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U.S. Military Interventionism Has Harmed Iraq Dearly

U.S. Military Interventionism Has Harmed Iraq Dearly

June 26, 2014 at 12:56 pm

POLITIX 06/26/14 By Michael Shank Iraq continues to pose a conundrum for the international community. Many in the West feel that Iraq is perpetually ungovernable and that its quagmire finds root cause in something inherent to Iraqi culture or sectarianism. What the West fails to realize is that military interventionism […]

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Let’s Keep Syria’s Blood Off America’s Hands

Let’s Keep Syria’s Blood Off America’s Hands

July 23, 2013 at 1:58 pm

USA TODAY 07/23/13 By Michael Shank and Kate Gould Congress should join the 70% of Americans who oppose arming Syrian rebels, an act that will come back to haunt us. The Senate and House Intelligence committees’ about-face decision this week to arm the rebels in Syria is dangerous and disconcerting. […]

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Rahmani Death a Blow to Afghan Peace

Rahmani Death a Blow to Afghan Peace

May 16, 2012 at 10:06 pm

WASHINGTON TIMES 05/16/12 By Michael Shank I met with former Taliban government minister Moulavi Arsala Rahmani when I traveled to Afghanistan in 2009 in an unofficial capacity while serving as senior policy adviser for Rep. Michael Honda, California Democrat. What a loss Rahmani’s death is for the peace process (“Gunman […]

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Afghans Want U.S. to Stay but Do Things Differently

Afghans Want U.S. to Stay but Do Things Differently

December 3, 2009 at 8:40 pm

ROLL CALL 12/03/09 By Michael Shank Last week I went to Afghanistan, not on a Congressional delegation, but on my own. My boss, Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), is chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Afghanistan Taskforce and has a keen interest in rethinking U.S. strategy in this country. With the […]

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Waking Up to Afghanistan’s Realities

Waking Up to Afghanistan’s Realities

December 3, 2008 at 11:14 pm

THE GUARDIAN 12/03/08 By Michael Shank and Shukria Dellawar With Robert Gates remaining at the helm of the US defence department for another term, Barack Obama signals that the Pentagon’s modus operandi changes little. There are pros and cons to this. The good news: lessons learned from George Bush’s administration […]

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Talking with the Taliban

Talking with the Taliban

October 14, 2008 at 11:22 pm

THE GUARDIAN 10/14/08 By Michael Shank Wandering seven long years in the mountains and deserts of Afghanistan with hardly an end in sight, the US has just been offered a most fortuitous fix. It likely eludes America’s current president and queuing candidates, Barack Obama and John McCain, but not for […]

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McCain’s Irresponsibly Rosy Outlook on Iraq, Afghanistan

McCain’s Irresponsibly Rosy Outlook on Iraq, Afghanistan

May 21, 2008 at 10:25 pm

THE HILL 05/21/08 By Michael Shank That Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) cavalierly quips about first-term presidential accomplishments is not only deeply disconcerting, but also morally irresponsible (article, “McCain vows unprecedented transparency,” May 15). Half-baked heroism has handily usurped the Straight Talk Express. The only unprecedented part of McCain’s presidential pitch […]

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Overdue Wisdom in Afghanistan

Overdue Wisdom in Afghanistan

January 17, 2008 at 9:47 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 01/17/08 By Michael Shank Sir, At long last, US strategy in Afghanistan is wising up (“From poppies to pomegranates”, January 14). Putting crop eradication on the back burner, a move aided by concern from the government in Kabul, the US is pursuing ways in which high-value produce can […]

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Reducing Taliban Recruitment by Development

Reducing Taliban Recruitment by Development

July 5, 2007 at 10:37 pm

JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL PEACE OPERATIONS Vol. 3, No. 1, July-Aug 07 By Michael Shank United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ recent commentary that “things are slowly, cautiously headed in the right direction” in Afghanistan convinced very few. General Dan McNeill, commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, seconded the […]

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The Need for a Robust Security Strategy in Iraq

The Need for a Robust Security Strategy in Iraq

March 5, 2007 at 10:46 pm

JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL PEACE OPERATIONS Vol 2, No. 5, March-April 07 By Michael Shank The 43rd M√úNICH Conference on Security Policy, an annual February forum discussing security and foreign policy challenges in European and American relations, brought the latest chastisement of United States security policy, this time by the Germans. […]

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