Get Rethink Afghanistan Updates
Join us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Twitter Get E-Mail Updates
Costs of War
by National Priorities Project | May 6 2009
Seven years ago, the “global war on terror” began in Afghanistan as a military response to the September 11 attacks. In March 2003, the United States also invaded Iraq... Read on (pdf)
by Jo Comerford, | April 7 2009
As taxes come due on April 15, taxpayers can take stock of how the federal government spent each 2008 income tax dollar: 37.3 cents went towards military-related spending... Read on
by Jo Comerford, National Priorities Study | April 7 2009
The War in Afghanistan has cost U.S. Tax payers $172 billion to date, with a request for roughly $13.4 billion to fund the war through the remainder of Fiscal year 2009 expected in March or April. This brings the total cost through FY 2009 to $185.1 billion... Read on (pdf)
by Pratap Chatterjee, Tom Dispatch | April 7 2009
Want a billion dollars in development aid? If you happen to live in Afghanistan, the two quickest ways to attract attention and so aid from the U.S. authorities are: Taliban attacks or a flourishing opium trade... Read on
by Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation | March 30 2009
The General Accounting Office, at least, is still using the phrase "Global War on Terrorism," when it adds up how much the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and related matters are costing us. Their latest report... Read on
by Thom Shanker, New York Times | March 18 2009
President Obama and his advisers have decided to significantly expand Afghanistan’s security forces in the hope that a much larger professional army and national police force could fill a void left... Read on
by Jeralyn, TalkLeft | March 27 2009
The Washington Post reports the current cost of the war in Afghanistan is $2 billion a month. Under the plan Obama will announce today, the cost will increase 60% this year... Read on
by dcrowe, Daily Kos | April 1 2009
Counterinsurgency will require expenditures that damage our economy at a time when the U.S. can least afford it.... Read on
by Steve Hynd, Newshoggers | March 18 2009
It's apparently a taboo subject - no-one wants to talk about how much a COIN war in Afghanistan will cost or even how long it will last. Conservatives simply don't want to "lose" and don't seem to care about the costs... Read on
by Andrew Bacevich, U.S. News & World Report | Feb. 23 2009
More than seven years after 9/11, the global war on terrorism—in Pentagon parlance, the Long War—is entering a new phase. Attention is now shifting back to Afghanistan, with President Obama... Read on
Military Escalation
by Jeremy Scahill, The Nation | June 24 2009
In 2001 Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold famously and courageously stood up as the lone senator to vote against the Patriot Act. On July 21 he did it again, casting the lone vote... Read on
by Anne Miller, truthout | April 14 2009
Today, President Obama announced the deployment of 17,000 additional US troops to Afghanistan. Two decades and two days after the Soviet army... Read on
by Steve Breyman, CounterPunch | Oct. 21 2009
Both presidential candidates support more troops, money, and materiel for the war in Afghanistan. The assumption behind the recommendation is that it’s been President Bush's... Read on
by Katrin Vanden Heuvel, The Nation | Feb. 17 2009
Today, President Obama announced the deployment of 17,000 additional US troops to Afghanistan. Two decades and two days after the Soviet army... Read on
by Rep. Neil Abercrombie, | Feb. 9 2009
Afghanistan has been called “the right war”; “a war we can win”; “the war we should have been fighting all along.” This should set off loud alarms because it suggests that military victory in Afghanistan will be nearly automatic... Read on
by The Nation | Feb. 6 2009
President Barack Obama has wisely ordered an internal review of the administration’s options in Afghanistan before proceeding with the current plan to send 30,000 more troops... Read on
by Fred Kaplan, | Feb. 5 2009
Not long ago, Afghanistan was known as "the good war." Now some are calling it "Obama's Vietnam." Both tags exaggerate. Across hundreds of years of sorrowful history, no war in Afghanistan has ever been good... Read on
by Noah Shactman, Wired | Feb. 9 2009
As the U.S. mulls a major escalation of the war effort in Afghanistan, it's also looking to dramatically expand the American embassy in Kabul... Read on
by Correlli Barnet, Daily Mail | July 11 2009
Yesterday came the truly tragic news that eight of our young soldiers had been killed in a single Taliban ambush. We had already lost seven men in as many days... Read on
by dcrowe, Return Good for Evil | July 21 2009
To their credit, the folks over at the Brookings Institution have become one of the first mainstream think tanks to recognize the horrendously indiscriminate nature of drone attacks in Pakistan... Read on
by Rory Stewart, London Review | July 9 2009
We are accustomed to seeing Afghans through bars, or smeared windows, or the sight of a rifle: turbaned men carrying rockets, praying in unison, or lying in pools of blood; boys squabbling in an empty swimming-pool... Read on
by Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation | Dec. 3 2008
President-elect Barack Obama says that Afghanistan is "the right war." "It's time to heed the call from General [David] McKiernan and others for more troops,"... Read on
by Andrew Bacevich, Newsweek | Dec. 31 2008
In Afghanistan today, the United States and its allies are using the wrong means to vigorously pursue the wrong mission. Persisting on the present course—as both John McCain and Barack Obama... Read on
Oversight Hearings
by Tom Hayden, Talking Points Memo | March 9 2009
President Obama is about to complete his Afghanistan review, and already has proposed $144 billion for Iraq/Afghanistan in FY2009, $130 in FY2010, and $50 billion as a place marker for FY2011 and beyond... Read on
by Robert Naiman, | March 10 2009
A progressive Presidency is a terrible thing to waste. It only comes around once every so often. Wouldn't it be a shame if Americans' hopes for the Obama Administration were squandered in Afghanistan?... Read on
by Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect | Sept. 26 2006
When Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson became vice president in 1961, he persuaded his protégé and successor... Read on
by William Howell & Jon Pevehouse, Real Clear
Politics | Sept. 12 2007
For most of George W. Bush's tenure, political observers have lambasted Congress for failing to fulfill its basic foreign policy obligations... Read on
History of War
by Tom Engelhardt, Tom Dispatch | March 10 2009
How come they get to be the hawks? And we get to be the doves? A hawk is a noble bird. A dove. Well, basically it's a pigeon. The sort of bird that, in New York City anyway, messes your building's window sills, is always underfoot, and, along with the city's rats, makes a hearty lunch for the red-tailed hawks which now populate our parks... Read on
by Tom Engelhardt, Tom Dispatch | Feb. 5 2009
It is now a commonplace -- as a lead article in the New York Times's Week in Review pointed out recently -- that Afghanistan is "the graveyard of empires."... Read on
by Anand Gopal, Tom Dispatch | Oct. 9 2008
In a 1998 interview with Le Nouvel Observateur, Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, spoke proudly of how, in July 1979... Read on
by Tom Hayden, The Huffington Post | Jan. 29 2009
My friend Bob Mulholland, a disabled Vietnam veteran and political officer of California's Democratic Party, has rolled out the relevant maps which reveal the staggering scope of the emerging Afghanistan/Pakistan War:... Read on
Understanding Afghanistan
by Laura Dean, Huffington Post | July 30, 2009
The Feminist Majority Foundation and the Afghan Women's Mission are locked in a bitter controversy over what's best for the women of Afghanistan... Read on
by Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation | July 21, 2009
Earlier this year, I challenged the notion put forth by some feminists and human rights groups that a US military presence in Afghanistan is both justified and necessary in order to protect Afghan women and girls... Read on
by Gilles Dorronsoro, Carnegie Endowment | June 2009
The Taliban’s clear strategy and increasingly coherent organization have put the International Coalition on the defensive, marginalized the local Afghan government, and given the Taliban control of southern and eastern Afghanistan... Read on
by Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation | March 9 2009
Way back in September, 2001, in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, there were few cool heads in the United States, a country bent on bloodthirsty revenge and intent on launching a War on Terror... Read on
by Mary Louise Kelly, NPR | March 11 2009
In Afghanistan, the security situation is bad and getting worse, according to the head of the Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency. Lt. Gen. Michael Maples told Congress on Tuesday that the number of insurgent attacks more than doubled last year, with "increases in suicide bombings, the use of improvised explosive devices and small-arms attacks.".. Read on
by Steve Coll, The New Yorker | Feb. 10 2009
There is a lot of bad news in the poll of Afghan public opinion released yesterday by ABC News, the BBC, and ARD. More of those surveyed now regard the United States unfavorably (fifty-two per cent)... Read on
by Katrina Vanden Heuvel, The Nation | Jan. 8 2009
President-elect Barack Obama not only had the good judgment to oppose the war in Iraq, he argued for the need "to end the mindset that took us into" that war... Read on
by Robert Creamer, The Huffington Post | Feb. 23 2009
I just returned from Jordan where I attended a seminar on Islam and American Foreign Policy. What struck me most is that the more you talk to leaders from the Muslim... Read on
Become a Peacemaker

Bronze Telly Award
For general questions, email us here.
For technical issues regarding this site, contact us here.


For Press inquiries, please contact Kim at:

Director: Robert Greenwald - Executive Director: Jim Miller - Producer: Jason Zaro - Associate Producer: Dallas Dunn, Jonathan Kim, and Kim Huynh - Researcher: Greg Wishnev - Editor: Phillip Cruess - Political Director: Leighton Woodhouse - VP Marketing & Distribution: Laura Beatty - Production Assistant: Monique Hairston

Anyone is allowed to post content on this site, but Brave New Foundation 501(c)(3) is not responsible for that content. We will, however, remove anything unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, racist, or that contains other material that would violate the law. By posting you agree to this.

Brave New Foundation | 10510 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232