Posts Tagged ‘afghanistan’

UK Independent – WikiLeaks puts all its US cables online, unredacted, over 250,000

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

The cables were published in batches, sorted by country, including 34,687 relating to Iraq, 29,431 from China, 19,714 from Afghanistan, 13,209 from Pakistan and 6,732 from Cuba.

Rasmussen — 37% Support President’s Plan for Afghanistan, 38% Oppose

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

The good news for President Obama is that 53% of voters nationwide support his plan to send another 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. Nearly as many (47%) support his plan to begin withdrawing troops from that war-torn country in 18 months. But the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 20% of voters agree with both parts of the plan.

UK Guardian: With underfunded, ill-equipped British troops struggling in Afghanistan, now is the time for European defense co-operation

Sunday, July 12th, 2009


It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Labour’s much-praised defence review of 1998 never contemplated an Iraq and an Afghanistan simultaneously. In military language it envisaged one “relatively short war – fighting deployment” and one “enduring non-war-fighting operation”. Instead we have had two long hot wars, one of which, Afghanistan, has every sign of “enduring” for a long time to come. Iraq may to all intents and purposes be over, but as the death toll inexorably rises Afghanistan makes the assumptions of 1998 invalid.

WSJ: The decline of military veterans in Congress, White House

Monday, June 1st, 2009


Certainly the number of Washington decision-makers with military experience continues to decline. In its profile of the Congress that convened at the beginning of the year, the Congressional Research Service notes that it continues a long-term slide in the number of lawmakers in Washington who have served in the military:

“In the 111th Congress there are 121 Members who have served in the military, five less than in the 110th Congress. The House has 96 veterans (including two Delegates); the Senate 25. These Members served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War,
Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kosovo, as well as during times of peace. Some have served in the Reserves and the National Guard. Several Members are still serving as Reservists. As noted above, one Senator is a former Secretary of the Navy.

“The number of veterans in the 111th Congress reflects the trend of a steady decline in the number of Members who have served in the military. For example, there were 298 veterans (240 Representatives, 58 Senators) in the 96th Congress (1979-1981); and 398 veterans (329 Representatives, 69 Senators) in the 91st Congress (1969-1971).”

Ron Paul against more troops in Afghanistan

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Video at RCP.