A White House review of President Obama’s year-old Afghan war strategy concluded that it is “showing progress” against al-Qaeda and in Afghanistan and Pakistan but that “the challenge remains to make our gains durable and sustainable,” according to a summary document released early Thursday. – Washington Post

In the week that the latest Afghanistan war propaganda drops, we had Sen. Jon Kyl taking to a microphone to question Sen. Harry Reid’s respect for Christmas. While 60% of the public say it’s not been worth fighting.

If there was ever any doubt, Sen. Jon Kyl has now proved conclusively he’s a sanctimonious gas bag. If he’s going to be outraged about anything perhaps it should be how the Obama administration is allowing Bradley Manning to be treated. From Glenn Greenwald:

From the beginning of his detention, Manning has been held in intensive solitary confinement. For 23 out of 24 hours every day — for seven straight months and counting — he sits completely alone in his cell. Even inside his cell, his activities are heavily restricted; he’s barred even from exercising and is under constant surveillance to enforce those restrictions. For reasons that appear completely punitive, he’s being denied many of the most basic attributes of civilized imprisonment, including even a pillow or sheets for his bed (he is not and never has been on suicide watch). For the one hour per day when he is freed from this isolation, he is barred from accessing any news or current events programs. Lt. Villiard protested that the conditions are not “like jail movies where someone gets thrown into the hole,” but confirmed that he is in solitary confinement, entirely alone in his cell except for the one hour per day he is taken out.

But this doesn’t matter to Kyl, because Republicans dig extreme punishment. Now so do Democrats, who have also remained silent.

Mr. Kyl’s offensive statement this week wreaks of hypocrisy.

“It is impossible to do all of the things that the majority leader laid out without doing – frankly, without disrespecting the institution and without disrespecting one of the two holiest of holidays for Christians and the families of all of the Senate, not just the senators themselves but all of the staff.”

Who is a better Christian?, Kyl challenges. Considering the policies practiced by the U.S. Senate of both parties, I’d say the Congress falls woefully short. Millionaires and billionaires are getting tax breaks, but nobody is particularly bothered about the poverty rate in this country or that the “99ers” have no way out from a further downward spiral. Nobody in the Senate or White House cared enough to make sure DADT didn’t come down to the last day in 2010 either. Nobody in the Congress has the moral high ground on Christianity, never mind that Congress shouldn’t be worried about anyone’s religion, because it’s none of their fricking business.

However, this drivel coming from a war mongering Republican like Jon Kyl, who would rather risk nuclear disaster than take on the importance of a new Start Treaty, or look at the realities in Afghanistan, from Karzai’s ineptitude and corruption to the signals Gen. McChrystal’s implosion reveals, is really the height of hypocrisy.

As our troops sit on the front lines of Iraq, a war that’s clearly finished, but also Afghanistan, which has been proven in 2010 is no longer simply about al Qaeda, but has turned into a nation building exercise that Gen. McChrystal proved isn’t amounting to much, Sen. Jon Kyl bitching about working at Christmas is nothing short of offensive.