Pres. Obama’s Deficit Debacle, National Security, and Warmaking

By |August 3rd, 2011|

I've been reading a lot about the Pentagon's possible budget hit, with analysis all over the map. What this proves conclusively is that no one knows what will happen. That's the real rub in Obama's debt ceiling debacle. No one can possibly know the specifics in outlying years. There are too many unknown unknowables, to [...]

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Biden on Point, while Republicans Balk at ‘Professor Obama’s lectures’

By |August 2nd, 2011|

It always comes down to relationships and Pres. Obama just doesn't have them. Joe does. An interesting back story put together by Politico's Glenn Thrush, Carrie Budoff Brown, Manu Raju and John Breshnahan. [...] With the talks going nowhere Saturday morning, the White House made "our last play," according to a senior administration [...]

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‘In the News’, Politics and Beyond

By |July 17th, 2011|

"In the News" is now its own blog, since our upgrade. You can tweet or FB any post there, too. Anyone can post or cross-post from his or her blog. It's getting quite a lot of reader traffic. Give it a try! Post a news blurb about anything, including items non-political. I was pretty surprised [...]

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TPaw Flatlines, While Everyone Waits for Perry

By |July 13th, 2011|

**UPDATED** Frankly, I wouldn't even be writing this piece if it wasn't for Tim Pawlenty falling off the grid, because early polls aren't very illustrative. It's just that even after "Meet the Press," debates and pimping the press, he still can't get any respect. I don't know how it gets any worse for TPaw, someone [...]

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Obama’s ‘Deal of the Century’ for Republicans

By |July 5th, 2011|

If you want one reason why Barack Obama doesn't deserve reelection this is it. If the Republican Party were a normal party, it would take advantage of this amazing moment. It is being offered the deal of the century: trillions of dollars in spending cuts in exchange for a few hundred million dollars of revenue [...]

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Senators Merkeley & Udall: ‘Let’s Not Linger in Afghanistan’

By |July 5th, 2011|

As a liberal who supported Pres. Obama's Afghanistan plan when he first began it, I simply do not understand how anyone can support it today, at least not when judging what's in U.S. interests. From their New York Times op-ed today: Nineteen months ago the president announced the surge strategy in hopes of stabilizing Afghanistan [...]

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Joe Biden Won the Afghanistan Debate

By |June 23rd, 2011|

It's all about Pakistan now. Pres. Obama felt compelled to tell the whole history of why we're in Afghanistan in a bloated, if shorter than usual address to the nation, but this is where he should have started: By the time I took office, the war in Afghanistan had entered its seventh year. [...]

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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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New York Times: Pakistan Arrests CIA Bin Laden Informants

By |June 15th, 2011|

With friends like these... Pakistan's top military spy agency has arrested some of the Pakistani informants who fed information to the Central Intelligence Agency in the months leading up to the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, according to American officials. Pakistan's detention of five C.I.A. informants, including a Pakistani Army [...]

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Panetta in Pakistan

By |June 10th, 2011|

Coming after his confirmation hearings for SecDef, Leon Panetta arrives in Pakistan: CIA director Leon Panetta arrived here Friday on an unannounced visit that marked his first trip to Pakistan since al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a Navy SEAL raid more than a month ago, U.S. and Pakistani officials said. Panetta's visit [...]

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