Afghanistan Articles

Civilization and Barbarism

ADVANCE EDITORIAL from the April 29, 2013 issue.
9:30 AM, Apr 19, 2013

And now, what’s going to happen to us without barbarians?
They were, those people, a kind of solution.

How many times in the last century have these concluding lines of C. P. Cavafy’s famous 1898 poem, “Waiting for the Barbarians,” been quoted? How many modern intellectuals have pondered the subversive implications of that sophisticated question? 

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White House Won't Rule Out American 'Terrorism' in Afghanistan

12:23 PM, Apr 17, 2013

White House spokesman Jay Carney was asked at today's press briefing, in the context of the Boston bombings, whether U.S. bombings in Afghanistan last month that killed civilians were "terrorism." Carney gave a long answer, but never says "no."

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Story of American Diplomat's Death in Afghanistan Changes

8:37 AM, Apr 12, 2013

State Department employee Anne Smedinghoff was killed in Afghanistan last weekend. At first reports suggested the young diplomat was part of an armed convoy that was bombed, but new reports say that she was actually on foot. And that the group she was with got lost on its way to deliver books.

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A Better Afghanistan

Will require a better president.
Apr 01, 2013

Terror Against Hazara Muslim Minority in Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan

6:31 AM, Mar 19, 2013

Who are the Hazaras and why are they marked for annihilation in Pakistan? Two frightful terror bombings, taking 185 lives and wounding hundreds more, were reported from the city of Quetta, near the border with Afghanistan, and the capital of Pakistan’s Baluchistan province, in the first two months of 2013. They were followed by a similar massacre in Karachi, Pakistan’s main port, in March. Prominent Hazara individuals have been assassinated in Karachi and Lahore. And the ordeal of the Hazaras is hardly new.

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Cotton to Conservatives: Peace Through Strength

10:19 AM, Mar 14, 2013

As conservatives wrestle with the question of their movement’s commitment to national security, one young war veteran made the case for a strong national defense and Ronald Reagan’s entreaty that America pursue “peace through strength.” Speaking Thursday morning at CPAC, freshman congressman Tom Cotton of Arkansas tried directly to appeal to those conservatives wary and weary of American wars against radical Islamic terrorists. 

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The Afghan Endgame

Feb 25, 2013

President Obama’s decision to withdraw another 34,000 troops from Afghanistan over the course of the next year is unwise. It greatly increases the risk of mission failure in that important conflict, jeopardizing gains already made in the Taliban heartland in the south and compromising the ability of Afghan and coalition forces to finish the fight against the Haqqani Network in the east. It also increases the risk that al Qaeda will be able to reestablish itself in limited safe havens in Afghanistan over time.

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State Sends $18.2 Million to Fight Opium in Afghanistan

8:41 AM, Feb 15, 2013

The State Department this week announced more than $18 million in awards to provincial governments in Afghanistan in the fight against the illicit opium industry in that country.

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Rand Paul, Foreign Policy Polonius

TWS contributing editors weigh in.
2:03 PM, Feb 08, 2013

Two contributing editors to THE WEEKLY STANDARD analyzed Kentucky senator Ron Paul's foreign policy address earlier this week. First, Robert Kagan writes in the Washington Post:

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Biden: Obama 'Doesn’t Want to Go' to Iraq and Afghanistan

9:04 AM, Feb 02, 2013

At the Munich Security Conference today, Vice President Joe Biden revealed that President Barack Obama "doesn't want to go" to Iraq and Afghanistan. The audience laughed. 

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Biden: Obama 'Sends Me Mostly to Afghanistan and Iraq' Because I'm VP

"I think we’re in the very good shape in terms of our so-called fiscal crisis."
11:43 AM, Feb 01, 2013

In Germany for the Munich Security Conference, Vice President Joe Biden sounded relieved. "It’s a delight to be back in Germany," he said. "I -- the President, since I’m the Vice President, sends me mostly to Afghanistan and Iraq.  It’s a pleasure to be back in Germany.  And it’s a pleasure to see you again."

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The Foolishness of Women in Combat Units

11:47 AM, Jan 25, 2013

A young Marine infantry officer, a combat veteran of Afghanistan writes:

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Obama Gives Shout Out to 'Comrades in Arms'

To those Americans serving in Afghanistan.
7:40 AM, Jan 22, 2013

President Barack Obama gave a shout out last night at an Inaugural ball to our "comrades in arms" in Afghanistan. After hearing from troops in Afghanistan through a video a satellite, the commander in chief said, "I can tell you that you've got a room full of patriots here.  And although I've got to admit that they're a little spiffied up right now -- their heart and soul, their dedication, their sense of duty is at one with every single one of the folks who are in Kandahar right now."

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Fox News Sunday Panel on Afghanistan, Chuck Hagel, and Guns

8:36 AM, Jan 14, 2013

Bill Kristol, with Brit Hume, Bob Woodward, and Evan Bayh, yesterday on Fox News:

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Obama: U.S. Has Fallen 'Short of the Ideal' in Afghanistan

2:38 PM, Jan 11, 2013

In remarks with Afghan president Hamid Karzai at the White House this afternoon, President Barack Obama said the U.S. has fallen "short of the ideal" in Afghanistan:

"So, you know, I think that, have we achieved everything that some might have imagined us achieving in the best of scenarios? Probably not. You know, there's a human enterprise, and you know, you fall short of the ideal," said Obama.

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Abandoning Afghanistan

Dec 31, 2012

When Senator Barack Obama was running for president back in 2008, he accused the Bush administration, his opponent Senator John McCain, and their supporters of taking their eyes off the ball by fighting a war in Iraq and ignoring the “necessary war”—the war in Afghanistan. Well, four short years later, by Obama’s lights, Afghanistan is no longer the necessary war but a war to be ignored, a war to be “ended” regardless of the strategic consequences of doing so precipitously.

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A Conversation With Jake Tapper About The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor

10:40 AM, Dec 17, 2012

ABC’s White House correspondent, Jake Tapper, is known in some circles as a contentious or even difficult reporter. In others, he’s hailed as perhaps the most objective journalist covering the president, more willing than most of his colleagues to push Obama and his aides with questions that are likely to make the administration uncomfortable. His new book is far from the White House, situated in a U.S. military base in a deep valley in Afghanistan close to the Pakistani border where American troops have been dispatched—or as it appears, stranded—to take on the Taliban.

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Marine Double-Amputee 'Humiliated' on Delta Flight

4:45 PM, Dec 14, 2012

Marine Lance Corporal Christian Brown is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, who lost both of his legs and a part of a Marine Lance Corporal Christian Brown is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, who lost both of his legs and a part of a finger after stepping on an explosive device in the war-torn Helmand Province last year. The Washington Post reportsthat on Sunday, Brown was treated poorly on a D

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68,000 Remember

9:34 AM, Dec 05, 2012

The Spirit of America announces the launch of the 68,000 Remember campaign:

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Homage to an Administration

Nov 26, 2012

The gratitude of every home in our island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the world war by their prowess and by their devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
—Winston Churchill, tribute to the Royal Air Force,
House of Commons, August 20, 1940

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Why Does Afghanistan Matter to Americans?

9:55 AM, Nov 18, 2012

New Hampshire Republican senator Kelly Ayotte asks General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., why Afghanistan matters. Watch Dunford's response here:

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President Obama, Stop in Jerusalem

10:42 PM, Nov 15, 2012

President Obama heads abroad Saturday for a four-day visit to Thailand, Burma, and Cambodia. One assumes the president was going to add on to this trip a visit U.S. troops in Afghanistan, which would certainly be the fitting and proper thing to do.

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Islamist Rivals Eyeing Afghan Future As Anti-Sufi Terror Continues in Pakistan

12:55 PM, Nov 15, 2012

With Barack Obama’s reelection, withdrawal of U.S. and other NATO combat troops from Afghanistan in 2014—except for trainers of an Afghan national army—remains high on his agenda. The leading rival Islamic powers, Saudi Arabia and Iran, are meanwhile competing for future influence over the mountainous Central Asian country.

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Romney Passed the Test

12:45 AM, Oct 23, 2012

Mitt Romney’s aim was to present himself with the demeanor and grasp of foreign and national security issues of a president of the United States. He succeeded. President Obama sought to make Romney appear unqualified to be president and commander in chief. He failed. And that was the story of the third and final presidential debate.

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Reminder: Biden Supported Iraq War in 2002

10:11 AM, Oct 13, 2012

It's been acknowledged that Vice President Biden's criticism of Paul Ryan in Thursday night's debate for the Wisconsin congressman's support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan rings hollow, since Biden, when he was a senator from Delaware, also voted for the wars. Here's what Biden said Thursday:

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Biden Insinuates He Didn't Vote for Afghanistan, Iraq Wars

9:35 PM, Oct 11, 2012

In the Thursday night vice presidential debate, Vice President Joe Biden criticized Congressman Paul Ryan for voting to "put two wars"--those in Afghanistan and Iraq--"on a credit card." But as the Washington Free Beacon points out, Biden's suggestion that he didn't vote for those wars is simply false:

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Retreater in Chief

Oct 01, 2012

Things are getting ugly in Afghanistan. Taliban insurgents somehow managed to penetrate the coalition’s main base in Helmand Province, Camp Bastion, and blow up six Marine Corps Harrier jump jets and damage two others, making this the greatest single-day loss of American warplanes since the Vietnam war. (The Harrier squadron commander, Lt. Col. Christopher Raible, was killed in the attack.) Another Taliban suicide bomber struck in Kabul, killing a dozen people, including contract workers for the U.S. embassy.

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Biden Misstates Number of Fallen Heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan

11:41 AM, Sep 30, 2012

Yesterday, speaking at a campaign event in Florida, Vice President Joe Biden said, "I ask every day, what's the exact number of the fallen angels -- not generally, not an estimate, the exact number -- because for every one of those women or men, it has transformed a family, a family we owe. And thus far, as of today, there are 6,437 fallen heroes, 49,871 visibly wounded, and tens of thousands of invisible wounds -- posttraumatic stress, traumati

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‘Ending Our War on Schedule’

10:19 AM, Sep 25, 2012

President Obama's address at the United Nations was at times eloquently aspirational, and for the most part conventionally unobjectionable. But there was one sentence that gave away the fundamental lack of seriousness of the Obama worldview: "We have begun a transition in Afghanistan, and America and our allies will end our war on schedule in 2014."

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