War songs CD will benefit vets of current conflicts
September 3rd, 2010
11:49 AM ET

War songs CD will benefit vets of current conflicts

Grammy-award winning music producer Christopher King is known for putting together definitive musical collections from the early 20th century. His latest release is a CD of popular war recordings entitled 'Bloody War: Songs 1924-1939'.

It was a chance, King says, to expose folk and country music buffs and others to war songs from Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and World War I, which differed greatly from most modern tunes about bloody conflicts.

December 1st, 2009
12:00 PM ET

Around The Web: Some increase troops, but Canada withdraws

 A round-up of news and commentaries from CNN as well as other media and Web sites.

The United States is adding 30,000 troops to the Afghanistan theater in the next six months, according to White House sources, and expects its allies will also send more forces to the war zone.

The new  U.S. troops will be sent into Helmand and Kandahar provinces to help reduce open battle spaces, CNN’s Mike Mount and Larry Shaughnessy explain. The first troops will come from Camp Lejeune, a Marine base in North Carolina.

The top U.S. general in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, had asked for an increase of 40,000 war fighters. The Washington Post reports that President Obama will ask NATO to send 5,000 more troops, a figure that would nearly make up some of the difference between McChrystal’s request and Obama’s order.

The Post also reports that the president “began a carefully orchestrated strategy rollout,” by calling leaders of the U.S.’s major allies.

On Monday, Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown said his nation would ship 500 more troops, bringing the British contingent in Afghanistan to more than 10,000 troops.

One country Obama didn’t call was Canada. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was to deliver the news to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, according to the Globe and Mail.

Canada is set to withdraw its 3,000 troops with 18 months, the paper says.  "I don't sense a desire on the part of any party to extend the military mission," Harper said this past weekend, according to the paper.  FULL POST

November 30th, 2009
12:43 PM ET

Around the Web: Obama's announcement

A round-up of news and commentaries from CNN as well as other media and Web sites. 

On Tuesday night, President Obama will outline the new U.S. strategy for the war in Afghanistan. He reportedly will announce the decision to increase the number of the troops in the theater by more than 30,000.  

News of the plan has already met skepticism with Obama's own party.   "I think he has to make a speech that shows that all of our efforts are pointed to our reduced presence in Afghanistan, but I think he has to also indicate again and again how critical this is to our national security," Democratic Sen. Jack Reed, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a West Point graduate, told CNN's "State of the Union." 

And questions are already arising on how to pay for the war. Time.com reports that Obama is facing increasing pressure from Congress to justify the cost of the Afghan war, now in its ninth year. FULL POST