Playing politics with lives

I don’t want to say I reluctantly voted for Obama.  I was never totally enamored with him, but during the 2008 campaign I can’t say I didn’t feel the hope, either.  Finally, a younger candidate who wasn’t bred out of the older, Clinton and Bush-esqe generation of national politicians...

Peace and Nationalism in the Middle East

Matthew Yglesias has some interesting thoughts on conflicting values for progressives in the Israel-Palestinian conflict: I was debating with Jon Chait at a J Street panel this morning on the subject of “what does it mean to be pro-Israel?” As expected, we disagreed on a number of points, most of which I...

The Surge a Success? Ask an Iraqi.

Chris Floyd links to an opinion piece by Sami Ramadani, an Iraqi exile who opposed the U.S. invasion. Ramadani writes about post-surge Iraq in the context of Sunday’s suicide bombing, which at most recent count has killed over 150 people — including an unknown number of children — and...

Response from U.S. and World Leaders to Obama and the Nobel Peace Prize

Sen. John McCain and Minnesota’s Gov. Tim Pawlenty, at least, chose the classy route. McCain told Greg Sargent through his press spokesperson, “I congratulate President Obama on receiving this prestigious award. I join my fellow Americans in expressing pride in our President on this occasion.”...

Question of the moment

By giving a peace prize to a president who hasn’t yet been in office for a year (indeed, he was nominated for the prize only two weeks after taking office), thus we haven’t seen the result of his policies in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and Israel/Palestine (to mention nothing of the smaller...

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...

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