What's Next in Afghanistan?
When Barack Obama ordered the surge of 30,000 troops into Afghanistan in 2009, he stipulated that a withdrawal would begin in July 2011 and continue until completion by 2014. What remains to be determined is how many troops will come home and what the pace of future withdrawal will be.
IPS's Phyllis Bennis debated Retired Army Lt. Col. John Nagl, president of the Center for a New American Security and Brian Katulis, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress on the future of U.S. policy in Afghanistan.
Justice or Vengeance?
May 2, 2011 - In the midst of the Arab Spring, which directly rejects al-Qaeda-style small-group violence in favor of mass-based, society-wide mobilization and non-violent protest to challenge dictatorship and corruption, does the killing of Osama bin Laden represent ultimate justice, or even an end to the "unfinished business" of 9/11? By Phyllis Bennis, published in Red Pepper Magazine and Truthout
U.K. Sends Troops into Libya as International Coalition Expands Mission to Include Regime Change
April 19, 2011 - As NATO continues its campaign against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s forces and to their attacks on Libyan civilians, Great Britain announced today it will send military officers to advise rebels fighters. By Phyllis Bennis
Response to Juan Cole On Libya
April 1, 2011 - With the military intervention underway, our job now is to make sure it does not escalate into full-scale invasion, and to try to end it as soon as possible. And then to work as hard as we can to support the efforts to consolidate and expand the extraordinary accomplishments of the uprisings of the 2011 Arab Spring, in Libya and the rest of the region. By Phyllis Bennis
Obama's Speech on Libya: Leaving Too Many Questions Unanswered
March 29, 2011 - The attention to military engagement in Libya drowns out the call for negotiations, for accountability, and even for a ceasefire. By Phyllis Bennis
Attack on Libya May Unleash a Long War
March 28, 2011 - Libyan protesters asked for help, but the military attacks they're getting may actually create a whole new set of problems that could last a very long time. By Phyllis Bennis, published in Common Dreams and The Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times