The Pentagon’s public relations machine is working overtime these days trying to sell a theme of "progress" in Afghanistan to push back against calls to end the war. The message machine behind this push is gargantuan, costing $547 million and employing more than 27,000 people. But, as our latest Rethink Afghanistan video shows, all that [...]
|By: Derrick Crowe Thursday September 2, 2010 5:55 pm|
|By: Derrick Crowe Sunday August 15, 2010 9:32 am|
General Petraeus’ media blitz is just getting started. We’ve got to push our media–hard–to ask real questions and prevent easily disproved spin from polluting the debate. Petraeus wants to change public opinion, and he’s spending your money to sell you a brutal, futile war that’s not making us safer. If you’re tired of this kind of manipulation, join the tens of thousands of other people working to end this war with Rethink Afghanistan.
|By: Derrick Crowe Tuesday August 10, 2010 12:05 pm|
The new United Nations report on civilian casualties in Afghanistan shows that the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is failing, even according to the military’s own doctrine. According to COIN theory, if you can’t prevent your own side from killing civilians, and you can’t offer credible assurances of security to the population, you lose. And, guess what? Judged by its own standards, the U.S. military is losing. It’s time to end this mission.
|By: Josh Mull Monday July 26, 2010 9:00 am|
According to intelligence reports, Pakistan Army and ISI, their spy service, are directly involved with supporting, plotting, and carrying out attacks on American soldiers.
|By: Derrick Crowe Wednesday July 14, 2010 7:00 am|
The Afghanistan Rights Monitor’s (ARM) mid-year report on Civilian Casualties of Conflict (pdf) blasts the happy-talk coming out of the Obama Administration about the deteriorating security situation and its effect on civilians.
|By: Josh Mull Wednesday June 16, 2010 4:55 pm|
Senate Republicans criticized President Obama’s decision to begin withdrawing from Afghanistan in July 2011, claiming it sends the wrong message to our allies. But is this really accurate?
|By: Derrick Crowe Wednesday March 10, 2010 12:00 pm|
According to the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, U.S. and Allied forces have killed and injured more civilians than have the insurgents during Operation Moshtarak. Incredibly, the Pentagon continues to insist that this operation "protects the people." AIHRC’s Feb. 23 press release reports [h/t Josh Mull, our new Afghanistan blog fellow]: "AIHRC is concerned at [...]
|By: GregoriusU Thursday September 10, 2009 7:10 am|
There was no misconduct in the US search of a civilian Swedish charity hospital in Afghanistan–we didn’t kill anyone–we just tied up staff and visitors and kicked in doors–but we asked permission first!