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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.

War has become the norm and "our world has become so oblivious to it," says Tom Engelhardt. “There’s a mindset that goes with American war making, and it’s a very narrow one.”

Nation Editor and Publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel tells Ed Schultz that McChrystal's departure gives Obama an opening for changing the trajectory of the American presence in Afghanistan. 

Security for key US military supply routes in Afghanistan is in the hands of a small group of powerful Afghan warlords who may be paying off the Taliban, finds a Congressional report being released Tuesday.

 A provocative exploration of what Americans can't see in their war zones--but think they can.

What the mayor of one community hard hit by war spending is doing.

Liz Cheney's witch hunt against lawyers who represented Guantánamo detainees is a new low.

Only 65 members of the House voted with Kucincich to force withdrawal from the Afghan war.  The outcome makes the anti-war forces appear weaker than they are, and appearances do matter.

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For the first time since the Vietnam War, mayors are calling for ending wars and redirecting funds to services at home.

June 21, 2011

Republicans waxing dovish as Obama nears Afghan decision.

June 15, 2011

Progressives launch drive to get Democratic senators to reshape national priorities—cut the military-industrial complex, support “Medicare for All.”

May 31, 2011

President Obama is looking for a good reason to leave Afghanistan, and $113 billion a year could be it.

May 31, 2011

The American experiment was founded on the principle that "permanent war" was to be avoided, as it posed the greatest threat to liberty. This Memorial Day, Americans should recommit to that wise premise.

May 29, 2011

Underway for months, the talks are aimed at starting what will be a long process toward a political settlement of the war.

May 17, 2011

And other important observations from a German resident of Kandahar.

May 16, 2011

The first Republican presidential debate featured clear calls from two candidates to respond to the death of Osama bin Laden by exiting Afghanistan.

May 6, 2011

The Obama administration suggests bin Laden's death could accelerate peace talks with the Taliban.

May 4, 2011

The Senate's number-two Democrat wonders why the United States is sending troops to die in an unwinnable war. How many other legislators will follow?

May 3, 2011