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Category: Afghanistan
June 23, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl: Praise to Obama for bringing him home, but scorn for an endless war

Five more U.S. soldiers were killed in Afghanistan June 10 [“5 US troops killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan,” Nation & World, June 10]. They were killed by a NATO airstrike, so-called “friendly fire.” Who is to blame for these deaths? Certainly not Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who did not order U.S. troops into…

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Comments | More in Afghanistan | Topics: Afghanistan, Bowe Bergdahl, Gerry Condon

June 5, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Bowe Bergdahl’s release sets a bad precedent

Is a hero coming home or a deserter? It seems we can’t quite yet entirely be sure [“Officials: Threat to Bergdahl’s life led to action,” Nation & World, June 5]. Though, one would think, you better be when you’re prepared to trade a potent group of Taliban associates — each of whom would not…

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Comments | More in Afghanistan | Topics: Afghanistan, Bowe Bergdahl, Michael E. White

March 31, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Education in Afghanistan: Congress should do more to help children worldwide

Thank you for Lance Dickie’s excellent column about education in Afghanistan [“An educator’s optimism for Afghanistan,” Opinion, March 27]. I saw impressive figures from the BBC in the last month. It reports that there are currently 10.5 million kids in Afghan schools now, 42 percent of them girls. Where there were just 400 teachers…

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Comments | More in Afghanistan, Education | Topics: Afghanistan, Bob Dickerson, children

December 4, 2013 at 7:34 PM

It is futile to keep fighting in Afghanistan

Focus efforts on reducing national debt instead

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center right, speaks with Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean, center left, during a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council on Wednesday. NATO foreign ministers met their Russian counterpart on Wednesday to discuss, among other issues, the situation in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center right, speaks with Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean, center left, during a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council on Wednesday. NATO foreign ministers met their Russian counterpart on Wednesday to discuss, among other issues, the situation in Afghanistan.
(AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Your editorial couldn’t be more timely and overdue after 12 years of futile fighting and vast expenditures on the part of U.S. taxpayers [“Leave Afghanistan," Opinion, Nov. 29].

Your reasons cited for being against another “10 years of U.S. blood and treasure invested in that country” seem to be lost on our military, as well as on a significant number of congressional leaders.

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Comments | More in Afghanistan, Foreign policy | Topics: Afghanistan

September 2, 2013 at 7:29 AM

Recent military trials of mass murders

Similar cases, different outcomes If a Muslim (Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan) kills 13 adults, he is sentenced to death. [“Fort Hood shooter gets death,” News, Aug. 29.] But if a Christian (Sgt. Robert Bales) kills 16 civilians, some of them children, he is only sentenced to life in prison. [“Afghans decry Bales’ sentence,” page one,...

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Comments | More in Afghanistan, crime/justice, Foreign policy, Politics | Topics: Afghanistan, christian, fort hood

April 8, 2013 at 6:33 AM

The cost of war in Iraq, Afghanistan

United States should keep funding development for countries in need Indeed, the costs of foreign wars will keep mounting if the United States doesn’t do more to improve the lives of the poorest people around the world [“Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan could cost up to $6 trillion,” front page, March 31]. In countries suffering from weak institutions…

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Comments | More in Afghanistan, Iraq war

February 27, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Drone weapons lack precision

Shrapnel is dangerous Bill Distler is 100 percent correct in his description of the effects of shrapnel, “precision” and “effectiveness” of drones by our nation to fight “terrorists” [“Drone attacks are not precise,” Opinion, Feb. 25]. As a Vietnam veteran of the 4th Infantry Division myself, during 1967-68, I saw the effects of shrapnel. Although, I…

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Comments | More in Afghanistan, military | Topics: drone warfare, Drones

September 1, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Afghanistan: Should Obama bring troops home?

Sirota whiffs again on Afghanistan I always look forward to David Sirota’s columns on Sundays. He never ceases to amuse as he steps up to the editorial plate, swings and misses. The truly amusing part is not the whiff itself (I expect him to miss) but the extent of the whiff. One wonders if Sirota even…

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Comments | More in Afghanistan, Barack Obama administration, Bush administration, Federal government, Foreign policy, military, Politics

August 7, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Battle at Wanat: Is Army doing enough to review deaths of soldiers?

Army will learn from deaths of soldiers in Wanat battle On July 13, 2008, nine brave American soldiers died fighting courageously in a fierce battle in Wanat, Afghanistan. Our hearts go out to their families. From this tragic loss, we will learn; in addition to a formal commander’s inquiry conducted after the battle, two independent reviews…

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Comments | More in Afghanistan, Middle East, military

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