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AP / Susan Walsh

Dear Barack, Spare Me Your E-Mails

Obama’s faux populism is beginning to grate, and when yet another one of those “we the people” e-mails from the president landed on my screen as I was fishing around for a column subject, I came unglued.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE


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McChrystal: Defeating Bin Laden, Taliban Key to Afghanistan Victory

This may sound more like a press release from Captain Obvious than incisive strategic commentary from one of our nation’s top military leaders, but lest it be overlooked, Gen. Stanley McChrystal recommends that the U.S. capture Osama Bin Laden and push back on the Taliban as two crucial action items on America’s to-do list for Afghanistan.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE


‘The Great Global Security Underwriter’ Will Pay a High Price

Why, if the electorate is less than enthusiastic about providing global underwriting, and would like to see others provide their own insurance, does Washington persist in its role?

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE


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State Department to Drop ArmorGroup’s Kabul Contract

Tough break, ArmorGroup North America. The U.S. State Department has decided not to re-up its contract with the rent-a-guard company that made the worst kind of headlines earlier this year with lurid stories about, and compromising photographs of, AGNA’s alarmingly hard-partying Kabul embassy crew.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE


No Exit









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Larry’s List: Rainy Day Edition

It’s pouring in Larry HQ, which makes it a better time than ever to read about guns and gals, China and America’s inferiority complex, military anthropologists and more. Soak it up after the jump.  Many, many updates

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Jens Meyer

Liberals Are Useless

The gravest danger we face as a nation is not from the far right, although it may well inherit power, but from a bankrupt liberal class that has lost the will to fight and the moral courage to stand up for what it espouses.

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 READ MORE


Nation Building









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Forward March









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White House / Pete Souza

The Health Care Race to Christmas

President Obama’s speech on Afghanistan and his subsequent jobs summit underscored why it’s essential to get a health care bill done quickly.

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 READ MORE


‘Mosaic’: The Real Reason Behind Obama’s Afghan Surge

Something just doesn’t add up about the stated logic of sending 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, says Jamal Dajani, who has a theory about the president’s real reason for escalating the war.

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Joerg Sarbach

These Iranian Troubadours Show How Music Can Corrupt the Soul

Music and Islam have a dodgy relationship. I guess it’s really all to do with that most jealously guarded commodity, the human soul, over which music exerts such passion.

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama’s Undoing?; Tiger’s Foul Play

So, President Obama finally announced his long-awaited decision to increase the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Will it be his undoing? At least on this week’s “Left, Right & Center,” opinions on left and right converge, although for different reasons. And how about the latest unemployment figures—what, only 11,000 jobs lost? We’re doing less-worse than ever, but are we doing better? And is there any reason to take Tiger Woods to task for his alleged infidelities? 

Posted on Dec 4, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Otero

Why Obama’s Strategy Won’t Succeed

Even if the surge works, why wouldn’t al-Qaida—or some like-minded group—simply set up shop in Somalia? Or in Yemen, another failing state?

Posted on Dec 3, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Lawrence Jackson

Obama’s Surge in Afghanistan Hardly a Surprise

There was much disappointment on Tuesday night about Barack Obama’s decision to widen the war in Afghanistan, but there can have been no real surprise.

Posted on Dec 3, 2009 READ MORE


Obama’s Goldilocks Strategy

Obama’s surge in Afghanistan is a political loser, but in the short term he’ll get what he wants.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE


The Crushing Legacy of Bush and Cheney

Now it’s “Obama’s war,” but we should not ignore the events that led us to this moment and the inexplicable decisions of the Bush administration.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE


Charlie Brown

Good Grief, Barack Obama!

In addition to all the other problematic things we might point out about President Obama’s West Point speech Tuesday night, there’s also the troubling, scheduling-related factoid that the broadcast of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” was bumped out in favor of Obama’s highly anticipated Afghanistan oration.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN



U.S. Army / Spc. David J. Marshall

We ‘Support’ the Troops by Burdening Them More

By escalating an unnecessary conflict, President Barack Obama runs the risk of damaging many more Americans through PTSD and other human consequences of warfare. We are heaping upon members of the military more responsibility, more work, more war, more physical and psychological trauma.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE


Friedman and Stewart

Friedman, Stewart Critique Obama’s Afghanistan Plan

“I overreacted,” New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman admits to Jon Stewart about his initial support of the Iraq war in 2003 in this clip from Tuesday’s “Daily Show.” However, Friedman is still writing columns and selling books, such as his latest, “Hot, Flat, and Crowded,” so perhaps bad journalistic deeds still go unpunished in some media circles.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN



Larry’s List: West Point Hangover Edition

A few of the morsels that landed in Larry’s web this post-escalation day: How to protest a homophobic protester, Obama speech aftermath, digitizing Da Vinci and much, much more. Update

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE


Beck and Colbert

‘Colbert Report’: Obama Answers to GI Joe

As usual, Glenn Beck exhibits an, um, unusual political sensibility in his analysis of Barack Obama’s West Point speech and the president’s plan to send 30,000 more American troops to Afghanistan. Luckily, Stephen Colbert is on hand to translate Beck’s logic puzzles with the help of his other favorite plastic friends, GI Joe and My Little Pony.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Charles Dharapak

Here We Go Again

After 30 years of failure, and thanks to the political opportunism of the current commander in chief, the Afghanistan war is still without end or logical purpose.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama Makes It Official: 30,000 More U.S. Troops to Head to Afghanistan

He took his time to mull it over, and in a speech at West Point on Tuesday night President Barack Obama announced his decision about what course of action to take in Afghanistan, affirming reports that he plans to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to push back on the resurgent Taliban and to try to establish some semblance of stability in the war-scarred country.

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Charles Rex Arbogast

Kucinich on Obama’s Escalation: Great Speech, Bad Policy

The other “peace candidate” in the 2008 Democratic primary isn’t thrilled with the president’s order to radically escalate the war in Afghanistan, no matter if there’s an exit strategy: “What are we going to learn in 18 months that we haven’t already learned in the last eight years?”

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AP / Charles Rex Arbogast

Kucinich on Obama’s Escalation: Great Speech, Bad Policy

The other “peace candidate” in the 2008 Democratic primary isn’t thrilled with the president’s order to radically escalate the war in Afghanistan, no matter if there’s an exit strategy: “What are we going to learn in 18 months that we haven’t already learned in the last eight years?”

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Finishing the Job









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Good Luck









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Rep. Dennis Kucinich Addresses Escalation in Afghanistan

Rep. Dennis Kucinich writes, “An escalation of the war in Afghanistan at a time of such economic dislocation and hardship raises questions about America’s priorities. ...”

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Afghan Surge Edition

All eyes are on the president and his planned escalation of the war in Afghanistan, but there’s plenty else worth clicking on, such as Uganda’s “execute gays” law, zombie Reagan and more. Update

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Artur Shvartsberg

The Audacity of Obama’s Hopeful Exit Strategy

Thanks to high-level leaks, we now know semiofficially that President Obama plans to deploy 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, that he will announce a time frame for withdrawal and that his exit strategy (as well as Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s) depends on the expansion of the dysfunctional Afghanistan National Army. (continued) Update

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 READ MORE


Obama at Arlington Cemetery
Original photo cropped: White House Photo / Pete Souza

Michael Moore to Obama: ‘Say It Isn’t So’

On the eve of President Obama’s speech at West Point, one of his more media-savvy supporters, filmmaker Michael Moore, sent out a pre-emptive missive to the would-be “new war president,” predicting the fallout that Obama will face if he follows through with his reported plan to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan.

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Cyber Monday Edition

No bargains here, just the news and notes that caught the eye of esteemed scholar and infomaniac Larry Gross.  Mega updates

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Marie Brown

The Charge of the Light Brigade

Perhaps inspired by reports that President Obama plans to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, Gordon Brown said Monday that Great Britain would deploy an additional 500 soldiers to the region. (continued)

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AP / Kiichiro Sato

Addicted to Nonsense

Will Tiger Woods finally talk to the police? Who will replace Oprah? We stand on the cusp of one of the most seismic events in human history and our obsessions revolve around the trivial and the absurd.

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 READ MORE


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Catch Up on the News With Larry’s List: Thanksgiving Weekend Edition

It’s been a long holiday weekend of gratitude and family strife, yet somehow the world continues to turn. Here comes Larry Gross with an update of all that’s new and interesting.

Posted on Nov 29, 2009 READ MORE


Peace Removement









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U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Derrick C. Good

U.S. Still Running Secret Jails

Human rights researchers and former detainees agree: Despite its stated goal of improving detention conditions, the U.S. continues to run a secret prison in Afghanistan, a site that holds inmates, sometimes for weeks at a time, without access to outside groups such as the Red Cross. Another such U.S. jail is said to exist in Iraq.

Posted on Nov 28, 2009 READ MORE



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Top German Soldier Quits Over Cover-Up

Germany’s top soldier, army chief Wolfgang Schneiderhan, has resigned over accusations of a cover-up after officials withheld information about a NATO airstrike that killed dozens of civilians in Afghanistan.

Posted on Nov 26, 2009 READ MORE


Understanding Our Hollow ‘Centrists’

The puzzling thing about politicians of either party who claim to be “centrist” or “moderate” is how much they sometimes sound like party-line right-wing Republicans.

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Report: Obama to Expand Afghan War by 50 Percent

President Obama won’t unveil his plans for Afghanistan until next week, but military officials tell the AP he intends to escalate the war by sending up to 35,000 additional troops. Press secretary Robert Gibbs said the plan would include an exit strategy, but that’s little consolation for the doves who got Obama elected. (continued)

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 READ MORE


JFK

Delay Worked for Kennedy

With Vietnam, John F. Kennedy counted on the fact that one of the most effective ways to take a decision is to postpone it until it no longer is relevant. This is what Barack Obama has been able to do until now.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Epioles

Books, Not Bombs

With President Barack Obama’s Afghanistan war strategy soon to be announced, the juxtaposition of education cuts and military increases is incensing many, and helping to build a movement.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE


Obama and Singh
White House / Samantha Appleton

Obama Hints at ‘Comprehensive’ Afghanistan Plan

Those who hoped that President Barack Obama would consider withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan anytime soon are likely to be disappointed, judging by the hints Obama dropped about his plans for America’s military involvement in the volatile South Asian nation.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE


Obama’s Third Way in Afghanistan

The president’s mix-and-match approach to Afghanistan will make no one very happy. Yet it might be the least dangerous choice.

Posted on Nov 22, 2009 READ MORE


Battlefield in the War of Ideas

If killing a terrorist in Kandahar creates one in Killeen, we’ll never make progress.

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Sgt. Mark Fayloga

Intelligentsia Against Intelligence

Any hope that we aren’t turning into a full-on slobbering idiocracy was snuffed out last week by two of the Washington intelligentsia’s most respected voices.

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Chuck Kennedy

The Afghanistan Speech Obama Should Give (but Won’t)

President Obama will undoubtedly address the American people on whatever decision he makes about the war in Afghanistan. Every sign indicates that it will not sound like this.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009 READ MORE


Clinton in Afghanistan
AP / Anja Niedringhaus

Clinton Signals a ‘Critical Moment’ for Afghanistan

Sounding a cautionary, and cautiously optimistic, note on the eve of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s second inauguration, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pointed to a crucial “window of opportunity” for Afghanistan as she called for Karzai and his administration to tackle the corruption issue within their government.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE


Hungering for a True Thanksgiving

“Over 1 billion people are chronically hungry,” says the U.N., yet it would take only $44 billion per year to end hunger globally.

Posted on Nov 17, 2009 READ MORE


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