US Health Care Reform: Made in…Afghanistan?

Stephen M. Walt, commenting on Obama’s recent AfPak escalation and the incongruity of domestic spending initatives vs expensive foreign military endeavours on the part of the US: As I’ve said before, Americans have come to believe that spending government revenues on U.S. citizens here at home...

Honesty and peace, they go hand in hand. And without one…

For the past eight years Bush has used the “Blame the Beaten Wife” argument against Palestinians, so his implementation of it again in his radio address today isn’t surprising.  Likewise, maybe this part of is speech isn’t surprising, either, but I think it’s worthy of closer...

Don’t bring a knife to a missile fight

Despite wanting to gather opinions from all sides concerning Israel’s latest aggression in Gaza, it’s getting to the point where I just can’t read the Israeli side anymore. For example, take this “legal” justification of the over 400 deaths in Gaza that Israel is responsible...

What’s up, Gaza?

We often hear about the violent side of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict because that’s more sensational, but we’re subjected to much less about normal, day to day life there.  So what’s normalcy in Gaza right now? Smuggled through tunnels from Egypt, sheep were not selling well in a Gaza...

Got Somethin’ Stickin’ In My Eye

The Washington Post reports today that (forcedly) retired General Eric Shinseki has been tapped by President-elect Obama to lead Veterans Affairs: Shinseki, a 38-year veteran, is best known for his four years as Army chief of staff, and in particular his response to congressional questioning in February...

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