Wednesday, December 2, 2009

  • More War: Obama Unveils Plan to Send 30,000 More Troops to Afghanistan

    Obama-address

    President Obama announced Tuesday night that he would send an additional 30,000 US troops to Afghanistan in the coming months, bringing the total number of American troops occupying Afghanistan to nearly 100,000. Describing the war as "not just America’s war," Obama vowed to start bringing the troops back home by the middle of 2011. [includes rush transcript]

  • Rep. Kucinich on Afghanistan War: "We’re Acting Like a Latter Day Version of the Roman Empire"

    Kucinich-web

    As President Obama unveils his plan to escalate the war in Afghanistan, we speak with Ohio Congress member Dennis Kucinich. "The United States is going deeper and deeper into debt," says Kucinich. "We have money for Wall Street and money for war, but we don’t have money for work...for healthcare. We have to start asking ourselves, why is it that war is a priority, but the basic needs of the people of this country are not?" [includes rush transcript]

  • Vietnam Vet, Scholar Andrew Bacevich on Obama War Plan: "The President Has Drawn the Wrong Lessons from His Understanding of the History of War"

    Bacevich-web

    Andrew Bacevich, a retired colonel and a Vietnam War veteran who spent twenty-three years in the US Army, responds to President Obama’s plan to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. Bacevich is a professor of history and international relations at Boston University and the author of The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. [includes rush transcript]

  • Nir Rosen: "We Managed to Make the Taliban Look Good"

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    Nir Rosen, independent journalist and fellow at the NYU Center on Law and Security, responds to President Obama decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan. Rosen has covered both Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003. His latest articles cover the current state of the US occupations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. [includes rush transcript]