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The Afghanistan quagmire: Time for an exit strategy

Two weeks ago, President Obama announced that the US will draw down its troops in Afghanistan from 9,800 to 8,400, altering his original plan to reduce the number to 5,500.


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If Afghan lives mattered, Dallas lives would matter

The man who murdered police officers in Dallas had earlier been employed in a massive operation, that has killed many thousands in Afghanistan.


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End the real War on Christmas: War

Wars stop us from practicing good will, they hamper peace on earth and they deny life itself. So let’s do the festive thing and end the real war on Christmas: War itself.


Iran: A bad deal?

If you’re a Republican, you’re supposed to think without reflection that the Iran deal is a bad deal, because. And of course if you’re a Democrat, it’s a good deal, automatically, you know, because.


President Obama on the end of combat mission in Afghanistan

Statement by President Obama on Sunday on the end of the combat mission in Afghanistan.


Democrats: Too fat, too happy, doomed?

Republicans have been imploding for 15 years as their moderate and Tea Party wings have engaged in open warfare against each other. Looks like Democrats are about to do the same, with the centrist and liberal-progressive wings ready to claw each other to death.


Warner, Kaine hail wins for Virginia in congressional defense bill

U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced that the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 has cleared a key Senate hurdle and will now advance to a vote on final passage.


State Department security operative to speak at Bridgewater College Dec. 1

Bridgewater College alumnus Douglas Allison’s security and law enforcement career with the United States Department of State places him at important spots in history.


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President Obama, Defense Secretary Hagel comment on Hagel’s resignation

About a year ago, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was visiting our troops in the Republic of Korea thanking them for their service and answering their questions.


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Tim Kaine statement on Chuck Hagel resignation

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement today on Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s decision to step down.


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Tim Kaine concludes trip to India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Qatar

U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Angus King have returned from a nine-day visit across the Middle East and South Asia that included stops in India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Qatar.


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Tim Kaine, Angus King meet with leaders in Qatar

Capping a nine-day visit across the region that included stops in India,Afghanistan, and Pakistan, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Angus King traveled to Qatar, where they met with Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani and visited Al Udeid Air Base.


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Tim Kaine, Angus King talk security with officials in Pakistan

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was in Pakistan October 12-14 to meet with U.S. Embassy officials as well as high-level Pakistani officials.


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Tim Kaine meets with Afghanistan president

U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Angus King were in Afghanistan the past two days visit with U.S. troops and U.S. Embassy personnel, as well as meet the leaders of the new Afghan government.


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Tim Kaine on Afghanistan political, security transitions

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern, South and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement today on Afghanistan’s political and security transitions.


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Soldier honors his ancestor for 150th anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park is pleased to announce the donation of a reprint of the historic painting “The Battle of Cedar Creek” by Julian Scott.


Ellis Paul comes to Court Square Theater on Friday

Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters. Though some may refer to him as a folksinger, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller.


Remarks by President Obama at 9/11 Memorial

Remarks by President Obama at 9/11 Memorial ceremony at the Pentagon.


Peace Action responds to Obama’s ISIL plan

In response to President Obama’s speech on dealing with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Peace Action, the largest peace group in the U.S. made the following statements.


Remarks of President Obama on military action with ISIL

My fellow Americans – tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.


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What the CIA is Trying to Hide

Beginning in the 1990s, and accelerating after September 11, the CIA flew terrorism suspects to secret police custody in Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, and Libya.


Chris Graham: America as police state

The police response in Ferguson has not yet reached its nadir; that much is painfully obvious after watching the live news reports Monday night.


Analysis: What does U.S. have to gain, lose in Gaza?

The first rule of wars on terror: you can’t win a war on terror. Though as we’re seeing yet again in Gaza, it’s not that the aim of a war on terror is to win the war on terror.


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President Obama on new Veterans Affairs nominee

I know how deeply you care about our veterans. Many of you are veterans yourselves — veterans serving veterans. You help them transition to civilian life, go to college, buy their first home, start a new business.


Kaine intrpduces Senate resolution to honor post-9/11 vets

A bipartisan Senate resolution will encourage American communities to plan activities for Veterans Day 2014 to honor all post-9/11 veterans.


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Tim Kaine: Statement on Obama’s West Point address

America is strongest when its military, economic, diplomatic, and moral example are balanced. I was pleased to hear the President articulate such an approach for continued U.S. engagement around the world in his commencement address at West Point today.


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President Obama: Statement on Afghanistan

As you know, this weekend, I traveled to Afghanistan to thank our men and women in uniform and our deployed civilians, on behalf of a grateful nation, for the extraordinary sacrifices they make on behalf of our security.


Poll: Americans want end to Afghanistan war

Despite polling that Americans think that the Afghanistan War was a mistake and is definitely not worth fighting, the Obama administration is poised to announce its plans to leave 9,800 troops and an unknown amount of contractors in the country after the end of this year.


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Kaine bill would continue, expand Afghan immigrant visa program

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine joined Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and John McCain (R-AZ) and Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) to introduce the bipartisan Afghan Allies Protection Extension Act.


Lt. Gov. Northam battles for Virginia’s National Guard

In preparation for today’s congressional hearing on proposed reductions to the National Guard, Lt. Gov. Ralph Norham sent a letter, in partnership with other lieutenant governors from throughout the country.


Bob Goodlatte: Holding the VA accountable

Recent reports of what can only be characterized as gross mismanagement within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are extremely alarming. We have heard claims of veterans waiting several months for treatment. Just a few days ago, information surfaced about the deaths of approximately 40 veterans who were waiting for treatment from a Phoenix VA facility.


General talks of storied Stonewall Brigade at Historical Society’s March 16 gathering

At the Spring Meeting of the Augusta County Historical Society, 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16, a Staunton native and former commander of the Stonewall Brigade will speak on the frequently honored fighting unit, and ongoing efforts to remember those who served.


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Randy Forbes: Proud to do it

“I love my country. I was proud to do it,” he said, the sun catching the Vietnam War Veteran pin clipped to his lapel as he walked away.


Staunton Senior Center Members Travel By Way of Fun, Interesting Programs

Staunton Senior Center members had the opportunity to explore destinations outside of the area through a program and an outing provided by the Center.


McDonnell visits troops in Kuwait, Afghanistan

Gov. Bob McDonnell has traveled to the Middle East as part of an official Department of Defense delegation visit to U.S. service members stationed in Kuwait and Afghanistan, including members of the Virginia National Guard


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. […]