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Osama bin Laden

Bin Laden's death offers President Obama a chance to end the war in Afghanistan and to prevent one in Pakistan.

President Obama is on the verge of deciding how many troops to pull out of Afghanistan starting this July—and whether he'll pull them all out by December. His second term rests on his getting the US out of the war.

Now that Osama bin Laden is dead and Al Qaeda is scattered around the globe, does it really make sense to keep using over 100,000 U.S. troops to occupy Afghanistan and prop up a corrupt government?  Over a dozen members of Congress don’t think so.

President Barack Obama delivered a national address on Sunday, May 1 to explain the operation that led to Osama bin Laden's killing.

Will he risk multiple military quagmires or campaign on a pledge to pull troops out of Afghanistan and Pakistan and drones out of Pakistan and Libya?

How often do empires end well, really? They live vampirically by feeding off others until, sooner or later, they begin to feed on themselves, to suck their own blood, to hollow themselves out.

On the Libyan intervention, the question demands to be asked: Are we winning yet? And if not, why persist in an effort for which great pain is repaid with such little gain?

The critical issue before this nation today is not Libyan democracy; it is American democracy.

Blogs

The president continues a two-decade legacy of wrapping the military option in Iraq in humanitarian packaging.

August 8, 2014

Fifty years ago, Senators Wayne Morse and Ernest Gruening cast visionary votes against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and war in Southeast Asia.

August 7, 2014

Has the romanticization of American history allowed the resurgence of discriminatory practices in recent episodes of crisis?

July 30, 2014

Washington’s armchair generals are salivating at the world’s current turmoil, seeing a chance to rehabilitate themselves.

July 23, 2014

Democrats and Republicans warn of the perils of imagining there is a military "fix."

July 3, 2014

Instead of ignoring what the neo-cons have to say about the present crisis in Iraq, maybe we should do this...

June 24, 2014

US media are (finally) facing criticism for relying on the same horribly wrong sources that led us to war in Iraq in 2003.

June 22, 2014

Hint: not by bombing it.

June 17, 2014

Beset by infighting among militias and rampant arms trafficking, Libya in 2014 illustrates the dangers of Western military intervention.

June 10, 2014

The consequences of the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003 continue to play out.

June 10, 2014