Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Afghanistan Issues Heating Up While The Republicans Are Up To The S.O.S.

Afghanistan Issues Heating Up While The Republicans Are Up To The S.O.S.



"The action I am taking is no more than a radical measure to hasten the explosion of truth and justice. I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul. Let them dare, then, to bring me before a court of law and let the enquiry take place in broad daylight!"

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I Told You So!

Let's Rethink Military Escalation in Afghanistan Before It's Too Late

Why is our government sending an additional 30,000 US soldiers to Afghanistan? So far, not even members of the Obama administration seem able to answer this question. Last week, The Nation's Robert Dreyfuss had a chance to ask Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen why they're pushing to double our troop presence in Afghanistan. Both Gates and Mullen said that while they're thinking about the war in Afghanistan in terms of a 3-5 year time frame, their immediate goals are unclear. What's more, a final decision has not been made yet to commit those additional brigades.


Like Dreyfuss says, the fact that a final decision hasn't been made is key, because it opens the door slightly for a much-needed public debate about what 30,000 more soldiers can possibly achieve. Some of the big questions that must be addressed include whether those extra troops alone will be able to secure a lasting peace for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the United States? That seems highly unlikely, considering each military operation targeting insurgents--like the one yesterday that killed 15 militants and 16 innocent civilians (including two women and three children)--only fans the flame of Afghan fury toward the United States.


Just as important, we must ask how are we planning to pay for this escalation, considering our economic crisis at home and the fact that so much of this war has been paid with borrowed money. And is committing tens of thousands more troops really the best way to help a war-torn nation with 40 percent unemployment and some 5 million people living below the poverty line? Proponents of escalation like Karin von Hippel, an Afghanistan expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, suggest that 30,000 more troops will make a psychological impact. But wouldn't a more profound psychological impact come from to sending humanitarian aid, creating jobs, and getting Afghanistan away from what Secretary of State Clinton recently called a "narco state?"




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Holder Confirmation Won't End Torture Questions


By DEVLIN BARRETT – 52 minutes ago


WASHINGTON (AP) — Eric Holder likely will soon be confirmed as the next attorney general, but it won't stop questions about whether government officials or agents should be prosecuted for harsh interrogations.


The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote later Wednesday to recommend confirming Holder, who would become the first African-American to serve as the nation's top law enforcement official if approved by the full Senate.


A significant number of Republicans are expected to support his nomination, and Holder could be confirmed as early as Thursday.


One of the unresolved issues of Holder's confirmation is whether CIA officers or other government officials should face criminal investigation for harsh interrogation techniques like waterboarding. In testimony at his confirmation hearing, Holder said that waterboarding is torture.


That declaration opens the door for another potential showdown between Republicans and Democrats on whether the Obama administration will seek to prosecute U.S. intelligence officials for past interrogations during the Bush administration.


The CIA used the waterboarding tactic on at least three terrorism suspects, included alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.


Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas has unsuccessfully sought Holder's assurances that intelligence officers will not be prosecuted.


President Barack Obama has said he wants to look forward, not backward, and Holder made the same argument in his Senate testimony. But he has not made the kind of specific commitment that Cornyn sought.


Robert Turner, a professor at the University of Virginia specializing in national security law, said while he strongly opposes waterboarding, he doesn't think the government should prosecute U.S. officers.


"On balance, I just don't see anything good coming out of that kind of an investigation," said Turner. "The worst thing would be a partisan investigation and that's what I would expect."


Cornyn and other Republicans may get a chance to press the issue again when the committee considers the nomination of Dawn Johnsen to head the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department.


It was that office which, during the Bush administration, issued key legal opinions giving the green light to harsh interrogation techniques and detention of terror suspects.


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