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 October 2009, focusing the tough decisions facing the Obama administration on troop levels in Afghanistan, diplomacy with Iran and health-care reform for Americans:

"WTime, Bushes Hail Rev. Moon," by Robert Parry, describing a troubling relationship. (October 2, 2009)

"WPost Pushes Confrontation with Iran," by Melvin A. Goodman, examining the Post's neocon tendencies. (October 3, 2009)

"Obama's Mideast Peace Dilemma" by Robert Parry, looking at President Obama's unlikely allies in the pursuit of peace. (October 6, 2009)

"Afghanistan: Eight Years and Counting” by Dennis Loo, pondering where this open-ended conflict is headed. (October 6, 2009)

"Can US Make Sound Decisions?" by Robert Parry, explaining the systemic problems of Washington. (October 8, 2009)

"Revolving Door Shuts on Public Option" by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, regarding the insurance industry's lobby. (October 10, 2009)

"Regime Change v. Regime Modification," by Bruce P. Cameron, looking at the costs and benefits of different strategies. (October 11, 2009)

"Reasoning Behind Obama's Peace Prize" by Robert Parry, explaining what made the President deserving. (October 12, 2009)

"Insurers Make Case for Public Option," by Robert Parry, describing how the industry's clumsy tactics boomeranged. (October 12, 2009)

"Obama and the Left's Old Schisms," by Robert Parry, revealing how the President has brought back divisions on the Left. (October 14, 2009)

"Old Testament Brutalities" by Howard Bess, recalling some religious ugliness in the Judeo-Christian heritage. (October 16, 2009)

"The Politics of the Public Option" by Robert Parry, pointing out the Democratic risks in not acting fast and lowering costs. (October 16, 2009)

"Pakistan's Double Game"' by Bruce P. Cameron, tracing the dangerous deceptions of Pakistani intelligence. (October 17, 2009)

"The High Price of Abu Ghraib Truth," by Sam Provance, describing his personal cost in telling facts that many didn't want to hear. (October 23, 2009)

"How a Torture Protest Killed a Career" by Craig Murray, a first-hand account of challenging "war on terror" atrocities. (October 24, 2009)

"On Public Option, MSM Gets It Wrong” by Robert Parry, recounting the false conventional wisdom on the public option. (October 27, 2009)

"WPost Misleads on Afghan History” by Melvin A. Goodman, criticizing the Post for its selective recollections. (October 28, 2009)

"Al-Qaeda Outwitted Bush, Neocons," by Robert Parry, explaining how the neocons helped al-Qaeda rebuild. (October 29, 2009)

"Today's Lessons of Daniel Ellsberg'" by David Swanson, drawing lessons about truth from the Pentagon Papers leaker. (October 30, 2009)

"Kipling Haunts Afghan War," by Ray McGovern, learning from the mistakes of British imperialists in Afghanistan. (October 30, 2009)

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