Hugh White As our troops leave Oruzgan this year, the province could slide deeper into the abyss.
Gerard Henderson Major-General John Cantwell (Retired) is a fine, brave man with a distinguished military record. It just happens that Cantwell is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Michelle Grattan The gulf between the political leaders and public opinion on Australia's presence in Afghanistan was dramatically highlighted yesterday.
Seumas Milne Massacres flow from the very nature of foreign occupations.
John Cantwell We're pulling our troops out for political reasons, not for military purposes.
Tom Switzer It was clear before Julia Gillard's address this week that it is past time for Australia's role in Afghanistan to end. Now the only question is whether our 1550 troops depart quickly or depart slowly.
Hamish McDonald In 1989, I spent some time in Afghanistan looking at the prospects of the Soviet-backed Najibullah regime after Mikhail Gorbachev had pulled Moscow's demoralised ''Afgantsy'' expeditionary force back...
Simon Tisdall Imagine the scene aboard Air Force One on the tarmac in Copenhagen last Friday. Barack Obama is exhausted, having flown the Atlantic overnight to back Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Daniel Flitton Australia's leaders have not been fair dinkum with the Australian people about the war in Afghanistan, to parrot a bit of slang loved by Kevin Rudd. That much is now plain.
Michelle Grattan The opposition's policy flip-flops are worrying on an issue as vital as war.
Gerard Henderson The skirmish as to whether Julia Gillard or Tony Abbott is playing politics with the Opposition Leader's recent visit to Afghanistan overlooks a more important issue.
Mike Carlton Surely the FBI could have saved itself a lot of time and trouble if it had rung our very own Alan Jones, the visionary broadcaster, to find out who was behind the Boston bombing.
Jane McAdam While the Coalition may have hoped to score political points with the reappearance of its "illegal boats" billboard this week, it has shone a spotlight on its feeble grasp of international law.
Jacqueline Maley Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was interviewed by Leigh Sales on 7.30 on Wednesday night. It was a TV event highly anticipated by politics dorks, and I know several who raced home for it.
Michael Bachelard For the fifth time, dozens of the world's ministers flew this week to an over-air-conditioned hotel meeting room in Bali, sat gravely around a very large table and achieved next to nothing.
Richard Klass The common reaction to North Korea is to laugh away its threats, along the lines of, ''They'll never do it … have you seen the guy?''
Paul Daley BELTING golf balls into the hostile enemy terrain of Afghanistan from inside a secured perimeter may not be the most effective way to dispatch the Taliban.
David Forbes Major-General John Cantwell has told a parliamentary inquiry the Defence Force needs to continue its efforts to de-stigmatise mental health problems if it is to deal with the growing number of...
Paul McGeough 'What's the difference between a duck,'' my father would ask us as kids.
Jack Straw Resolving the stand-off over the country's nuclear weapon's program requires statesmanship of the highest order.