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Leaks fuel doubts over failing Afghan war

Leaks fuel doubts over failing Afghan war

The Obama administration scrambled on Monday to manage the explosive leak of secret military records that paint a grim picture of the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan and raise new doubts about key ally Pakistan. The release of some 91,000 classified documents is likely to fuel uncertainty in the Congress about the unpopular war as President […]

Blowback starts over documents leak

Blowback starts over documents leak

Intelligence officials, past and present, are raising concerns that the WikiLeaks.org revelations could endanger U.S. counterterror networks in the Afghan region, and damage information sharing with U.S. allies. People in Afghanistan or Pakistan who have worked with American intelligence agents or the military against the Taliban or al-Qaida may be at risk following the disclosure […]

Pakistan backed Taliban

Pakistan backed Taliban

U.S. officials in Afghanistan strongly suspected Pakistan was secretly supporting the Taliban while taking massive amounts of American aid, military reports leaked on Sunday show, raising new questions about President Barack Obama’s war strategy. The White House responded immediately with a strong condemnation of the disclosures by the organization WikiLeaks, saying it could threaten national […]

Obama’s only choice

Obama’s only choice

President Barack Obama had little choice. Already weakened by the seemingly insolvable Gulf oil spill and his party’s dicey prospects in the coming congressional election, Obama could not afford to give his Afghanistan commander a pass for his inflammatory public words. In essence, Gen. Stanley McChrystal fired himself. It fell to Obama to make the […]

Patraeus choice is popular

Patraeus choice is popular

America’s Afghan and international allies embraced the choice of Gen. David Petraeus to run the war in Afghanistan, hoping the architect of the Iraq surge will seamlessly pursue the strategy laid down by his predecessor and smooth over divisions that led to his dismissal. By naming Petraeus, President Barack Obama managed to replace Gen. Stanley […]

Obama to Americans: Remember real reason for Memorial Day

Obama to Americans: Remember real reason for Memorial Day

President Barack Obama is asking Americans to observe Memorial Day not just with barbecues and family time but by remembering and honoring the U.S. troops who have lost their lives in service. Obama, who has sent thousands of troops into war in Afghanistan, used his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday to reflect on what […]

Obama, at West Point, repudiates Bush’s failed foreign policy

Obama, at West Point, repudiates Bush’s failed foreign policy

The U.S. must shape a world order as reliant on the force of diplomacy as on the might of its military to lead, President Barack Obama said Saturday as he outlined a foreign policy vision that repudiated the go-it-alone approach forged by his predecessor, George W. Bush. Addressing nearly 1,000 graduating cadets at the U.S. […]

Gates to military: Curb runaway spending

Gates to military: Curb runaway spending

Defense Secretary Robert Gates told the U.S. military on Saturday it must rein in spending that he called out of sync with today’s tough economic times, and said budget woes could be a factor in deciding whether to use force against Iran and others. Promising to play a hands-on role in wringing out savings, Gates […]

Iraq U.S. war deaths stand at 4,397

Iraq U.S. war deaths stand at 4,397

As of Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at least 4,397 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes nine military civilians killed in action. At least 3,484 military personnel died as a result of hostile action, according to […]