A Wicked Man Continues to Spout His Wickedness

Emptywheel (aka Marcy Wheeler) examines Dick Cheney’s latest rantings — on missile defense, on Iraq and Afghanistan, on America’s success in keeping its moral bearings while torturing confessions out of prisoners, on how his administration’s policies kept us safe (except for 9/11...

Thomas Friedman Is Unbearable Today

In other words, it’s a typical Friedman column. Today, he tells Pres. Obama what he should say in his Oslo acceptance speech. Long story short, he wants Obama to give a GWB speech. Of course, GWB did not win the Nobel Peace Prize. He did not win the Nobel Peace Prize because his “Who are you...

It’s Not Insubordination When the CINC Is Barack Obama

Earlier today, the British paper Telegraph reported on Pres. Obama’s response to Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s very public criticism of the approach Obama is taking to Afghanistan: According to sources close to the administration, Gen McChrystal shocked and angered presidential advisers with the...

Peter Galbraith on the Fraudulent Afghan Elections

Galbraith’s op-ed in today’s Washington Post is an important read for anyone wanting to understand why sending more troops to Afghanistan is doomed to failure. Here is a key paragraph: Afghanistan’s presidential election, held Aug. 20, should have been a milestone in the country’s...

Afghanistan, Strategy, and Learning From Mistakes

Pres. Obama is considering revamping Afghanistan strategy toward an approach that does not involve sending more troops: President Obama is exploring alternatives to a major troop increase in Afghanistan, including a plan advocated by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to scale back American forces and focus...

The McChrystal Report on Afghanistan

The big news story today is Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s report on Afghanistan, leaked to the Washington Post, in which he basically gives Pres. Obama an ultimatum: Give me more troops or we lose the war. The commentary on the WaPo article is voluminous, but this piece by Ann Jones at The Huffington Post...

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