Why Washington Can’t Stop

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The Coming Era of Tiny Wars and Micro-Conflicts  by Tom Engelhardt via Tom Dispatch In terms of pure projectable power, there’s never been anything like it.  Its military has divided the world — the whole planet — into six “commands.”  Its… Continue Reading  

AfPak Insider Dissects Obama’s Policy Missteps

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by Robert E. Hunter Publication this month of Vali Nasr’s The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat, could not have been better timed. The US and the NATO allies are in the process of disengaging from Afghanistan — however… Continue Reading  

Afghanistan Faces “Massive Economic Constriction” after U.S. Withdrawal

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by Richard Sale via IPS News Next year’s drawdown of U.S. forces and decline in U.S. aid will leave in its wake an Afghan political system lacking legitimacy and stability, according to interviews with Afghanistan experts, news reports and congressional… Continue Reading  

Afghanistan: How to Wind Down

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by Henry Precht Two US service members were killed and at least eight others injured Monday in an insider attack at a Special Forces site in Afghanistan. The Taliban asserted responsibility. This incident would seem to nullify President Hamid Karzai’s… Continue Reading  

Afghanistan “far from ready to assume responsibility for security” for 2014 withdrawal

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By Paul Mutter The International Crisis Group has issued a report strongly critical of the expectations being advanced by US policymakers that Afghanistan will be “stable” enough by 2014 for a handover of national security to Kabul: A repeat of previous… Continue Reading