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Arizona Delegation Skeptical of Use of Military Force in Syria

Arizona Delegation Skeptical of Use of Military Force in Syria

September 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm

THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC 09/04/13 By Erin Kelly and Rebekah Sanders The Obama administration has no clear support yet among the U.S. House delegation from Arizona on the use of military force against Syria. Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., said Wednesday that he will vote against a resolution to authorize military action […]

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Missing the Mark on Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy at MLK Avenue

Missing the Mark on Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy at MLK Avenue

February 4, 2013 at 1:51 am

WASHINGTON POST 02/04/13 By Michael Shank As Martin Luther King Jr. Day was celebrated last month with community service ads and intimations in President Obama’s inauguration speech, I wondered, as I do every year, how the nation can commemorate a leader so disingenuously. We will likely do the same during […]

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Congress Can’t Ignore Afghanistan in Budget Talks

Congress Can’t Ignore Afghanistan in Budget Talks

November 29, 2012 at 2:34 am

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 11/29/12 By Michael Shank A new report shows irresponsible spending by the Defense Department in Afghanistan. This month, hidden amid election excitement, a report was delivered to Congress by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Likely few in Washington read it. The U.S. war […]

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These Fiscal Cliff Hawks Ought To Be Foreign Policy Doves

These Fiscal Cliff Hawks Ought To Be Foreign Policy Doves

November 26, 2012 at 2:38 am

THE GUARDIAN 11/26/12 By Michael Shank The occupation of Afghanistan costs US taxpayers $10bn a month, and millions in corruption. Yet Congress is oblivious. This month, hidden amid election excitement, a report was delivered to Congress by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (Sigar). Likely, few in Washington read […]

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Afghanistan Exit Strategy Must Focus on Development

Afghanistan Exit Strategy Must Focus on Development

May 31, 2012 at 10:10 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 05/31/12 By Michael Shank and U.S. Representative Michael Honda (D-CA) With NATO’s meeting in Chicago two weekends ago building consensus on critical next steps vis-a-vis anticipated withdrawals and deadlines, discussion of the development agenda post-withdrawal in Afghanistan must not slip from our radar screen. The […]

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Congressmen Seek to Lift Propaganda Ban

Congressmen Seek to Lift Propaganda Ban

May 18, 2012 at 11:05 pm

BUZZFEED 05/18/12 By Michael Hastings An amendment that would legalize the use of propaganda on American audiences is being inserted into the latest defense authorization bill, BuzzFeed has learned. The amendment would “strike the current ban on domestic dissemination” of propaganda material produced by the State Department and the Pentagon, […]

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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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Is It Time to Withdraw From Afghanistan?

Is It Time to Withdraw From Afghanistan?

March 6, 2012 at 11:26 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 03/06/12 By Tierney Sneed Violent protests in Afghanistan after an inadvertent Koran-burning lead some to argue that it is time for America to get out Three months since withdrawing from Iraq, the Obama administration is acknowledging the challenges American forces are facing in another President […]

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The U.S. Afghanistan Strategy Is Failing and It’s Time to Pull Out

The U.S. Afghanistan Strategy Is Failing and It’s Time to Pull Out

March 6, 2012 at 10:25 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 03/06/12 CHICAGO TRIBUNE 03/07/12 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) The recent Koran burning protests are just the beginning of the problems America has in Afghanistan. That the U.S. military is burning Korans and urinating on dead bodies is, without question, bad […]

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Want to Cut Big Government Abuses? Start with Defence Contracting

Want to Cut Big Government Abuses? Start with Defence Contracting

August 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm

THE GUARDIAN 08/06/11 By Michael Shank We have the evidence: the hardpressed US taxpayer is being fleeced by profiteering contractors and corrupt military personnel This past week, as US Congress quacked its way through the debt-ceiling quagmire, a seemingly non-germane offshore issue surfaced vis-a-vis Iraq. The connection between the two […]

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