Tag: Pakistan

Obama’s LBJ Moment »

Just like Lyndon Johnson, Obama appears to be dedicated, most of all, to the welfare state at home, but, if for nothing but political reasons, committed to the agenda of escalating war. Like Johnson, he was elected partly on the implicit basis that he’d be more peaceful than his warmongering Republican opponent, only to...
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What Is Obama Thinking? »

President Obama’s decision to send another 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan during the next six months does not seem to make much sense, no matter how one looks at it. Political actions often represent tried-and-true ploys to enrich the politician’s supporters at the expense of his opponents and the great mass of the people....
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I’d Like My Money Back »

April 15, 2009 President Barack Obama Representative Barbara Lee Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Donald R. White, Alameda County Tax Collector Mayor Ron Dellums Messieurs and Mesdames, Rather than my usual practice of remitting taxes to you on this, your high holy day of April 15, I am this year...
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Continuity We Can Believe In »

There are some definite shifts to the left in Obama’s governance, as well as some symbolic or even real gestures toward centrist pragmatism on issues like the environment and abortion. But the general thrust can broadly be seen as hyper-interventionist. Although some depredations under Obama have picked up their pace and some under Bush...
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Obama and the War on Terror »

After the administration ordered a missile strike in Pakistan that killed at least several children, Vice President Biden indicates that these attacks will continue. The Democrats have long argued that Bush “neglected” Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the real war on terror should be. Obama has always said we need more troops in Afghanistan, which...
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