Tag: Afghanistan

The Twisted Premises Implicit in the Drive for War »

On its own terms, the government’s case for war with Syria has problems. We cannot deny the monstrousness of Assad’s regime, but the Obama administration has failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the Syrian state is responsible for the particular chemical weapons atrocity that supposedly justifies a strike. Some of the very...
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The U.S. Empire’s Shameful Multiplier Effect »

Let X = number of persons who died in the USA as a result of the 9/11 attacks. X ≈ 3,000. Let Y = number of persons who have died in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan as a result of direct war violence associated with the U.S. attacks and occupations since 9/11. Y ≈ between...
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Bush Wasn’t a Conservative and Obama Isn’t a Liberal »

Americans need to stop picking the politicians they support based on how those politicians self-identify. Each of us needs to know what values we hold, and when all the evidence shows that the guy claiming to represent those values doesn’t, give up the party line. Conservatives are supposed to be for limited government—both in...
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Hurray for Washington! »

The culmination of last night’s Oscars broadcast with a Live! feed from the White House with Mrs. Obama (hangin’ with her military BFs) marks the official recognition of the Presidency as theater: like the old Western sets, no substance required. From the very beginning, President Obama was elected based on his strong delivery of...
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Obama to Restore Afghanistan Status Quo Ante »

By this time next year, Obama plans to bring the U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan down to about 32,000. For this, I’m sure many will credit him for winding down the war. Yet this is almost the exact number of troops that were there when Obama took power in January 2009. He then proceeded...
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Flying the Fascist Skies »

Boy, I miss the days when the future depicted in Terminator appeared ridiculously dystopian. The Washington Times reports: The legislation would order the FAA, before the end of the year, to expedite the process through which it authorizes the use of drones by federal, state and local police and other agencies. The FAA currently issues certificates, which...
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The Ten-Year War »

Ten years ago this Friday, the United States invaded Afghanistan. Why? To destroy the Taliban and bring democracy, we were told. The Taliban is still there. Democracy in a meaningful sense is not. And although al Qaeda is virtually absent, the fighting there rages on. Indeed, according to the UN, the violence has gone...
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Some More Book Suggestions for the 9/11 Anniversary »

Since we’re heading into the second decade of the war on terrorism, I thought I’d add to Mary’s fine recommendation that everyone read Crisis and Leviathan. I can’t strongly enough echo her suggestion, and it’s a perfect one for this time in particular. But I fear this particular crisis, to say nothing of its...
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One Man’s Waste Is Another Man’s Bonanza »

In a recently released report, the Commission on Wartime Contracting concludes that waste and fraud have consumed at least $31 billion and perhaps as much as $60 billion of the $190 billion or so that the U.S. government has expended in grants and contracts with private individuals and companies for work in Iraq and Afghanistan since fiscal 2002. According to...
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Another U.S. War for al-Qaeda »

Now we have yet another potential reason to oppose the Libya war. According to West African governments, Obama’s war is actually empowering al-Qaeda, as the terrorist group is reportedly looting weaponry from Libyan rebels. This is in addition to the fact that U.S.-supported rebels themsleves have admitted to having ties to al-Qaeda. This would...
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