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June 30, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Foreign policy: Republicans need to contribute instead

Republicans seem to have one mission: to thwart President Obama, no matter the issue or his position on it. Columnist Nicholas Kristof is correct in describing foreign policy as a minefield [“Obama’s weakness, or ours?” Opinion, June 26]. Many of the positions or arguments the U.S. used in the past are no longer…

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Comments | More in Foreign policy | Topics: Afghanistan, dick cheney, iraq

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

August 22, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Robert Bales faces survivors of his rampage

Justice for victims I am sickened, and ashamed, that we are seeing this murderer trying to get a lesser sentence for the murder of 16 unarmed people, including women and children. [“Bales faces survivors of his Afghan rampage,” page one, Aug. 21.] Looking at his smug face, knowing that there is a tape of him laughing about…

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Comments | More in Middle East, military, Politics | Topics: Afghanistan, killing, military

June 17, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Sgt. Robert Bales convicted in deaths of Afghan civilians

Guest column had good points Right on! [“Guest Column: Many share responsibility for civilian deaths, Sgt. Bales,” Opinion, June 15.] Thank goodness he had the courage to point out the obvious: 1. Multiple tours are immoral and 2. Institute the draft and find out how quickly these immoral “wars” would end once our kids were jerked out of…

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Comments | Topics: Afghanistan, drone warfare, posts-traumatic stress disorder

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