Stabilization of Afghanistan: The Little Engine That Couldn’t

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by Diana Ohlbaum “Between 2001 and 2017, U.S. government efforts to stabilize insecure and contested areas in Afghanistan mostly failed.” Those are not my words. They’re not from some partisan pundit or ideological crusader. It’s the conclusion reached by the… Continue Reading  

World to Refugees: Go to Hell

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by John Feffer It’s a famous story, though perhaps not famous enough. The 1939 voyage of the MS St. Louis, a German ocean liner, was recounted in a 1974 book and a 1976 film (both titled Voyage of the Damned) as well… Continue Reading  

The War in Afghanistan is Killing More People Than Ever

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by Edward Hunt Seventeen years into the war in Afghanistan, the longest war in U.S. history, violence has never been worse. In 2017, more than 20,000 Afghans died, a new record. The dead include an estimated 10,000 Afghan security forces,… Continue Reading  

Wrong on Nam, Wrong on Terror

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by Danny Sjursen Vietnam: it’s always there. Looming in the past, informing American futures. A 50-year-old war, once labeled the longest in our history, is still alive and well and still being refought by one group of Americans: the military… Continue Reading  

Assessing the Afghan War

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by Derek Davison The office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) released its quarterly report on the progress of the War in Afghanistan this week, accompanied by a disturbing note from its head, John Sopko: This quarter,… Continue Reading