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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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 for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Zbigniew Brzezinski has [...]

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The Japan Syndrome

By |March 12th, 2011|

**UPDATED** IWAKI, Japan AP (Mar 12, 10:42 PM EST) -- A partial meltdown was likely under way at a second nuclear reactor, a top Japanese official said Sunday, as authorities frantically tried to prevent a similar threat from nearby unit following a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. Some 170,000 people have been ordered to evacuate the [...]

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WikiLeaks Further Proves 2010 Middle East Story Is Sad

By |December 21st, 2010|

President Obama will not be thwarted on the START Treaty by Republicans, regardless of Sen. Lindsay Graham's caterwauling. Today's Republicans bear no resemblance of their hero Ronald Reagan, as Sarah Palin's recent Iran op-ed proves. Reagan was a leader on nuclear zero, but today would be run out of his own party. Playing politics with [...]

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The Difference a President Makes

By |December 20th, 2010|

If John McCain had been elected president instead of Barack Obama, the repeal of DADT would have been headed for veto at his desk. With Pres. Obama, however, it will be signed. It's things like this that make even the most annoyed voter understand why they voted for Obama, especially the people who don't pay [...]

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Can the Warmongering Torture Crowd be ‘Christians’?

By |December 16th, 2010|

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 [...]

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Wikileaks Diplo Docu Dump

By |November 29th, 2010|

Italy's Foreign Minister Frattini called the Wikileaks release the "Sept. 11 of world diplomacy." Republicans are jumping on the leak, as expected, because transparency scares the bejeezus out of the Right. Rep. Pete Hoekstra using hyperbole to say what allies might ask, "'Can the United States be trusted? Can the United States keep a secret?'" [...]

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Too Late, But Maybe Obama Will Hear Them Now

By |November 16th, 2010|

That dynamic, coupled with the GOP's post-midterm swagger, emboldened leaders to insist that the president reschedule Thursday's much-anticipated meeting until after Thanksgiving to accommodate their schedule, not his. The first post-election meeting between Obama and congressional leaders, billed by Obama as the fundamental first step in the post-election reconciliation process, will now take place Nov. [...]

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Not These Guys Again

By |October 6th, 2010|

The fat cats at the big corporations are drooling at the prospect of "Speaker Boehner," and why not? The industries giving the most to Boehner: insurance companies, drug manufacturers and Wall Street firms, all of which now face new regulations adopted by the Democratic-controlled Congress. The political action committees and employees of insurance firms, for [...]

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Spy Novel Plot Under Our Noses

By |June 29th, 2010|

I'd like to introduce you to "Richard Murphy," "Cynthia Murphy," "Donald Howard Heathfield," "Tracey Lee Ann Foley," "Michael Zottoli," Patricia Mills," "Juan Lazaro," and "Vicky Pelaez." One alleged Canadian citizen is still at large, "Christopher R. Metsos." They're all on the hot seat for felony violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, and [...]

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