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Ezra Klein Archive: Afghanistan

Why 30,000 troops?

The more I chew over it, the more I think my dissatisfaction with last night's speech was that it was an argument for a strategy in Afghanistan, not this strategy in Afghanistan. Take the 30,000 troops. "The 30,000 additional...

By Ezra Klein  |  December 2, 2009; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Afghanistan  
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Lunch break

Rory Stewart, a British diplomat, author and, now, parliamentary candidate, is the author of “The Places in Between,” a book based on walking the full length of Afghanistan. This is the first part of a lecture he gave on Afghanistan...

By Ezra Klein  |  December 2, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Doesn't taxing the Afghanistan war work against stimulus?

Responding to my support for a surtax to fund the war in Afghanistan, Ostap asks, "aren't you one of those people who regularly proclaim that opponents of the so-called stimulus package are nuts, and that in fact we should have...

By Ezra Klein  |  December 2, 2009; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Afghanistan , Taxes  
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Afghanistan and the Iraq surge

Daniel Drezner has a good post critiquing analogical thinking on wars. Comparing the war in Afghanistan to the war in Vietnam or the surge in Iraq is flawed, he says. The Obama administration has been at pains to signal...

By Ezra Klein  |  December 2, 2009; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Obama's Afghanistan speech

My first thought watching Obama's speech last night was to wonder whether he'd borrowed Bush's speechwriter for the evening. But the mirrored rhetoric is to be expected, I guess. This is a policy that Bush could have announced, too....

By Ezra Klein  |  December 2, 2009; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Obey's war surtax would cover 6% of war spending -- but Congress thinks even that's too much

David Obey's effort to fund the expansion of the Afghanistan war with a surtax is running into some opposition. Evan Bayh, who generally presents himself as a paragon of fiscal rectitude, flatly said it's not going to happen. "National security...

By Ezra Klein  |  December 1, 2009; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Older Entries in This Category »

Death and taxes, Ezra Klein , November 23, 2009
Humility in Afghanistan, Ezra Klein , October 9, 2009
Success?, Ezra Klein , September 21, 2009
The Manager in Afghanistan, Ezra Klein , September 21, 2009
Glass Half Full, Ezra Klein , September 14, 2009
Opposing Afghanistan With Emphasis, Ezra Klein , September 1, 2009
What Does "Victory" Mean?, Ezra Klein , August 31, 2009
Quagmire Thinking, Ezra Klein , August 27, 2009
 
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