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Blogger Critiques About Afghanistan Set to Intensify

I wrote last week about how some members of the Get Afghanistan Right coalition were working to support a blogger to write frequent critiques of the Afghanistan

Iram Martins
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Aug 14, 2009

I wrote last week about how some members of the Get Afghanistan Right coalition were working to support a blogger to write frequent critiques of the Afghanistan war. Today, they unveiled the lucky blogger. From a press release:

Brave New Foundation and The Seminal today announced the launch of a new blog fellowship program and the selection of their first blog fellow, Return Good for Evil blogger Derrick Crowe, who will focus on the dangers of continued military action and escalation in Afghanistan. This is the first of several planned blog fellowships, which the funders hope will bring attention to issues not receiving adequate attention in the media. Brave New Foundation and The Seminal hope other groups will follow their lead and fund their own fellowships to help create a financial support structure for progressive blogging.

Full disclosure: The Seminal is hosted on the same network as my personal blog, and I debated BNF’s Robert Greenwald on a Netroots Nation panel yesterday. Here’s a quote from Crowe from the release:

“Progressives should take a good, hard look at the deepening U.S. military commitment in Afghanistan and realize it poses a dire threat to our domestic agenda. The costs are simply unsustainable and will surpass the cost of the Iraq war. These costs will constrain our ability to fund progressive change at home. When you add to these costs the growing number of civilian deaths and military casualties, it becomes clear that we need a new direction in Afghanistan. Brave New Foundation and The Seminal are working to form a realistic progressive alternative to continued militarism and escalation in Afghanistan, and I look forward to aiding their efforts,” Crowe said.

These critiques have bubbled up to the Washington establishment recently.

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