Afghan Girls are getting educated and Augusta Golf Club is catching up to the 1920s. Women's Rights are hard to come by, but safety at the Parkway Labor Day Concert might be more elusive.
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The War in Afghanistan, The Killing of Trayvon Martin, and The Violence of Philadelphia: Stories of Violence
The ills of Chester are our problem, and if we do not see a State of Emergency as a wakeup call, well we could at least use it as an opportunity to explore a new home, this time way up in Chester County.
*Written by William Cleary, a communications strategist who has worked in over 23 countries and is currently working in Afghanistan. The article was originally published in The Washington Time Op-ed section. Good government is scarce, and bad government sells itself, which makes for bad news for those of us in the business of selling good government.
Now that Obamacare has actually passed, well the senate version at least, and the inundation of all things health care over the past month that lead up to this historic moment should finally subside, it may be time for Americans, and President Obama himself, to remember that there are other events, both positive and negative, occurring throughout the world.
Almost nine years ago, the United States launched Operation Enduring Freedom which sent troops into Afghanistan with the stated objectives of destroying Al Qaeda, finding Bin Laden, and removing the Taliban regime that supported them. Seven years ago, things were looking better in Afghanistan than the previous year. An interim government was formed and the Taliban and Al Qaeda were severely weakened. Six years ago, the enemy reemerged to wage an insurgency campaign against the new Afghani government and U.S. troops occupying the country. Training camps, bases, and madrassas were set up along the tribal region of Afghanistan and Pakistan to bolster the extremists' new push against the American and British forces. Three years ago, NATO forces were called in to relieve the thinly stretched Americans that were fighting two wars in the region and to take over operations in the southern portion of Afghanistan. Two years ago, Afghanistan received an influx of more foreign born Taliban fighters than ever before. And one year ago, Americans endured the deadliest year of fighting since the war began and the fighting spread to Pakistan for the first time. These events all took place under the often crticized watch of our last President, George W. Bush. Under his administration, we saw more anti-war protests and public outcry against US foreign policy than at any other time since the Vietnam war.