The Afghanistan situation is worth analysis at two levels, that of the war itself and the domestic political effect of Obama's misguided decision to replace "Bush's war" in Iraq with his own in Afghanistan.The Afghanistan situation is worth analysis at two levels—the war itself and the political effect of Obama's decision to replace "Bush's war" in Iraq with his own in Afghanistan.
In Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, the major places of military interest to the United States today, there are indications that things are coming apart.
The lesson of modern European history -- the world wars and the great totalitarian convulsions -- is that trying to create a utopia invites disaster.
Even though Barack Obama writes that America cannot allow the burdens of the 21st century to "fall on American shoulders alone," he similarly cannot accept that the United States deviate from the globalist ambitions emphasized in the published strategies of both the Bush and Obama administrations.
The conduct of Barack Obama in the BP affair, and all that preceded it, has become to this writer all but incomprehensible. I cannot imagine a more compelling portrayal of impotence.
Though the president reiterated his promise of success, the future he outlined at West Point is hard to distinguish from what we have already been through in Iraq, with less than reassuring results.
The European Union doesn't know where it stands at this moment. NATO thinks it knows and is gambling.
The present crisis of the European Union was inherent in the creation of the institution itself.
Large and firmly implanted bureaucratic organizations are almost impossible to kill, even when they have no reason to continue to exist, as NATO has not since the Soviet Union, communism and the Warsaw Pact all collapsed.
It is a dismaying reflection that the facilitators of major violence thus far in the 21st century have been lies told by democratic governments.