Afghanistan

Senators to Obama: Get out of Afghanistan (Politico)

March 7, 2012

By Mike Zapler Some two dozen senators are trying to keep the heat on President Barack Obama to get out of Afghanistan. Twenty-one Democratic senators — along with Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont and two Republicans — used the debate of a transportation bill this week to point out that the American highway system could […]

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Fort Ethan Allen takes part in nationwide wreath event (Burlington Free Press)

December 10, 2011

By Lynn Monty Military personnel lined the snowy walkways at Fort Ethan Allen Cemetery in Colchester as wreaths were laid upon graves in remembrance of veteran sacrifices in the nationwide “Wreaths Across America, The Christmas They Never Had” observance held Saturday. The ceremony culminated with a moment of remembrance at noon. Gov. Peter Shumlin and […]

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War-Weary Republicans Rebuke Romney On Afghanistan (HuffPost Politics)

December 1, 2011

By Robert Naiman On Wednesday night, the Senate adopted by voice vote an amendment introduced by Oregon Democrat Jeff Merkley calling on President Obama to speed up U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan. This was a watershed event towards ending the war. The previous high water mark of Senators calling for expedited withdrawal was 27; the […]

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Senators Have Ideas for Cutting the Military Budget (HuffPost Politics)

November 30, 2011

By Robert Naiman You might not know it from national press reports, but there are plenty of Members of Congress of both political parties who think that cutting the military budget is a perfectly reasonable thing to do, and have concrete ideas for doing so. (The New York Times did note last week that the […]

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Sen. Merkley’s Harm Reduction Plan for Afghanistan Would Save Lives and Billions (HuffPost Politics)

November 21, 2011

By Robert Naiman If Senator Jeff Merkley’s “expedite the drawdown from Afghanistan” amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act makes a strong showing, that could tip the Obama administration towards a faster drawdown. That would likely save hundreds of American and Afghan lives — not to mention all the people who wouldn’t be physically and […]

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