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CUNY Students Confront David Petraeus on First Day

CUNY Students Confront David Petraeus on First Day
CUNY students accosted Retired General David Petraeus on his first day at the university demanding answers to his actions during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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Inspector General: $50 Million Contract with Afghanis Lacks Oversight Says

Inspector General: $50 Million Contract with Afghanis Lacks Oversight Says
A contract award made to an organization to promote the rule of law in Afghanistan does not appear to contain basic provisions that would allow the State Department to ensure proper oversight of a project expected to cost U.S. taxpayers $50 million, federal inspectors said Thursday.
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Four Years Ago Obama Promised to Investigate Afghan Massacre. Has Anything Happened Since?

Four Years Ago Obama Promised to Investigate Afghan Massacre. Has Anything Happened Since?
In his first year in office, President Barack Obama pledged to “collect the facts” on the death of hundreds, possibly thousands, of Taliban prisoners of war at the hands of U.S.-allied Afghan forces in late 2001. Almost four years later, there’s no sign of progress.
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Army Soldier to Admit Massacre of 16 Afghan Villagers

Army Soldier to Admit Massacre of 16 Afghan Villagers
The Army staff sergeant charged with slaughtering 16 villagers during one of the worst atrocities of the Afghanistan war has agreed to plead guilty in a deal to avoid the death penalty, his attorney told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
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A Liberal's Defense of Drones

A Liberal's Defense of Drones
Civil liberties and justice are important values of America, and I do not believe in government becoming drunk on power or a president acting as king. However, President Obama and his defense team have done neither.
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King: I Have a Dream. Obama: I Have a Drone.

King: I Have a Dream. Obama: I Have a Drone.
President Obama has not ignored Martin Luther King’s anti-war legacy. On the contrary, the President has gone out of his way to distort and belittle it.
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How a Government Report Spread a Questionable Claim About Iran

How a Government Report Spread a Questionable Claim About Iran
Several media outlets reported in January on an alarming finding from a new U.S. government study: Iran’s intelligence ministry, as CNN put it, constitutes “a terror and assassination force 30,000 strong.” We inquired with six Iran experts, and none knew of any evidence for the figure. Some said it might be in the ballpark while others questioned its plausibility.
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Panetta: US and Allied Forces Have Turned the Tide in Afghanistan

Panetta said the international military coalition has managed to reverse a five-year trend of growing violence. And he said Afghan forces are on track to take the lead for securing the entire country next year.
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