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armybase.us

McChrystal Draws Support, Scorn on Capitol Hill

What’s the right way for a top general to advise the president about wartime strategy? What if his recommended strategy is potentially at odds with the president’s preferred course of action? Gen. Stanley McChrystal ran up against these questions in recent days, and not everyone in Washington thinks he handled his part in the matter appropriately.

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Jae C. Hong

The Missing Health Care Debate

One way to give people a good deal on their health care is the so-called public option. A better way is the kind of strong regulation that isn’t even being discussed.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama Expected to Address Gay Rights Group

This may not be one of his easiest speeches to deliver, considering his less than harmonious relationship with the audience, but President Barack Obama is reportedly planning to make some remarks during the Human Rights Campaign’s dinner Saturday in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Put a Sock in it, Stan

How to proceed in Afghanistan will be among the most difficult and fateful decisions that President Obama ever makes. But he’s the one who has to decide, not his generals.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE


Black Hawk in Afghanistan
Flickr / U.S. Army

Team Obama Split on Afghanistan Question

Last week, Gen. Stanley McChrystal made his case, very directly and publicly, that the window of opportunity for “winning” in Afghanistan won’t be open indefinitely and that troop increases are crucial to that strategy. But is he right? Not everyone in or orbiting the White House these days is completely sold.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Pressures Senate on Public Option

Like a reluctant Sisyphus, the president is still pushing the public option up Capitol Hill. According to a report in the L.A. Times, Obama has been trying to sell moderate Democrats on the idea. That’s no easy task, as many have taken gobs of money from the private health industry and coincidentally oppose meaningful reform.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

War Kills Off Great Reform Movements

The hawks urging President Obama to escalate the war in Afghanistan have no interest in his domestic policy. The 20th century is a graveyard of good ideas that lost out to war.

Posted on Oct 4, 2009 READ MORE



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Pox Americana: The Real Cost of Bailing Out Wall Street

In the 20th century, smallpox killed more people than all of that bloody century’s wars combined. It cost $300 million to eradicate the disease. What might have been achieved with the $4 trillion we gave Wall Street?

Posted on Oct 4, 2009 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Jobs, Health, War, Sex!

That last bit in the headline isn’t just to get your attention—there are a few valid reasons for its inclusion among this week’s “LRC” topics (paging Roman Polanski ... or was that David Letterman?). However, more substantial fare precedes that part of the discussion, including talk of unemployment, Wall Street’s most wanted, and Obama’s growing Afghanistan problem.

Posted on Oct 2, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Chicago
U.S. Presswire / Jerry Lai

Chicago Booted From Olympic Running

The 2016 Summer Olympics will not find their home in the Windy City: Chicago was eliminated Friday in the competition to host the Games and the honor was given to Rio de Janeiro, marking the first time the Olympics will take place in South America.

Posted on Oct 2, 2009 READ MORE


‘Socialism’ and Sham in the Senate

Listening closely to the politicians with the most clout in the debate over health care, it is startling to discover how little they actually seem to know about the subject.

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE


Who’s in Charge: Obama, Congress or the Military?

The Washington Establishment clearly believes elected officials should defer to the military, no matter what that pesky Constitution says.

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE



capitalismalovestory.com

Capitalism Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

Michael Moore’s latest look at what’s wrong (and right) with America is a lot better—and a lot more radical—than some of the brie-eaters reviewing it think. It’s a cry from the soul of a man who sees the whole country turning into his hometown hell of Flint, Mich.

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE



DoD / MC1 Chad J. McNeeley

Obama’s Afghanistan Dilemma

During his presidential campaign, Barack Obama repeatedly called for expanding the war in Afghanistan. Be careful what you wish for.

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE


The Public Option Only Looks Dead

The strangest aspect of the debate over a public option for health coverage is that the centrists who oppose it should actually love it.

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE


A Question of Health—and Equality

My favorite moment so far in the health care debate was when Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl argued against mandating maternity benefits as part of a basic insurance coverage. “I don’t need maternity care,” he blurted out. At which point, Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow quipped, “I think your mom probably did.”

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE


Iran nuclear program
payvand.com

U.S. to Huddle With Iran on Its Nuclear Plans

American diplomats are gearing up to carefully broach the topic of Tehran’s nuclear program with their Iranian counterparts during a summit on the subject in Geneva on Thursday, thus potentially going further than President Obama had been able to venture in earlier negotiation efforts.

Posted on Sep 30, 2009 READ MORE


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Secret Service Investigating Facebook Poll

The U.S. Secret Service investigates all threats against the life of the president, including a recent user-generated Facebook poll that asked whether the president should be killed. The social networking giant has disabled the survey, which, according to CNN, carried the possible answers “yes,” “maybe,” “if he cuts my health care” and “no.”  —PS

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 READ MORE


In Europe, the Left Has Run Out of Gas

While the Republican leadership in the United States would have people believe that the country is being remorselessly driven to the far left under Barack Obama, European voters are moving toward the right.

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 READ MORE


Stewart

‘Daily Show’: Better Socialism Through Performance Art

Are America’s “culture wars” being backed by the NEA? Will President Obama marshal a shadow army of deft performance artists and elementary school teachers to brainwash Americans into a state of mass compliance as he enacts his Socialist Agenda™? The people at Fox News clearly haven’t seen a lot of bad performance art if they really believe their own racket.

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Rasmussen and Obama
AP / Gerald Herbert

Obama Meets With NATO Chief on Afghan Strategy

President Barack Obama is under major pressure to sort out the future U.S. commitment and plan of action in Afghanistan, and thus his work was cut out for him during his huddle Tuesday with NATO leader Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Lynne Sladky

Washington Plays the Idiot With Guantanamo

With the arrest of Najbullah Zazi, the man allegedly behind the biggest terror plot since 9/11, the truth is clearer than ever: Law enforcement stops terrorism. Not secret island prisons.

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 READ MORE


Manuel Zelaya
ABR / Ricardo Stuckert

U.S. Critical of Zelaya, Honduran Government

Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya (above) shouldn’t have returned to his home turf before striking some kind of agreement with the regime that seized power during last summer’s coup, according to Lewis Amselem, U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States—but Amselem also fired off some words of official disapproval about said regime while he was at it.

Posted on Sep 28, 2009 READ MORE


Iranian missile test

Iran Aiming to Provoke With Missile Tests?

Is the Iranian regime taking a page from North Korea with its recent, potentially provocative displays of missile-launching power? Or are those preplanned exercises (nothing to see here, move along, folks)? Or, as White House press wrangler Robert Gibbs suggests, a little bit of both?

Posted on Sep 28, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN



mgx.com

Gitmo Deadline May Be Missed

Senior White House officials have made it known that the self-imposed deadline for closing Guantanamo by January, one of the first orders laid down by Barack Obama as president, may have to be extended as legal and logistical questions prevent the U.S. from regaining its “moral high ground.”

Posted on Sep 28, 2009 READ MORE


Massachusetts Looks for Life After Teddy

All the Democrats running to replace the late senator are on a Be-Like-Ted ticket, but there are degrees of Ted-ness. Who will win the heart of this state that loves liberals, tradition and Kennedys?

Posted on Sep 27, 2009 READ MORE


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Richard Ellis

Lowered Expectations

President Obama has lowered the bar for December’s Copenhagen climate change conference by talking down the importance of arriving at an agreement on global warming by the end of the year. Obama’s position contradicts the United Nations and others who see the conference in Denmark as a crucial moment for stemming climate change.

Posted on Sep 26, 2009 READ MORE


Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Could Get Much Worse if Tolerated

God’s specific instruction to the Jewish people to reoccupy Jerusalem and the Palestinian West Bank stands in the way of peace, but President Obama must get results—and fast—before the situation deteriorates.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009 READ MORE


g20
EPA / Win McNamee

G-20 Muscles G-7 Aside

It looks like the G-20 is set to permanently replace the G-7 as the world’s dominant economic forum, an indirect admission that there was something unfair about the world’s seven wealthiest countries deciding economic policy for the entire globe.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009 READ MORE


Iran
news.bbc.co.uk

Obama Outs Iranian Nuclear Site

Following Thursday’s U.N. Security Council resolution aimed at halting nuclear proliferation, President Obama announced Friday that Iran has concealed a partly built second uranium enrichment plant. The Iranians admitted existence of the plant but asserted that it would be used only for peaceful purposes.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Let Blue Dogs Face the Music

The president is protecting the very Democrats who are tanking his agenda by saving them from having to face tough primaries.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009 READ MORE


Glenn Beck the Frog Killer?

Yes, a frog. An innocent amphibian caught in the crossfire (or was it?). It turns out that crazy+television may not be dangerous just to humans.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Indian nuke
AP / Ajit Kumar

Curb Your Nuclear Proliferation

A U.N. Security Council session led by President Obama has adopted a resolution calling for nuclear disarmament, focusing largely on measures aimed at halting weapons proliferation and lowering the risk of “nuclear terrorism.”

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE


Charity Should Begin With Charities

If the uninsured can’t count on the do-gooders to help them, where else can they turn?

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE


Glenn Beck
AP / Mike Mergen

The Truth About Two Racists—Beck and Limbaugh

Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh like to call the president a racist. They should know. The media provocateurs long ago established that they are bigots through and through.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama TV: How the President Revived Health Care

By monopolizing the airwaves with his calm rationality, President Obama has retaken control of the national health care debate, which was beginning to descend into ideological hysteria.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE


A Puzzling, Dangerous U.S. Policy Comes to an End

President Barack Obama’s cancellation of his predecessor’s missile-defense scheme for Poland and the Czech Republic presumably brings to a close one of the least explicable and most dangerous American policy initiatives since the Cold War officially ended.

Posted on Sep 23, 2009 READ MORE


troops in Afghanistan
Flickr / U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Marcus J. Quarterman

McChrystal to Send Troop Request by Week’s End

The Obama administration is reconsidering its Afghanistan strategy in light of Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s startling “mission failure” warning. It’s unclear whether the White House will go along with McChrystal’s call for up to 40,000 more troops—but the general is apparently going to go ahead with his request over the next few days.

Posted on Sep 23, 2009 READ MORE


Obama at the UN
AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama: No Preconditions on Mideast Peace Talks

So, things didn’t go so well Tuesday for Barack Obama and his honored guests, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the latter of whom refused to budge on the contentious issue of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Well, now President Obama is doing some not-budging of his own on the issue, as he told the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.

Posted on Sep 23, 2009 READ MORE


Obams
AP / Charles Dharapak

Saving the Obama Revolution

The Obama revolution, and there was the hope of one, might still succeed. But only if Barack Obama follows the model of the incredibly successful Reagan revolution and heeds the political base that made his presidency possible.

Posted on Sep 22, 2009 READ MORE


President Zelaya and the Audacity of Action

Manuel Zelaya, the democratically elected president of Honduras, is back in his country after being deposed in a military coup June 28.

Posted on Sep 22, 2009 READ MORE


Obama and Middle Eastern leaders
AP / Charles Dharapak

Mideast Peace Talks Yield Only a Handshake

So much for President Obama’s hopes to make progress in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict this week. After meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Obama had little to show for his time with the two leaders beyond the symbolic level of a tentative handshake to open their discussion at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Posted on Sep 22, 2009 READ MORE


Pentagon
teachersparadise.com

Pentagon Puts a Hold on Troop Increase Request

Although the word is already out that Gen. Stanley McChrystal is about to submit a formal request to the White House to send more American troops to Afghanistan, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the Pentagon has told McChrystal to wait, perhaps to let the Obama administration reconsider its next move.

Posted on Sep 22, 2009 READ MORE


Obama

Turning the Tide on Climate Change

President Obama held forth about the need to move quickly and “together” on the problem of global warming in a speech Tuesday at the United Nations. “Our prosperity, our health and our safety are in jeopardy and the time we have to reverse this tide is running out—and yet we can reverse it,” he said.

Posted on Sep 22, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Obama: ‘I Was Actually Black Before the Election’

The president showed up on the “Late Show With David Letterman” on Monday (if you broadcast it, he will come) and responded to Jimmy Carter’s speculation that racism is to blame for some of the nasty behavior of his detractors.

Posted on Sep 21, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN



U.S. Marine Corps / Sgt. Pete Thibodeau

It Came From Afghanistan

It’s hard to read Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s assessment of the Afghanistan war without hearing one of those horror-movie voices that seems to come from everywhere and nowhere, a voice that grows louder and more insistent with every page: “Get out. Get out. Get out.”

Posted on Sep 21, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / David Boyle

Newspaper Bailout? Maybe, but Don’t Hold Your Breath

President Obama says the kind of journalism done by newspapers is “absolutely critical to the health of our democracy” and he’s “happy to look at” proposals to save “fact-based reporting.” But don’t expect the newspaper-junkie-in-chief to break out the keys to the bailout vault anytime soon.

Posted on Sep 21, 2009 READ MORE


Obama

Obama on Racist Rhetoric, Health Care Craziness and Rude News

This just in from President Obama: Being rude is the easiest way to get airtime. Well, at least that’s his take on the lows to which public discourse has sunk of late, especially concerning the keenly contentious issue that is health care reform.

Posted on Sep 20, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Barack Obama
White House / Pete Souza

Obama Won’t Buckle Under on Torture Inquiry

Seven former heads of the CIA formally requested that President Obama halt an ongoing inquiry into suspect abuse (aka torture) by the agency, arguing that important CIA work would be hampered by such an investigation. Obama didn’t bite, claiming that “nobody’s above the law.” Except George W. Bush, it seems.

Posted on Sep 20, 2009 READ MORE


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