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The US military's reinvented counterinsurgency turns out to be the same old brutal game.

WIth the latest diplomatic cables dump from WikiLeaks sending waves throughout the political and media worlds, the organization's activities are raising questions such as, is releasing all this information gratuitous, even irresponsible? Or is it a valuable public service?

At each stop of his visit to Asia, Obama has bumped up against the limits of American economic and diplomatic clout in the new Asian world order.

According to Scahill, foreign policy isn't that different today from what it was during the Bush years—if anything, Obama has increased secrecy around issues like torture and targeted killings abroad, and has expanded the power of government to spy on US citizens.

On October 7, 2010, the Afghanistan War entered its 10th year. It's time to rethink this brutal, futile conflict.

Pundits are pushing aid to Pakistan because it's good PR. Does anyone really think that if US helicopters drop water bottles in the south of Pakistan it will cancel the hatred for US drones in the north?

"The idea that Obama is making good on a campaign promise to end the war is playing with words,” says The Nation's Jeremy Scahill.

What WikiLeaks did was brilliant journalism, and the bleating critics from the president on down are revealing just how low a regard they have for the truth.

Blogs

As the Obama administration increasingly embraces a Cold War mentality in its dealings with Putin's Russa, Nation contributing editor Stephen Cohen asks, where are the dissenting voices?

April 23, 2014

Obama wants the security accord, but Karzai says he supports Russia's annexation of Crimea.

March 31, 2014

After all, no country in the world can match our bloody record for overthrowing foreign governments. 

March 31, 2014

Disaster relief has increasingly become part of the justification for increased US troop deployments in the Asia-Pacific region.

March 14, 2014

Obama finally started making plans to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan, and members of Congress are speaking up. 

February 26, 2014

As the human rights situation has deteriorated, US military aid has ramped up.

February 19, 2014

A new security agreement could keep US troops in Afghanistan indefinitely.

February 6, 2014

The United States is still involved in Iraq, though more quietly.

February 6, 2014

A new play by George Brant brings home the human costs of America’s remote killing machine.

January 14, 2014

Chuck Hagel's paeans to “political reform” in the Gulf must have sounded strange to political prisoners in repressive Bahrain, where he delivered his remarks.

January 13, 2014