Wednesday, November 2, 2011 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.
(1 comments) Tuesday, October 25, 2011 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.
(1 comments) Friday, April 16, 2010 What's Really Going On In Space?
'"Technology must be guided and driven by ethics if it is to do more than provide new toys for the rich." - Freeman Dyson
(1 comments) Thursday, December 10, 2009 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.
(2 comments) Thursday, December 3, 2009 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.
(4 comments) Thursday, October 29, 2009 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.
Sunday, September 13, 2009 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.
(1 comments) Friday, June 5, 2009 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.
(4 comments) Sunday, May 17, 2009 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?"
(1 comments) Saturday, May 16, 2009 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.
(1 comments) Saturday, May 9, 2009 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.
(2 comments) Saturday, March 14, 2009 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.
(8 comments) Wednesday, March 4, 2009 Proud Democratic Owners of the Afghanistan Occupation
There is something undeniably transformative about our Democratic president's escalation of the U.S. commitment in Afghanistan beyond Bush's own level of prosecution of his mission there.