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Director, London Food Bank, former Member of Parliament
Now that the exit from Afghanistan is in sight, how have Canadians upheld the other end of our military activity in maintaining peace in the troubled regions of the world? In two words: we haven't.
Director, Arms and Security Project, Center for International Policy
The combined costs of the wars this year amount to nearly $170 billion. While $19 billion less than '08, it's a modest drop considering Iraq spending decreased almost $100 billion since then too. In other words, 4 of every 5 dollars saved from Iraq were reinvested in Afghanistan.
Political and cultural writer, creator of dailypygmy.com
"The world will no longer view the United States as a superpower hellbent on policing other countries," said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "They may think we're kind of weird, though."
Christian leader for social change
Congress is fed up with the war in Afghanistan, and its members' turn against the war mirrors the quickly changing public opinion.
I have a theory that it's all related, and all speeding up at once: global climate change, endless war. We are reaping the seeds we began planting 10,000 years ago, when we left the Garden of Eden and set out to achieve dominion over Planet Earth.
International expert on politics
This is more than a book about one woman and her desire to help Afghans find their own way. It is a story of the daily dangers Angela and colleagues face, the trauma that can accompany their work, and the difficulty they have reentering society.
Political Analyst, NewWestNotes.com
In the wake of the take-down of Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama used last week's glittering European tour to further lay out and demonstrate his emerging multilateral geopolitical doctrine.
Scientist and Physician
Tea Party members and the Taliban will likely find some common ground and perhaps even consider initiating joint political ventures.
Writer, blogger, analyst
The recent attacks on security establishments reveal Taliban's strategic thinking and inclination to undertake projects that take time and cultivation.
Foreign Policy Strategist, New World Strategies Coalition
U.S. and Afghan intelligence have illustrated their desperation by spreading fabrications about Omar's death, hoping to provoke him to react with haste and angrily issue denials via statements or audio recordings that could give up his position.
Producer, director, political activist
Memorial Day is a national holiday dedicated to remembering Americans killed in wartime. This year, unfortunately, we remember war dead who didn't have to die, and unless Congress and the president act, we'll remember more needless deaths next year.
Retired U.S. Air Force Officer
We have come a long way in one short year towards eliminating barriers that have prevented too many of our service men and women from serving to their full potential -- sometimes even from serving.
Editor at Large, The National Post
To find most of the blame for America's unsustainable fiscal situation, one need go no further than George Bush's presidency. The Bush tax cuts of 2...
Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute
America was born in war. The existence of evil means that war may always be an ugly necessity. But these days most of Washington's conflicts are wars of choice, military interventions for almost any reason other than protecting vital American interests.
We understand Congress is addicted to the military dollars spent in every Congressional district, but an economy built on death and destruction does not create a thriving community.
Interim Chairman of VoteVets.org
This weekend, as we remember the sacrifices by exceptional men and women on behalf of our country so often brought about in part through the cruelty of chance, let's also remember how blessed we are to live in a country that draws such fine people to service.
Policy Director, Just Foreign Policy
Voting on amendments on the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, the House of Representatives took action to hasten the end of the wars in Afghanistan and Libya.
Author of War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death
In times of war, U.S. presidents have often talked about yearning for peace. But the last decade has brought a gradual shift in the rhetorical zeitgeist while a tacit assumption has taken hold -- war must go on, one way or another.
U.S. Representative from Massachusetts' 3rd District
I've met with our troops in Afghanistan. I've met with them after they've come home. They're incredible. But politicians put them into harm's way. And we now have an obligation to get them safely home.
Since 1987, government spending on corrections has grown a 127% in comparison to a meager 21% increase in educational funding. If a nation's budget is a symbol of its priorities, Uncle Sam is in trouble.
Representative from the 15th Congressional District in New York
I absolutely condemn the provision added in the defense authorization bill that essentially allows the president to declare war against anyone, anytime and anywhere.
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