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The USA and Afghanistan: Forty Years of War and Still Counting

Matin Baraki OpenDemocracy
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo After thirty-nine years of war, we must seriously seek new ways to peace. It is time to let the conflict be resolved by Afghans, in Afghanistan, and in Afghanistan’s national interests. The following theses might serve as a basis for discussion.

U.S. Out of Everywhere - The case for an immediate withdrawal

Azadeh Shahshahani In These Times
The case for an immediate withdrawal from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. It is time to revive the anti-war movement in the U.S. in order to push the political establishment to abandon its imperialist policies and white-savior tendencies.

15 Years After the Iraq Invasion, What Are the Costs?

Stephanie Savell Other Words
We spend $32 million per hour on wars started during the Bush administration. The economic costs of the war on terror has cost Americans a staggering $5.6 trillion since 2001, when the U.S. invaded Afghanistan.

I Helped Sell the False Choice of War Once. It’s Happening Again. (Now with Iran)

Lawrence Wilkerson New York Times
Ex- Bush official confesses. President George W. Bush would have ordered the war even without United Nations support. "That led to a war that resulted in catastrophic losses for the region and the United States-led coalition, and that destabilized the entire Middle East". This should not be forgotten, since the Trump administration is using much the same playbook to create a false impression that war is the only way to address the threats posed by Iran.
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