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'Mistaken' Deaths
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

The American military claimed responsibility and expressed regret for an airstrike that mistakenly killed six members of a family in southwestern Afghanistan, Afghan and American military officials confirmed M ...

National Day of Prayer Marked with Prayer... and Protest
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

President Obama issued his annual proclamation on Monday, making special mention of prayers for the military as befitted his surprise visit to Afghanistan.   As reported by  C ...

Joe Scarborough on President Obama's Afghanistan Speech: "The Neocons Won"
Originally Posted: 05/02/2012 - 12:48pm | Type: Blog

From  Joe Scarborough's  Politico  blog last night: The takeaway of President Obama's speech tonight is simple. The neocons won, the troops lost and the endless war grinds on in a land that humbled the Soviet Union, the British Empir ...

VIDEO: Obama's Surprise Visit to Afghanistan Tuesday
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 8:19pm | Type: Blog

Watch videos of President Obama's surprise visit to Afghanistan today and read the transcript of his address to the American people tonight inside the blog. Below are several ...

Update: Obama in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

Presidents Obama and Karzai have signed in Kabul a strategic partnership agreement between the two countries. The Associated Press reports: “The partnership spells out the U.S. relationship with Afghanistan beyond 2014, covering security, e ...

Breaking: President Obama in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama landed in Afghanistan this afternoon on an unannounced trip. He will meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and sign a strategic partnership agreement pledging U.S. support for Afghanis ...

The Lesson of History
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

The analogy with Tet is not exact, but the lesson from history is worth heeding. An indigenous insurgency, with safe haven in another country, fighting an occupation force and a government it has installed, wi ...

Afghanistan Massacre Shows War Has Failed
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

After weeks of tumultuous upheaval, the slaying allegedly by a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant is just the most recent incident undermining U.S. objectives to win hearts and minds. Frankly, that mission has long been ...

Violence Makes Losers of Us All
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

If you were walking down the street and a stranger approached you and punched you in the face what would you want to do in that moment? Sure, this is an odd hypothetical situation, but really, answer the quest ...

16 More Lives and the Full Cost of War
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

There is no way to measure the loss for the families of the victims, no way to understand the harm done to peace process in the country and no way to calculate the additional deaths of Americans, Afghans and o ...

Quran Burning at U.S.-run Military Base: 'Tailor-made' for Taliban
Originally Posted: 02/29/2012 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The Taliban is attempting to capitalize on the outbreak of violence that followed the inadvertent burning of a Quran by NATO troops by characterizing the war as a conflict between infidels and Islam, analysts ...

Anthony Shadid, 1968-2012
Originally Posted: 02/20/2012 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

When you read the news as much as I do, you learn which bylines to look for if you want the most comprehensive and well-written coverage of a story. Mr. Shadid was one of those correspondents. ...

America Deserves the Truth
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 6:00pm | Type: Blog

U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Davis, during his second tour in Afghanistan last year, traveled throughout the country, meeting with and interviewing American troops. He came away convinced that military ...

Military Chaplains Heed Call to Serve God and Country
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 12:37pm | Type: Blog

"God, I think, had better plans for me," Balbale said, looking back. And so it is for a number of military chaplains who, by twists of fate or perhaps divine Providence, found their calling to become ...

Cold: From Maine to Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 02/05/2012 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

While the mid-Atlantic basks in higher than normal temperatures, it isn’t like that everywhere. Two stories from The New York Times on the struggle for warmth. While the mid-Atla ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Feb. 1, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/01/2012 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

THE HUFFINGTON POST: Searching For The Common Good In Political Discourse In a political campaign among contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, it is striking that one central Christian religious theme seems absent: the theme of the ...

About Those So-Called "Honor Killings" in Canada
Originally Posted: 02/01/2012 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

A jury on Sunday found three members of an Afghan family guilty of killing three teenage sisters and another woman in what the judge described as "cold-blooded, shameful murders" resulting from a &qu ...

2012 State of the Union Address: The Complete Text
Originally Posted: 01/25/2012 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

No one built this country on their own. This nation is great because we built it together. This nation is great because we worked as a team. This nation is great because we get each other’s backs. And if we ho ...

Afternoon News Bytes: Jan. 24, 2012
Originally Posted: 01/24/2012 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

At 9pm ET, President Barack Obama will address a joint session on Congress to give them information on the State of the Union. THE WASHINGTON POST: Obama To Take On Economic Anxiety In Election-Year State Of The Union, Amid GOP Attacks ...

"Helping One is Better than Helping None"
Originally Posted: 01/24/2012 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

“I've never felt compelled to step out of the reporter's role to help someone this way. This time, with this person, I did,” Watson says. “Roya is an extraordinary young woman, the daughter of a fath ...

Assessing the Afghanistan War
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 9:01pm | Type: Blog

Over the past few days, news sources have reported on a new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Afghanistan delivered to the White House in December. NIEs represent the consensus view of the CIA and 15 oth ...

GOP Primaries and Old Country Buffet
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

If the GOP primaries were like Old Country Buffet, I’d be happy. Think about it. There wouldn’t be so much money involved and we could pick only the stuff we liked and ignore the rest. ...

The Afternoon News: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/13/2011 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 THE HUFFINGTON POST: Occupy Movement : Winning? As the police have been dismantling some Occupy encampments around the country and ...

The Afternoon News: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 6:06pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 THE HUFFINGTON POST: Rowan Williams Says Jesus Would Be Siding With Occupy Movement Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams says ...

The Morning News: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 CNN: Obama Channels Roosevelt's 'New Nationalism' More than a century after Teddy Roosevelt's famous "New ...

The Morning News: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2011 ABC NEWS: Religion Powerful Force In 2012 Race Religion and politics may not always mix well together, but that’s not the case for Re ...

Bring the Troops Home
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

President Obama’s announced plan has U.S. troops leaving Afghanistan by the end of 2014. The American people, and now the U.S. Senate want them home sooner. As we watch the last U.S. troops leaving Iraq, there ...

The Morning News: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 NPR: Coptics Fear Islamists Will Sweep Egypt Elections Many Coptic Christians in Alexandria are eying Egypt's first free parlia ...

A Real Tribute for Veterans? Increase Their Benefits.
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

Can we hope that in all the flowery speeches that will be given today by politicians, hailing veterans as heroes who served their country, they will pledge to increase rather than cut benefits? That would a fi ...

Be A Good Neighbor to a Veteran
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

You might call yourself a pacifist, a just-war theorist, a pragmatist, a dove or a hawk but today (and every day), you should be a good neighbor to a veteran. The other week duri ...

Armistice Day/Veteran's Day: 11/11/11
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

I say if we are to truly honor veterans, we ought to remember and honor Armistice Day with the hope that we can bring an end to violent conflict within and between nations. Befor ...

Listening to Veterans
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 5:16am | Type: Blog

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The Morning Sojo: November 7, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/07/2011 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

A round-up of recent Op-Ed columns from the mainstream media. A round-up of recent Op-Ed columns from the mainstream media. Susan Straight , an author whose nove ...

A Peacemakers Litany
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

Gracious Lord, Gracious Lord, We dream of a world free of poverty and oppression, we yearn for a world free of vengeance and violence, and a nation -- America -- that ...

Just Back from Kabul
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

During interviews with more than a dozen Afghan women leaders, researchers, international aid workers and former Afghan government officials, we learned of persistent dangers and threats to the country's ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Romney's Mormonism To Be A Bigger Issue In The General Election, Say Evangelicals (includes comments from Jim Wallis) Romney's Mormonism To Be A Bigger Issue In The Ge ...

It's Finally Over -- and It Was Wrong
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

My son Jack was born just days before the war in Iraq began. So, for these last eight and a half years, it's been very easy for me to remember how long this horrible conflict has been going on. ...

News: Quick Links 2
Originally Posted: 10/27/2011 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

American Exceptionalism Will Dominate The 21st Century American Exceptionalism Will Dominate The 21st Century American Exceptionalism has routinely been underestimated by Am ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Occupy America: A new great awakening Occupy America: A new great awakening Starting with Occupy Wall Street, protests have spread across the United States wit ...

#Occupy D.C., October 6, 2011
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Produced by Cathleen Falsani for Sojourners/God's Politics Photos by Heather Wilson and Carrie Adams/Sojourners Music by Jason Harrod (used with express permission from the artist) ...

Praying for Peace and Looking for Jesus at #OccupyWallStreet
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Friday marks the 10th anniversary of the United States' invasion of Afghanistan. Friday marks the 10th anniversary of the United States' invasion of Afghanistan. In ...

A Decade of War (and Football)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

Let’s face it — while lawmakers are picking their own battles in Washington, they aren’t fighting on the ground in Afghanistan. Not to date myself, but I was in middle ...

WAR NO MORE
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:16am | Type: Blog

This Friday, October 7, 2011, marks 10 years since the United States invaded Afghanistan in the name of the "War on Terror." Sadly, this summer President Obama announced he'll continue our milit ...

WAR NO MORE
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

TEN YEARS. THOUSANDS OF LIVES. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. TEN YEARS. THOUSANDS OF LIVES. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. Next Friday, October 7, 2011, marks 10 ye ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Aide: Obama faces 'titanic struggle' in 2012 Aide: Obama faces 'titanic struggle' in 2012 President Obama and aides are bracing for a tough re-el ...

50 Years of Peace Corps, 10 Years of War
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

As the Peace Corps celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, it is time to take stock and commit to making it bigger, better and bolder. As one of four members of the House who volunteered, I answered f ...

Obama's Remembrance: 9/11/11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama spent Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, by visiting each of the attack sites in New York City, Washington, ...

This Week in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

? U.S. troops on the front line believe that the war will go on for another 10 years after they leave. ? An audit shows that the surge of U.S. civilian advisers has cost nearly $2 billion. ...

Let's Hold Glenn Beck to His Pledge of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

On his radio show last week, Glenn Beck read a vow of nonviolence, which he said he'd been working on for about a year, and pleaded his followers to take it as well. On his ...

Our Dark Night
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

They say at some point in their lives great leaders experience a "dark night of the soul," or a period in life when your feet, knees, and face scrape and stick to the proverbial bottom. ...