PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA




Barack Obama
Miller Center (University of Virginia)
http://millercenter.org/president/obama
My Website Spotlight blog post
http://thelearningprofessor.blogspot.com/2012/06/website-spotlight-barack-obama.html

Barack Obama bio
http://youtu.be/1-IgxSn21jU

Miller Center
http://millercenter.org/president/obama

Campaign commercials
http://www.livingroomcandidate.org/commercials/2008
http://www.livingroomcandidate.org/commercials/2012

Life Before the Presidency [this is really good]
http://millercenter.org/president/obama/essays/biography/2

Letter from Barack Obama on His Muslim Heritage
http://www.irfi.org/articles/articles_1801_1850/letter%20from%20barack%20obama%20on%20
his%20muslim%20heritagehtml.htm

The 44th President was his mother's son
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-44th-president-was-his-mothers-son/2012/05/11/gIQA6NV1IU_story.html



"Who are the Taliban?" (FRONTLINE)
http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/afghanistan604/who.html
Click on and read each of the following tabs under "A Timeline to Power"
The Taliban Emerge (1994)
The Fall of Kandahar and Kabul (1996)
New Order Under Sharia Law (1996 to 1998)
Sanctions, Atrocities and Reprisals (1999 to 2001)
Taliban In Retreat, Karzai on the Rise (2002 to 2005)
The Taliban Are Back (2005)
Afghanistan: A New Iraq? (2006)
The Poppy Rises (2006 to 2007)
A New Offensive (2007)



In my U.S. History survey course, I can only devote one class to Afghan war.

Why Karzai Bites the Hand That Feed Him
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/14/opinion/sunday/why-karzai-bites-the-hand-that-feeds-him.html?hp&_r=0&pagewanted=all

The Age of Unsatisfying Wars - NYTimes.com John Nagl
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/07/opinion/the-age-of-unsatisfying-wars.html?_r=1

As Afghan Army Grows, a Unit Highlights the Challenges - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/06/10/world/asia/ap-as-afghan-army-unit.html?_r=1&hp&pagewanted=all

At West Point, Asking if a War Doctrine Was Worth It - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/28/world/at-west-point-asking-if-a-war-doctrine-was-worth-it.html?_r=2&hpw&pagewanted=all

Making Sense of Trends in Afghanistan - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/14/opinion/making-sense-of-trends-in-afghanistan.html?hp

Afghan Assaults Signal Evolution of Haqqani Network - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/17/world/asia/afghan-assaults-signal-evolution-of-haqqani-network.html?_r=1&hp=&pagewanted=all

A Long and Distant War: Photos from Afghanistan, 1988-2009 - LightBox
http://lightbox.time.com/2011/10/03/a-distant-war-photographs-of-afghanistan-by-robert-nickelsberg/#1



FRONTLINE Obama's War (Afghanistan)

Obama's War (FRONTLINE)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/obamaswar/
My Website Spotlight blog post
http://thelearningprofessor.blogspot.com/2012/06/website-spotlight-obamas-war.html

Map: (plus use Google Earth)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/obamaswar/etc/map.html

Timeline
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/obamaswar/etc/cron.html

See also:

Obama’s Journey to Reshape Afghan War - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/20/us/obamas-journey-to-reshape-afghanistan-war.html?_r=1&hp&pagewanted=all



INTERACTIVES

A Year at War interactive (New York Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/world/battalion.html?src=tptw#/NYT/0

A Taste of Home in Foil Packets and Powders: M.R.Es in Afghanistan (New York Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/09/04/weekinreview/20100905_gilbertson.html?ref=multimedia



PHOTOBLOGS:

BOSTON GLOBE

For all of their monthly Afghanistan editions, go to the following URL;
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/afghanistan/

SACRAMENTO BEE

http://blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2011/04/camp-phoenix-helmand-province.html
http://blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2011/01/helmand-province-from-above.html
http://blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2010/10/afghanistan-nine-years-of-war.html

DENVER POST

http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2008/11/26/seven-years-in-afghanistan/




Here are some particularly interesting pictures in several of the Boston Globe photoblogs:

Afghanistan: March 2010
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/03/afghanistan_march_2010.html

#1 What is the holiday of Nowruz
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nowruz
#3 Afghanistan uses the Persian calendar
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iranian_calendar
#13 Osprey airplane
#16 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) armored vehicle
#17 Mud. How it impacts operations.
#19 Afghan girl. At what age does a girl need to start wearing a burka.
#21 Nurse of the month. All men.
#28 Fortress from 5th century. Think back to Alexander the Great. Silk Road.
#35 Poppy field
#36 Hot room in a hamman
#37 Marines playing "Risk"
#38 Afghan soldier with a picture of American female race car driver
#40 Think of what the eyes of that man has seen during his lifetime
#41 Woman interpreter
#42 Rock band
Afghanistan's first mosh pit rocks

January 2010
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/01/afghanistan_january_2010.html

#7 Afghan girl
#20 Canadian female officer talks to Afghan women
#21 "Ricky" the explosive detector dog
#27 Paktika province. Read this caption.
#29 Bible verse on gunsight
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/22/us/22guns.html
#39 Taliban fighters display their weapons
#40 Special Forces men dismount from helicopter on mountain peak