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Is Privatizing the Afghan War a Feasible Exit Strategy...

...or is it a formula for perpetual war?

President Obama may have told Congress and the American people in his state of the union address that the American combat mission in Afghanistan is over, but that claim is a bit disingenuous, to put it charitably. 

To be sure, the military presence has been reduced, and only 9,800 troops remain in Afghanistan. However, the incoming Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, already indicated a willingness to slow down or possibility reverse the ongoing drawdown, should security conditions “degrade."
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King Abdullah's Crocodile Tears Over Burned Pilot

Jordan's King Abdullah reacted emotionally to a video showing the apparent immolation of a Jordanian fighter pilot shot down over Syrian airspace. The Jordanian leader promised to fight ISIS, who killed the pilot, until his military ran "out of fuel and bullets." His vows of revenge even included quoting Clint Eastwood to US lawmakers.

When he arrived back in Jordan from Washington, where he happened to be when the pilot was killed, he swiftly executed three prisoners in an apparent demonstration of resolve.
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Obama Admits US Role in Ukraine Overthrow

Speaking on RT yesterday, RPI executive director Daniel McAdams wonders whether President Obama spoke a bit too freely in his recent CNN interview. In the interview, the president told CNN that the US government had "brokered a deal to transition power in Ukraine." This admission that the US was playing a role in the February, 2014 coup flies in the face of the dominant west narrative, which is that the overthrow of the Yanukovych government was solely a popular uprising.
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Who Started Ukraine? Max Boot's War. And More. McAdams and Taylor Week in Review

Ukraine heats up and the US continues pointing fingers away from its own actions. Max Boot and the neocons want us to go harder and faster against Russia. What might we expect from recent developments in Greece - wither the EU? RPI's Daniel McAdams again joins Jay Taylor to chew on latest international developments. Watch below or listen to the audio file here.
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