There has been some coverage in recent weeks of the wrangling between Presidents Obama and Karzai over the terms that surround the exit of American combat forces from Afghanistan next year, but the details are lost on the average American...Show More Summary
Yeezus wept. Well, he pouted anyway. (Screencap via SaturdayNightOnline) Everyone in show business, stop calling yourselves soldiers, okay? Tom Cruise compared himself being on a movie set to being deployed in Afghanistan, and he got...Show More Summary
With 196 nations in the world and U.S. troops already in at least 177 of them, there aren’t all that many available to make war against. Yet it looks like both Syria and Iran will be spared any major Western assault for the moment. Could this become a trend? Is peace on the horizon? Are celebrations of Nelson Mandela’s nonviolence sincere?
Tom Cruise got a lot of shit when he merely appeared to compare his job as an entertainer with the hardships endured by a soldier in Afghanistan. But when Kanye unequivicoally made that same exact comparison, he was mostly left to his own mania. Read more...
I have previously written about the waste of billions of dollars by the government without any significant discipline for government officials. We have become accustomed to reports of unimaginable corruption and waste in Afghanistan from bags of money delivered to President Karzai to constructing huge buildings to be immediately torn down to buying aircraft that […]
There was an interesting and disturbing moment in a hearing this week on Afghanistan before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Appearing for the Administration to answer questions on the costs and status of the war were James F. Dobbins, State’s special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan; Donald Sampler, assistant to the administrator, U.S. Agency for […]
Last month, I collected reports from voters across the United States who had trouble casting a ballot because of the growing number of strict voter identification laws. When Ben Granger, an Air Force captain who was deployed during the...Show More Summary
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — Tooryalai Wesa was sitting in his office just three months after starting his new job as governor of Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan when he heard the deafening noise of rockets and bombs exploding nearby.
By DAVID SWANSON With 196 nations in the world and U.S. troops already in at least 177 of them, there aren’t all that many available to make war against. Yet it looks like both Syria and Iran will be spared any major Western assault for the moment. Could this become a trend? Is peace on […]
As part of the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Afghanistan, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R., Calif.) asked three top officials two simple questions: How many Americans have died in Afghanistan this year? And how much is the war costing the U.S.? Awkward excuses and befuddled silence greeted him in return. Show More Summary
On Wednesday, three of what the Wall Street Journal describes as “the Obama Administration’s top Afghanistan specialists” trudged into the House Foreign Affairs Committee chambers, where they were flummoxed by a question from Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA). Show More Summary
CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - The husband of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has returned home from an 11-month deployment with the U.S. National Guard in Afghanistan where he trained farmers to grow crops other than poppies, which are use...
AFGHANISTAN: TIME TO LEAVE M. Speaker. The time has come for our military to leave Afghanistan. Afghan President Karzai's refusal to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement should be the last straw in putting an end to what has becomeShow More Summary
(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Afghanistan’s intelligence agency says a large bomb has accidentally gone off inside a weapons depot in downtown Kabul. No one was hurt in the explosion. Gen. Farid Shamal, deputy spokesman for the National Directorate of Security, says the bomb was part of a weapons cache that was seized from insurgents. Show More Summary
A soldier who had his arm blown off by a grenade in Afghanistan has become the first person in the UK to receive a mind-controlled prosthetic limb.
This is pretty effing cool. Every September, the Estonian contingent of ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) holds a charity shoot aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Taking place every Sunday during September, this is the second annual Charity Shoot. Show More Summary
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The City of Oakland has agreed to pay $645,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a U.S. veteran of the war in Afghanistan who was injured during a confrontation with police at an Occupy protest two years ago, a city official said...
Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R., Calif.) had a simple question Wednesday for three of the Obama administration’s top Afghanistan specialists: How many American troops have been killed in Afghanistan this year? None of the witnesses at the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Afghanistan had an answer...
Women's rights have come a long way in Afghanistan over the last decade, but a Human Rights Watch researcher sees disturbing signs that the bad old days are poised to return as the US military exits. Violence against women has spiked in the last year, conservative lawmakers want to bring...