Meeting The 2014 Deadline For An Afghanistan Exit
Now, no one believes that even Afghans believe they will be 'ready' for the U.S. to bug-out in 2014, but almost no one believes the U.S. has the political or operational will to remain long past that date.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Inevitable Retreat In Afghanistan
The military is quietly hoping we don't notice that they didn't actually transform their Kandahar misadventure from the leveling of homes, the taking of residents' lives, and the destruction of farmland and livestock into the nation-building success that they intended for the mission to highlight.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011(1 comments)
Iranian Influence In Iraq? Inconceivable!
It's more than remarkable for conservatives and republicans to now complain about Iranian influence among the Shias in Iraq after their party's president (with their full and vocal support) removed the only existing wedge in the region against Iranian influence.
Justifying War in Oslo
What was notable about President Obama's speech in accepting the Nobel Peace Prize was how much of it was centered on justifying war; just wars, in his estimation.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Lightning Bolts and Slopes in Afghanistan
As with the Iraqi regime's foot-dragging on the political changes to their government that the president has said he's waiting for them to accomplish before he can pull our troops out, our military forces in Afghanistan are to make 'space' for the Karzai regime's foot-dragging reforms to emerge and blossom.
Thursday, December 3, 2009(2 comments)
Pretense of an Afghanistan Exit Plan
There is no exit in the president's escalation plan for Afghanistan, only a prospect of more fighting, killing, and unrest; both in the country and across the border into Pakistan.
In or Out of Afghanistan
Any decision by President Obama to remain offensively engaged in Afghanistan will irrevocably commit the U.S. to an end-game which has eluded invaders of Afghanistan throughout history who have sought to transform the country with their military.
Obama's Pretense of Justice in Afghanistan
The Obama decision this week to allow prisoners at Bagram prison in Afghanistan access to an administrative review panel of military officers to 'challenge their detentions' looks to be the same sham that Bush provided at Gitmo, with no opportunity provided prisoners to actually see the charges against them, review evidence, or even present witnesses.
Everybody's Cryin Mercy
The perception of an America bent on expanding empire across sovereign borders is going to take more than the president's demonstration of an understanding and appreciation of Islam in his Cairo address.
Sunday, May 17, 2009(4 comments)
Obama's Hardest Thing
PRESIDENT OBAMA, in an interview with Newsweek's Jon Meecham Wednesday, spoke about the burdens of office and described his sending of an additional 17,000 troops to Afghanistan as "extraordinarily difficult" in response to the question of, "what was the 'hardest thing he'd had to do in office so far?"
Saturday, May 16, 2009(1 comments)
Hiding Torture Photos is Just Another Tactic in the 'Information War'
The withholding of images of our militarism won't shift 'anti-American opinion' to accommodate and welcome the U.S. and their grudging attacks across sovereign borders, but it just might keep those still in blind or willing support of the military action from reacting in horror to the realities these target nations know from memory.
Saturday, May 9, 2009(1 comments)
Bombing Afghans in Defense of Afghanistan?
Karzai: "We believe strongly that air strikes are not an effective way in fighting terrorism. That's not good for the US, that's not good for Afghanistan, that's not good for the conducting of the war."
Sunday, April 5, 2009
5000 troops from NATO for 'Afghan elections' is a signal Obama is on his own
The president will find a great reservoir of goodwill in the international community for his diplomatic initiatives and offers, but I predict declining support for his entire Afghanistan mission - both at home and abroad - if the consequences and effects of the military operations continue to dominate the landscape.
Emerging Outlines of Obama's Afghanistan Plan
"I am absolutely convinced that you cannot solve the problem of Afghanistan, the Taliban, the spread of extremism in that region solely through military means," Obama told the CBC in February.
Enter the Era of Engagement in Afghanistan and Pakistan
If the president's 'era of engagement' is to take root in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the State Dept. will have to emerge as more than the afterthought and support to military action that it had become in the last administration.
Fearmongering Beyond the Bunker
Now it is time for these miserable stewards of the public trust to find their respective hidey-holes and burrow-in against the coming wave of legal and public prosecutions for their crimes and abuses in office.
Changing al-Qaeda's Script
NOTHING must have thrilled al-Qaeda more than to hear Bush read off passages of propaganda from the terrorists' own speeches and dispatches
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Tweaking the Occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan
At the apex of the results and effects of resistance to the increased and proliferating U.S. military presence and activity in the Mideast over the years since the Iraq invasion, the Pentagon is poised to stage some sort of sustaining defense in Afghanistan of their own representation of 'democracy' in Kabul.
Bush Holdover Robert Gates: A Kinder, Gentler Shock and Awe
Is this proposed 'surge' of force to defend the Afghanistan capital be the testing ground for Mr. Gates' new 'counterinsurgency' strategy? To me, it looks like the same old smash and grab approach that he's busy repudiating for benefit of the intellectuals
Behind the Swift Armor of Our Democracy
To the dismay of the ultra far-right wing of the republican party and those who respond to McCain/Palin's narrow, scapegoating appeal, there isn't going to be a gentleman's response to their boorish, cowardly attempt to cast Americans they disagree onto the other side of their ideological battlefield, expecting the rest of us to line up behind them.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Deface the Banner of the Nation for an Idle Rag
As voters reflect on the anxiety and anger they feel watching the orchestrated economic emergency directed by the republican White House, they should pay close attention to the associations McCain has chosen to help elevate himself into the presidency.
Celebrating Obama's Blackness
The fact of Barack Obama's blackness hasn't really been explicitly highlighted or overtly vocalized by the major speakers who've stepped up to the podium to sing his praises, or even by the candidate himself.
Thursday, August 21, 2008(2 comments)
Bush and McCain's Reckless Adventurism
Bush and McCain have demonstrated a reckless disregard of those who they expect to prosecute their opportunistic agenda, and of those who they claim to be defending with their unbridled and reflexive militarism.
Calling the Bluff on the Limits of American Power and Influence
The only way to achieve and maintain the necessary diplomatic relationships to successfully influence Russia's behavior is for the U.S. to return to a level of moral authority it had when we first began to draw Russia in, and that Bush has squandered with his opportunistic militarism.
Friday, August 15, 2008
McCain and the Same Old Kneejerk Militarism
The scramble by McCain in the wake of Russia's invasion of the Republic of Georgia to rattle and brandish sabers he does not yet possess or control devolved this week into a mimic of the Cold War as the Arizona senator revealed to the world that he intends to wield an even heavier, more dense hand than the warmonger-in-chief has brandished through this crisis.
McCain's Desperate Appeal to the Bigots
John McCain has begun to speak for that shameful class of Americans who have predicated their own worth on their perception of blacks they compete with as inferior.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Embracing Obama's Agenda Abroad
Britain's Brown is the latest foreign leader to re-arrange his Iraq portfolio to accommodate views of the next U.S. president, Barack Obama.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
McCain Pining for Another Stroll Through the Baghdad Market, Sans Flackjacket
John McCain is pining for the day when he returns for a "peaceful stroll" through the Iraqi markets -- this time "walking freely", as he claimed he could during his last visit to the war-zone -- without the benefit of a bulletproof vest, 100 American soldiers, three Blackhawk helicopters, and two Apache gunships providing cover overhead.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Bush Offers "Time Horizons" for an Iraq Withdrawal
In a cynical attempt to appeal to the potential U.S. voters who've soured on the Iraq quagmire, the administration has replaced the language of a timeline for withdrawal with a codification of their refusal to relinquish their Iraqi prize.
Bush Surging Into Oblivion
The irony of a landmark presidential election to replace Bush -- drowning out his legacy appeal -- should not be lost on even one so ignorant as to escalate and highlight the agenda millions will mass together to oppose with their votes on election day.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Bush's Perversion of Democracy in the Middle East
Our lame-duck militarist is heading to Saudi Arabia, Monday, with a $20 billion gift basket of advanced weaponry for the anti-democratic, royal regime. That's how much this administration cares about democracy.
Friday, January 11, 2008(1 comments)
Twelve More Months of Bush's Ecclesiastic Mideast Mission
Bush is traveling in the Mideast, seeking to craft a miracle of his own out of empty, confrontational rhetoric and produce "Mideast peace" for a region which is awash in violence; much of it perpetrated by a growing number of martyrs and militants in resistance to his own bloody, military expansion into Iraq and Afghanistan.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Is Bush Finished Fighting Terrorists He Created in Iraq?
IT'S the beginning of January, and, this month finds the U.S. commanding general in Iraq satisfied that the Iraqis are going to fill the gaps left by retreating Americans and carry on with the last remaining hook the administration has used to justify their continuing occupation; the routing of 'Iraqi al-Qaeda'
Sunday, December 30, 2007(3 comments)
Bush's Sham of Democracy in Pakistan (and Iraq)
The Bush administration will be satisfied when Pakistan's government settles back into a political posture which they can claim has the legitimacy of an election -- no matter how compromised or corrupted that election may be.
Thursday, December 27, 2007(1 comments)
Bush's Falling Dominoes
BHUTTO is dead in Pakistan, and there's going to be a flurry of accusations of blame from her supporters and from her detractors as well. But, for Americans who are left to witness the reactions and retaliations, there should be no doubt that the assassination is a direct hit on the Bush administration's blundering attempts to shape their foreign policy around their manufactured aggression in Iraq.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Bush's Democrats on Iraq
At every point where Democrats were to hold the line on their demands (our demands) for a timetable or a mere commitment that Bush bring our troops home by a date certain, Democrats have done nothing but posture, and then, bend . . .
Monday, December 17, 2007(1 comments)
The Epiphany of an Iraq Withdrawal
As Britain has just demonstrated - and as our own forces in Iraq have repeatedly demonstrated with their own retreat from provinces in Iraq they had so wantonly defended for so long with the lives of thousands of our nation's defenders - there will be no measure of 'success' or 'victory' from Bush's occupation to be found, no matter how long we stay or how many resistant Iraqis our soldiers manage to kill.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Bush Will Take Everything Congress Will Allow Him in Iraq
Bush has openly signaled his intention to stage a quiet coup of sorts - within the liberating bounds of his assumed presidency - over the most controlling lever of constitutional authority those we elect to Congress have over the Executive's ability to wage war; their ability to provide or withhold money.
Thursday, November 22, 2007(1 comments)
American Gangsters in the White House
THIS generation's 'American Gangsters' are imminently more dangerous and pernicious than the pimps, drug dealers, and thieves who roam and rule over our nation's most vulnerable and malleable citizens. This generation's ruling class of thugs have been elevated to the highest levels of our government by Bush and his corporatist cronies.
Sunday, November 18, 2007(12 comments)
Reversing Bush's Imposed Legacy in the Next Administration
WHEN, and if, Bush leaves office it will take an internal revolution by the next administration to reverse and undo the damage he's done to our democracy at home and to our influence and relationship with other countries around the world.