Hillary Clinton & McConnell Illustrate the Worst Side of Foreign Policy Politics

By |June 24th, 2011|

When Sec. Clinton was first chosen for her job at State some were skeptical she'd have Pres. Obama's back when it was needed. There was never a doubt in my mind, however, that she would not only be a team player, but one of Pres. Obama's strongest advocates. It's who she is, because she knows [...]

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Obama’s Afghanistan Pitch Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test

By |June 22nd, 2011|

ThinkProgress has assembled the following graph showing that if the reductions are carried out as planned, the United States would still have far more troops in Afghanistan than it did when Obama came into office and more than at any point during former president George W. Bush's administration... - Think Progress At the end of [...]

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Comes a Worrisome ‘Gentleman’ Candidate

By |June 22nd, 2011|

If anything, it's McCain and Graham who are nurturing a rebirth of isolationism by going for the easy insult. Isolationism is an actual doctrine, with a rich and complicated intellectual history on the left and the right. It is not an adjective that can be accurately applied to anyone who disagrees with a specific course [...]

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Kerry & McCain’s Fig Leaf for Libya

By |June 21st, 2011|

Allowing the trivialization of the War Powers Act to stand will open the way for even more blatant acts of presidential war-making in the decades ahead. Congress must confront the increasingly politicized methods White House lawyers are using to circumvent established law and stop them from transforming it into an infinitely malleable instrument of presidential [...]

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LA Times Report: 10,000 Force Drawdown in Afghanistan this Year

By |June 21st, 2011|

**UPDATED** President Obama plans to announce a troop reduction in Afghanistan that Pentagon and other administration officials say is expected to bring home about 10,000 personnel by the end of the year. - Obama expected to announce major Afghan drawdown Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Zbigniew Brzezinski has [...]

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Olbermann Relaunches ‘Countdown’ on Current

By |June 21st, 2011|

At our house, we’re moving to a new media provider for many reasons, with the bonus being Keith Olbermann (we’re paying for a higher tier to get Current), because Current is carried by our new carrier, though we won’t have it for a couple of weeks. That Current is Al Gore’s baby is another plus. It’s great to see his “worst persons” come back, especially with Sarah Palin, as well as Fox News channel, getting honors tonight, which you can see online over at Current. Libya is spotlighted in the clip below, but it’s on a separate page, because Current doesn’t have the “auto off” feature working. It’s interesting to see Michael Moore reveal how thoroughly he misunderstood candidate Obama on foreign policy simply because of one speech, though it no longer surprises me. When it came to paying attention to details, Mr. Moore was like a lot of people who simply missed reality. Can’t wait until the media switch over at our house. Agree or disagree with Olbermann, nobody does it like him. Oh, and to add, if anyone saw the entire episode I’d love to hear what you thought. The pictures Olbermann showed of the set looked fabulous. Michael Moore and Olbermann on Libya after the jump… […]

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Progressive Notes: CPC to Tour America for People’s Budget, Full Employment Act, Boxer Tells It and Other Happenings

By |June 18th, 2011|

Art offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist. Russ Feingold is reportedly pondering a run for either governor or senate in Wisconsin. And boy he let it rip this week at a labor rally. He struck at corporate power and our weak willed pols who won't stand up to it. Its a moving speech. [...]

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Speaker Boehner to Pres. Obama **UPDATED**

By |June 16th, 2011|

A debate has actually broken out between Congress and the Executive Branch about what we're doing in Libya: "The White House says there are no hostilities taking place, yet we've got drone attacks under way, we're spending $10 million a day, [and] part of the mission is to drop bombs on [Libyan dictator Moammar] Gadhafi's [...]

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Lawmakers Sue Pres. Obama Over Libya **UPDATED**

By |June 15th, 2011|

Let it be known that the 15th day in June 2011, ten brave members of the United States Congress have found the Institution's spine, assembled it, and however rickety the experience will be, as they haven't used it for a very long time, are taking on the Executive Branch on the War Powers Act. From [...]

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Cue Obama’s Next Non-War Speech for Yemen

By |June 14th, 2011|

This is another edition in empire. Pres. Obama started bombing Libya out of humanitarian reasoning, with there no strategic interest there for the U.S. Now he's turning to Yemen, which is no doubt a dangerous place that does have wider implications. However, why is everyone just shrugging at his Executive hubris? Why is he getting [...]

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