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Peace and Security

Public supports troop deadline in Iraq

March 27, 2007 - The excellent Pew Center has released a new poll on Iraq, and the results are surprising. The main finding is that the public supports the House plan for withdrawal by August 2008:

War spending bill promises to ignite more battles

March 23, 2007 - In the most contentious debate to open among progressives since Democrats took control of Congress this year, Rep. Nancy Pelosi successfully navigated a $124 billion package to finance war in Afghanistan and Iraq, while also requiring that combat operations cease by September 2008.

Veterans link Iraq to Gulf Coast

March 21, 2007 - In April 1953, the famous "red state" Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower made this famous statement about the trade-offs between war spending and human needs:

On the trail of the "ghost pilots"

February 24, 2007 - Our blog piece this week on the search for CIA "ghost pilots" involved in extraordinary rendition flights -- including new evidence linking three North Carolina pilots to the debate over torture -- is igniting a firestorm of outrage.

Southeasterners oppose Iraq escalation

February 23, 2007 - The South used to be the place President Bush could count on for support of the Iraq invasion and "war on terror." But over the last year, the tide has steadily turned in the South, leaving the administration with few safe havens to pitch their foreign policy.

The good life in the Green Zone

February 19, 2007 - For Iraqis, there's probably no better symbol of what's wrong with the U.S. mission in Iraq than the Green Zone -- the fortified and insulated "Little America" that U.S. forces created in the aftermath of the invasion.

CIA contractor gets 8 years for fatal beating, but torture masterminds still go unpunished

February 15, 2007 - Former CIA contractor David Passaro was sentenced yesterday in a North Carolina courtroom to eight years in prison for the torture of an Afghan detainee who later died. He was the first U.S. citizen charged and convicted of detainee abuse during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, and the first charged under the USA Patriot Act, which extended U.S. prosecutors' reach to foreign soil.

First in torture flight?

February 1, 2007 - As the place where the Wright brothers made their historic take-off, North Carolina likes to brag that it's "First in Flight." But the state's ongoing involvement in the CIA's torture taxi service puts it first in flight of a most cruel and unlawful sort.

Marching with hope

January 28, 2007 - Our sources on the ground in D.C. say that the mood of today's March on Washington against the war is more upbeat than in recent years.