Donald Trump, the Hawk, Follows His Instincts

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by Charles Davis “My original instinct was to pull out,” he said. “And historically, I like following my instincts.” That was U.S. President Donald Trump, talking about Afghanistan, announcing on Aug. 21 that he was prepared to deploy thousands more… Continue Reading  

Worsening Relations between Iran and Afghanistan?

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by Fatemeh Aman According to The New York Times, Iran is sending weapons on helicopters to help the Taliban destabilize Afghanistan. Iran is sabotaging Afghan markets to promote Iranian goods, stealing Afghanistan’s water, attempting to bomb Afghan dams, and even… Continue Reading  

Mulligans and Mercenaries in Afghanistan

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by John Feffer Donald Trump loves to play golf. So far, he has teed off twice as many times as Barack Obama had at the same point in his term. Indeed, Trump has spent as much as 20 percent of his presidency at various… Continue Reading  

Why Feinberg and Prince Are Offensive

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by David Isenberg According to a July 10 New York Times article, Steve Bannon has relied on advice from Erik Prince, co-founder of storied private security firm Blackwater, and Stephen A. Feinberg, a private equity billionaire financier who owns the… Continue Reading  

The Folly of the Next Afghan “Surge”

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by Danny Sjursen We walked in a single file. Not because it was tactically sound. It wasn’t — at least according to standard infantry doctrine. Patrolling southern Afghanistan in column formation limited maneuverability, made it difficult to mass fire, and… Continue Reading