Tag: Afghanistan


Chris Graham: If I were president

If I were president, and I was heading into the final debate of the 2012 cycle, which ostensibly focuses on foreign policy … here’s what I’d do: sound Republican.


Susan Shaer: A Mother’s Day message

Security. It’s something we all want and need. Especially mothers. It is also something that I, as many Americans, often take for granted

Center for Politics to host Afghan leaders

A delegation of government officials from Afghanistan will arrive at the U.Va. Center for Politics on Sunday, July 3 to begin a three-week session focused on foundational principles of democratic governance as well as citizen participation and civic engagement in a democratic society. This U.S.-Afghanistan Professional Partnership Program is part of the Center’s international outreach […]

Matthew Hoh: Time to bring the troops home from Afghanistan

As he was announcing his second increase in troops for Afghanistan in December 2009, President Obama promised that by July 2011 those troops would begin coming home. As relayed by Bob Woodward’s book, Obama’s Wars, we know the president was skeptical about the United States’ war effort in Afghanistan. In spite of that skepticism, the […]

Peace group raises issue with Obama Afghanistan move

President Obama’s announcement of a limited troop withdrawal from Afghanistan — America’s longest war — is bound to disappoint members of Congress and an electorate tired of the conflict. As has been reported, senior White House officials confirmed that the President plans to remove 10,000 troops by the end of this year and another 23,000 […]

Senators, generals urge large Afghanistan troop withdrawal

A bipartisan group of 27 U.S. senators sent a letter today to President Obama asking for a “sizable and sustained reduction of U.S. military forces in Afghanistan, beginning in July 2011.” Paul Kawika Martin, the political and policy director of Peace Action — a group founded in 1957 and the largest grassroots peace organization in […]

EMU grad missing, presumed dead following shooting incident in Afghanistan

An Eastern Mennonite University graduate working for Mennonite Central Committee in Afghanistan, Glen D. Lapp of Lancaster, Pa., is missing and presumed dead following a shooting incident in Afghanistan’s northeastern Badakhshan province. According to an MCC new release, Lapp, 40, was traveling with a medical team of four Afghans, six Americans, one Briton and one […]

Webb: ‘Clarity’ needed on Afghanistan strategy

U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., said this week during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing that, in its congressionally-mandated December report, Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan, the Obama administration “must provide us some clarity, not only as to specific programs, but as to what their policies are expected to accomplish in a larger […]

Marrow: Obama, Dems no better than GOP

   Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net See if you can guess who updated their Facebook status this way over the weekend. “A year later is has become abundantly clear that Obama and the dems are no better than bush and his republican sleaze. They are all corporate wh@#es, liars and thieves. The only difference is […]

Wrong way on Afghanistan

   Column by Eleanor LeCain Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net In March 2003, I traveled to Afghanistan to facilitate a leadership training for a group of Afghan women who were hoping to help lead their country away from the abyss that had been Taliban rule. Afghans I met – men and women – were grateful that […]

The Rant | The early ’90s, part two

   Video Essay by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The more things change, the more they actually don’t. Chris Graham started thinking about this while messing with his XM-Sirius radio today and noticing that music and culture for him seemed to come to an end around 1992. What else is similar to 1992 – well, a recession […]

Webb on Afghanistan: ‘How do we define our enemy?’

  Statement from U.S. Sen. Jim Webb www.webb.senate.gov I have great regard for the careful process employed by this administration in an effort both to define a new approach for the long-standing military commitment in Afghanistan and to put an operational framework in place for our responsible withdrawal. At the same time, I intend to […]

Focus | Webb discusses Afghanistan strategy

Raises questions about surge, withdrawal timeline Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net With AFP Audio U.S. Sen. Jim Webb has questions both about President Barack Obama’s planned Afghanistan troop surge and the goal set by the Obama administration to be able to begin drawing down troops from the Afghan theater in 2011. “My belief is that […]

The Rant | Getting it right on Afghanistan

  Video Essay by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The critics on U.S. policy on Afghanistan are out in droves. What the peaceniks and jingoists seem to be missing is a sense of the stakes at play here, AFP editor Chris Graham says in today’s edition of The Rant. Key message: You don’t play politics with international […]

Daily Rant | Dick Freakin’ Cheney? Seriously?

The former vice president is saying that President Obama is “afraid” to make key decisions on the war in Afghanistan, and that his indecision has hampered the efforts of U.S. troops and put at risk the mission in the Middle Eastern country. It’s been Obama’s war for eight months, while it was Cheney’s war for […]

More than ‘win the war’

I think we’re at a make-or-break point in Afghanistan, maybe past the make-or-break point. The Taliban and Al-Qaeda seemed to be gaining more and more of a foothold in the country the past couple of years, and we haven’t seen a reversal of momentum in the U.S. direction since the Obama administration took charge of […]

Webb talks with reporters on Afghanistan, immigration, health care

U.S. Sen. Jim Webb talks with reporters after a naturalization ceremony in Staunton on Monday on topics including U.S. policy in Afghanistan, immigration reform and health-care reform. Facebook Video. Length: 4:29.

Webb: Review of U.S. policies in Afghanistan must contain ‘clear and attainable objectives’

During two Senate hearings this week, Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., emphasized that the Obama administration’s review of U.S. policies in Afghanistan must contain clear and attainable objectives with a defined and understandable end point. He also cautioned against “strategic mission creep” and warned that the United States runs the risk of being perceived as an […]

AFP Video Blog – Feb. 6-8, 2009

– Rethink military escalation in Afghanistan. From Brave New Films. Length: 2:24. – Video from press conference announcing bipartisan agreement on restaurant smoking ban. From Governor.Virginia.gov. Length: 15:44. – House Republicans defeat antidiscrimination measure. From VaDemocrats.org. Length: 3:12.

David Reynolds: Sowing seeds

Column by David Reynolds Seventeen months ago a man named John came to town to sow some seeds. He was very down. At least in the polls. Few in that tough river town north of here gave him much of a chance. John was not only running out of money, he was letting staff go. […]