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The administration became so distracted with the Iraq war that it cooled in its efforts to diminish the Afghani drug trade.
By Barney Frank | August 30, 2006
A WAR is missing. Sadly, it is not missing from the physical location in which it is taking place, and people continue to die as it is waged. But it has largely disappeared from our national debate, and that debate has been sorely distorted as a consequence.
Missions in Iraq, Afghanistan straining Army, a study warns
Troop reductions foreseen as relief
By Robert Burns, Associated Press | January 25, 2006
WASHINGTON -- Stretched by frequent troop rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army has become a ''thin green line" that could snap unless relief comes soon, according to a study for the Pentagon.
Just before Obama's election, the Globe went after Bush one more time:
the White House had "for years resisted calls by members of both parties" do more in Afghanistan.
WARS are usually traceable to a failure of statecraft. In the case of the current Israeli assault on the Hamas regime in Gaza, that failure belongs not only to the leadership of Israel and Hamas, but, most tellingly, to the serial blunders of President Bush.
Obama has an enormous cleanup task ahead of him; he cannot put off for a single day the work of peacemaking and rehabilitation in the Mideast.
"Our peace-promising president inherited a losing hand from his predecessor."
WASHINGTON—Former President Bill Clinton says he believes President Barack Obama is wise to step back and rethink U.S. policy in Afghanistan before approving the dispatch of additional U.S. troops there.
McChrystal Says He's Talked With Obama Once Since Taking Afghanistan Command
The disclosure that the president and his top Afghanistan commander have talked just once added to concerns that the administration is waiting too long to deal with a request for more troops.
WASHINGTON—A senior Republican congressman said Wednesday that President Barack Obama was endangering U.S. troops in Afghanistan by spending time weighing his next move in Afghanistan. The White House called the lawmaker's comment a "bunch of game playing."