Just over two months ago, a Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up at an entrance to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, killing
Six American troops are dead after a suicide bomber targeted a meeting near a United States airbase in Afghanistan.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
How can it be that the US, which so prides itself on its traditions of respect for the rule of law and human rights, simply turn a blind eye on this deep stain on its record without the resonance of hypocrisy? How can it revive its moral credibility?
Now, we can read a psychiatrist's report which includes, in detail, the torture enacted on just one prisoner of the United States, Shaker Aamer.
Don't hold your breath to read the summary anytime soon, or to access the full report: It's gonna be a wild ride.
It is a good outcome that Bales has been held accountable for his deadly attacks on Afghan civilians. But his crimes are not the only heinous incidents involving U.S. personnel to have occurred in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001.
Now back in the US, Romany Malco says he would happily go on another USO tour but he says that the experience in Afghanistan has changed him greatly.
There is now a flourishing black market in military hardware in Kabul, known by the locals as the Bush Bazaar.
Once again, the United States has officially handed over the keys to the Bagram detention center to the Afghans. Only just as with the previous agreement to do exactly the same thing, the U.S. military will actually not be handing over all of the detainees in its control.
To paraphrase the words of a visionary, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday we celebrate this week: the arc of
Afghan president Hamid Karzai's order to his forces to wrest control of Bagram prison from the U.S. highlights Afghans' growing testiness. It comes just as talks begin on new security arrangements to govern a continued U.S. military presence.
Having been in the country for the past decade and seized and imprisoned thousands of suspected fighters, the United States has an obligation to help the Afghan government establish a justice system that will treat them fairly. It will surely be blamed later if it doesn't.
A group of soldiers, sailors and airmen deployed to the massive American base in Bagram, Afghanistan, released a video on
The U.S. government can't credibly insist that the Afghans improve their justice system and treatment of detainees if the U.S. military doesn't first get its own detention house in order.
Back when he was a candidate, then-Senator Obama criticized President George W. Bush for his frequent reliance on signing statements to circumvent Congressional intent. What a difference executive power makes.
Politically, there may be reasons why Congress has supported the National Defense Authorization Act, including the many earmarks that bring costly projects to members' districts. But as a matter of national security and American principles, the bill is a disaster.
"I consider myself very lucky to be home for the holidays," Glynn, 35, told The Huffington Post. "When our replacements showed
And as long as the U.S. remains "at war" either literally or rhetorically, either directly or by proxy, we will continue to present our infrastructure as legitimate targets to our adversaries. If we want to be safe, we have to end the wars!