’success’ turning around the occupation in Iraq. The fact that Iraq remains a shattered country with an active insurgency seven years after the United States invaded — and that any improvement in security was due to developments on the ground that were unique to the country — hasn’t shaken their faith. That the Iraq surge was a success is almost a universally held belief, despite ample evidence to the contrary. That belief lends unearned weight to Petraeus’ counter-insurgency doctrine, known as COIN...

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