Obligatory Wikileaks Cablegate Post.

Still working my way through #cablegate, so for now am going to highlight several items posted by others that preliminarily stood out for yours truly (more below the fold): Sean Paul Kelley notes that, despite repeated overstatements by hyperbolic US officials regarding the (not-so) lethal outcomes of...

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...

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...

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.”...

Why Obama? Why Now? For What?

These are the questions that pretty much everyone has been asking — in tones ranging from the pleased but perplexed to the pissed-off to the rude and hostile to the outright contemptuous — since early yesterday morning, when the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced to the world that the winner of...

Kristol Calls for “Targeted Air Strikes” on North Korea

What other answer would you expect Bill Kristol to give when directly asked what the U.S. should do about North Korea? And Matthew Yglesias wonders why he keeps getting the bully pulpit to say that he’s philosophically opposed to any option but war: As you probably know, a certain number of people are...

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