Editor’s Note: Because we've been publishing so many stories, some readers say they miss some that fly by. So, each month, we'll point out some special stories from the previous month.

Here is a selection from November 2009, focusing on President Obama's Afghan troop decision and the battle over health reform:

"The Incredible Shrinking Public Option," by Robert Parry, foreseeing trouble for the government-run plan. (November 2, 2009)

"Heeding George Kennan's Sage Advice," by Ray McGovern, noting how a Cold War "wise man" cautioned about a war escalation. (November 3, 2009)

"Finding Vietnam War Positives" by William Blum, criticizing a bizarre Washington Post opinion piece. (November 4, 2009)

The New October Surprise Series:
At the 30th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis, Robert Parry reviews the evidence of a history-changing Republican dirty trick in this three-part series. Part One; Part Two; Part Three.

"Obama Fails to Reset Foreign Policy” by Melvin A. Goodman, looking at lost opportunities. (November 6, 2009)

"Blaming the 'Dithering' Obama" by Robert Parry, assessing President Obama's reputation for indecision. (November 9, 2009)

"Why Lieberman Blocks a Public Option" by Robert Parry, questioning the strange motives of an obstructionist senator. (November 10, 2009)

"Why the Blase Attitude about Torture," by Ray McGovern, exploring a hole in American ethics. (November 11, 2009)

"The Real Thanksgiving Day" by William Loren Katz, describing the less heartwarming truth of the first thanksgiving. (November 12, 2009)

"On Bended Knee to Bob Gates" by Melvin A. Goodman, criticizing the U.S. press corps' capitulation to the Defense Secretary. (November 14, 2009)

"Shining Light on the Roots of Terrorism" by Ray McGovern, revealing the stated motive behind the 9/11 attacks. (November 15, 2009)

"Facts Behind 'Men Who Stare at Goats'" by Lisa Pease, assessing the strange reality behind a bizarre movie. (November 16, 2009)

"The Ugly Truth about Jobs" by Robert Parry, pointing out why joblessness may be here to stay. (November 17, 2009)

"Afghan Lessons from the Iraq War"' by Ray McGovern, recalling the real lessons from the Iraq debacle. (November 17, 2009)

"Learning the Wrong Vietnam Lessons" by Douglas Valentine, challenging the mainstream media's distortion of the Vietnam history. (November 19, 2009)

"Should Obama Fire Gen. McChrystal?" by Ray McGovern, citing the precedent of President Truman ousting Gen. MacArthur. (November 20, 2009)

"The Madness Returns” by Robert Parry, noting how the hoopla over Sarah Palin's memoir marks a return to the silly season. (November 22, 2009)

"Why Afghans Dig Empire Graveyards” by Nicolas J S Davies, reviewing a history of bloody resistance. (November 23, 2009)

"Obama's Profile in Courage Moment" by Ray McGovern, contrasting how John F. Kennedy faced down his generals. (November 24, 2009)

"How the War Hawks Caged Obama'" by Robert Parry, examining President Obama's miscalculations on personnel. (November 30, 2009)

"Why an Expanded Afghan War" by Lisa Pease, questioning the lost focus of getting Osama bin Laden. (November 30, 2009)

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