RALPH NADER — The war in Afghanistan is nearly nine years old â€” the longest in American history. After the U.S. quickly toppled the Taliban regime in October 2001, the Taliban, by all accounts, came back stronger and harsher enough to control now at least 30 percent of the country. During this time, U.S. casualties, armaments and expenditures are at record levels.
KATHY KELLY & DAN PEARSON — In accepting General McChrystalâ€™s resignation, President Obama said that McChrystalâ€™s departure represented a change in personnel, not a change in policy. â€œAmericans donâ€™t flinch in the face of difficult truths or difficult tasks.â€ he stated, â€œWe persist and we persevere.â€ Yet, President Obama and the U.S. people donâ€™t face up to the ugly truth that, in Afghanistan, the U.S. has routinely committed atrocities against innocent civilians.