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After fifty years of activism, politics and writing, Tom Hayden still is a leading voice for ending the war in Iraq, erasing sweatshops, saving the environment, and reforming politics through greater citizen participation.
Currently he is writing and advocating for US exiting Afghanistan.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, November 24, 2008 Frankenstein in Mesopotamia
The pact being negotiated between the US and Baghdad governments includes a direct rebuff to president-elect Barack Obama's promised policy of withdrawing American combat troops in 16-18 months. The pact instead would leave those troops in place until the end of 2011, a doubling of the timeline to which Obama pledged himself. But that's not all.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 11, 2009 MoveOn: Break the Silence on Torture and War
The real effect of Obama's censorship decision is to dampen any resurgence of antiwar sentiment and public support for an investigation of past crimes. Silence in the face of censorship means collaborating in the cover-up of torture. The political effect is to leave antiwar Democrats under greater pressure to yield than to stand their ground.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 24, 2009 A Bold Sen. Feingold Could Lead the Way Out of Afghanistan
Feingold has learned to play the Senate game when it comes to new proposals. Like chess, when a single senator moves, other senators follow or readjust. That's what is happening. Not a single senator had spoken out against the war until Feingold said in an Aug. 24 interview in Appleton that the U.S. should consider a flexible timetable.
SHARE Wednesday, November 3, 2010 Elections a Setback for Peace
Both parties collaborated in keeping Afghanistan out of the national election debate and media coverage while during the period June-November alone, 274 American soldiers were killed and 2,934 were wounded on the battlefield.
SHARE Tuesday, March 9, 2010 Exit Strategies for Afghanistan and Iraq
Meanwhile, on Afghanistan, the Congressional Progressive Caucus is in disarray. Leadership on Afghanistan issues has been passed to Representative Mike Honda, a progressive Democrat from San Jose, who last year circulated a dramatic exit proposal that would flip US Afghan spending from 80 percent military to 80 percent civilian.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, March 16, 2012 The Failure of Gradualism in Afghanistan
The suicide rate of American soldiers is at unprecedented levels. War crimes seem to be pervasive. As America's "war bureaucracy" muddles along at the service of NATO & other states, what happened to the role of Congress in deciding when & why we go to war?
(9 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 23, 2008 Why Hillary Makes My Wife Scream
For Tom Hayden's wife Barbara, Hillary has become the screech on the blackboard. From First Lady to Lady Macbeth.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 26, 2013 Defend de Blasio Now
It's too bad that the anarchists and many of the Occupiers who are so dogmatically against electoral politics won't vote, at least not whole-heartedly, for a candidate who carries forward the spark they lit.
a De Blasio victory in New York could well put progressive politics on the central stage of national media coverage and debate.
SHARE Saturday, September 7, 2013 Fooled Again Into Wider War?
The Syrian war resolution being rushed through Congress conceals an agenda for escalation far beyond President Obama's repeated pledge of a "narrow" and limited "shot across the bow" of the Assad regime. The American public and Congress are being fooled into wider war and regime change by another name. The first casualty in politics and war, it turns out, is the truth.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 27, 2009 The Long Peace Movement: The Silence of MoveOn
MoveOn has collected a privately held list of 5 million names, most of them strong peace advocates. The organization's membership contributed an unprecedented $180 million for the federal election cycle in 2004-2006. Those resources, now squelched or sequestered, mean that the most vital organization in the American peace movement is missing in action.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 26, 2010 US Combat Ends in Iraq, But Covert Operations Begin
The immediate future is uncertain. US soldiers currently being sent to Iraq are told their mission is "to shut it down." But the real story is being hidden by the Obama administration's insistence that its promise to end the war is being kept. A war that started with dreams of bringing democracy to the Middle East is ending by keeping plans for more troops hidden from American voters.
(12 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 5, 2008 No Retreat: If you Want to Win, Stop the War! Barack at Risk
Call him slippery or nuanced, Barack Obama's core position on Iraq has always been more ambiguous than audacious. Now it is catching up with him as his latest remarks are questioned by the Republicans, the mainstream media, and the antiwar movement. He could put his candidacy at risk if his audacity continues to shrivel.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 10, 2009 Rage Is Good
The peace movement claims victory with Obama's promise to pull US troops from Iraq by 2011. But elsewhere in a volatile world, a long war looms.
The US-Iraq Security Pact signals the war is ending--though not soon enough--and challenges peace activists to broaden their agenda against new quagmires.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 3, 2009 Undecided Progressives: Make the Difference for Obama
The first arena for debate, recalling the 1965 Vietnam teach-ins on campuses, will be the blogosphere. The second will be Congressional hearings, with critics at the table. And the third phase is likely to be direct dialogue and engagement in the 2010 elections, district by district. At this point, however, the movement will have to engage MoveOn and many liberal Democrats who are mired in the lingering belief that Afghanista
SHARE Friday, July 2, 2010 House Stands Firm on Afghanistan Withdrawal Timetable
One hundred sixty-two House members, including a large majority of Democrats, sent a significant antiwar message to President Obama last night, forcing the White House to depend for Afghanistan war support on the Republicans who want to unseat the Democrats and Obama himself in upcoming elections.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 8, 2008 The New Phase for Obama, Clinton and the Rest of Us
Obama must get tougher without contradicting the high standards he is setting for himself. There are two lines he can pursue:
His campaign can demand immediate disclosure of the Clinton tax returns, White House and Library documents that will show where Hillary Clinton's $5 million donation came from, and whether Bill Clinton has used his influence in cases like the uranium contract with Kazakhstan for a Clinton donor...
SHARE Sunday, September 9, 2007 Ending the War in 2009
The illusion is that we are preventing a sectarian civil war when the reality is that, in the best British tradition, we have been fomenting and feeding a civil war which will fragment, subdivide and eliminate the basis of Arab nationalism in Iraq.