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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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Editorials: Enough in Afghanistan ...

Above: U.K.'s Channel 4 on Obama, Cameron and Afghanistan.

- Afghan massacre: Bring U.S. troops home - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

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President Obama has declared that a U.S. soldier’s massacre of 16 people from three families in a village in Afghanistan will not derail his plans for an orderly winding down of the U.S. war there. The president is right that single events, even one so terrible as this, should not dictate policy.

But in the broader context of the fight there, the massacre near Kandahar is just one more ugly event that illustrates the broadening gulf among the U.S. military, the people of Afghanistan and the corrupt government there. Taken as a whole, the situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating, and the United States cannot get out of the country fast enough. ...

- Afghanistan attacks should not delay planned U.S. troop drawdown - Seattle Times Editorial

- Time to withdraw faster from Afghanistan - San Jose Mercury News Editorial

- Afghanistan on edge - Los Angeles Times Editorial

- Deadly rampage turns up the heat on U.S. mission - Tacoma News Tribune Editorial

- An unlikely Afghanistan mission made more difficult - Charlotte Observer Editorial

The U.S. goal in Afghanistan has always been a worthy one – keeping the country from becoming a haven from which terrorists can launch attacks against us. But that aim is fast approaching impossible, not only because of the chilling massacre Sunday of at least 16 civilians by a U.S. soldier, but because of the policy missteps and contradictory messages that preceded it. ...

- Horror in Kandahar - New York Times Editorial

... The United States has a vital interest in ensuring Afghanistan doesn’t again become a launching pad for terrorist attacks. It has to keep moving forward with negotiations on an American presence after 2014, while continuing to review whether there are prudent ways to speed the process for withdrawal.

- A war election - Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Beast

It seems to me that one thing we are losing sight of is that in November, the GOP candidate, if he is Romney or Santorum, will be campaigning to launch a new war in the Middle East. It will be one of the starkest contrasts between Romney and Obama, unless Romney flip-flops. But it seems to me that the evangelical fervor for war against Iran and in defense of Israel will make it very hard for Romney to flip. ...



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