Category Archives: Afghanistan

Thank You, Veterans

I wrote this on November 11, and then before I could get a thumbs-up from certain people to post it, life intervened. So, it’s a little late, but still worth saying. As GB Stern said, silent gratitude isn’t much use … Continue reading

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If we policed the U.S. the way we do Afghanistan

A blessed rerun this week so that your humble hostess may recharge her batteries. Unfortunately, this one is just as relevant than ever.
A couple commenters on Daily Kos have argued that I am comparing apples and oranges by placing military action in a police scenario. To which I replied:
I am aware that the rules of [...] Continue reading

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This is what war looks like: leaked footage of Iraquis and Reuters employees being massacred

From a US Army press release, July 13, 2007: Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, and the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, both operating in eastern Baghdad under the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, along with … Continue reading

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Proposal to pay for the Afghan War

Some leading Democrats have been proposing that the Afghanistan war, like Health Care, should be deficit-neutral. The tax applies to all Americans earning $30,000 or more (although there are exemptions for “anyone who has served in Iraq or Afghanistan since … Continue reading

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Enough of "Behind the Veil" Already!

Krista at Muslimah Media Watch, in the first of a series reviewing the Globe and Mail’s “Behind the Veil” series (about about women in Kandahar, Afghanistan), begins by objecting to the title: They could not have come up with a … Continue reading

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Afghanistan, Another 9-11 and American Elections

At Obsidian Wings, Eric Martin discusses how the recent, blatantly fraudulent Afghanistan election effects the prospects of U.S. success there. Due to the complexity and tenacity of the multi-layered, multi-faceted conflict that we are seeking to address as an outside … Continue reading

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The Pakistani People Are Our Friends? Really?

Back in February, Dave Kilcullen said this in his testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: All this suggests that the most appropriate diplomatic strategy is to identify, within Pakistan, our friends and allies (civilian democratic political leaders, some officials, … Continue reading

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Afghanistan Reading

I’ve been reading about the US presence in Afghanistan — this weekend in particular, with the election going on, it’s been on my mind. Over the years I’ve read a lot about the human rights situation in Afghanistan, especially for … Continue reading

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Afghanistan passes brutally misogynistic law, taking away women's rights

Top photo: Afghan women protest an earlier version of this law, in April 2009, from the New York Times. Second photo, also from April: Hazara women in Europe protest the Afghan law. From Hazaritan Times. From Human Rights Watch: “Karzai … Continue reading

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Killing Afghan Civilians Is Bad Because It Hurts Our PR Strategy

Or at least, that’s what the major US media seems to believe. From FAIR: Early reports of a massive U.S. attack on civilians in western Afghanistan last week (5/5/09) hewed to a familiar corporate media formula, stressing official U.S. denials … Continue reading

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