Tag Archives: foreign policy

Open thread: U.S. out of Afghanistan?

The only thing certain about Afghanistan is that most Americans want U.S. troops out of there. President Obama is expected to announce troop reductions when he speaks to the nation about the status of the war tonight, but would a … Continue reading

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**UPDATED** The U.S. (and U.N.) vs Qaddafi regime: how we got here

Put me down in the camp that has been extremely skeptical of the John McCain-Joe Lieberman-neocon zeal to get the U.S. involved militarily in Libya. I was from the start, foresquare against the invasion and occupation of Iraq and to my mind, … Continue reading

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U.S. no-fly zone over Libya a bad idea (or, Neocons are always wrong)

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is trying to put the brakes on a bad idea: a U.S. imposed “no fly zone” over Libya, as called for by the neocon buddy act in the U.S. Senate: Joe Lieberman and John McCain. … Continue reading

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Politics at the water’s edge? McCain and Lieberman conduct parallel foreign policy on Libya

John McCain and Joe Lieberman gave interviews to U.S. media outlets during a trip to Egypt Sunday, in which the two neoconservative Senators seemed to be conducting their own foreign policy; criticizing the president from foreign soil, calling on him … Continue reading

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Holbrooke’s final words: ‘you’ve got to stop this war in Afghanistan’

The Washington Post has an exhaustive obituary of the late diplomat, whose career spanned four Democratic presidents, including his eerie final plea to his Pakistani surgeon.

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The president’s Oval Office address on the end of the combat mission in Iraq

President Obama used his speech tonight to thank the troops, finesse his opposition to the war in the first place, to be gracious to his predecessor, and to pivot — quickly — back to the economy. One thing you won’t … Continue reading

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‘Runaway General’ McChrystal a goner?

If there’s one cardinal rule of military life, it is this: never publicly criticize anyone up the chain of command, and for God sakes, not the commander in chief. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who also won’t have many friends among his … Continue reading

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Guardian: Israel offered nukes to Apartheid South Africa

Israel’s president is denying a blockbuster report in the Guardian, which says that not only has Israel been a nuclear power for a long, long time (not a revelation since most people know it) but during the 1970s, he, Shimon … Continue reading

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Politico mines the dark heart of Dick Cheney

Who else but Mike Allen and Jim Vendehei to channel the inner thoughts of Dick Cheney, in an attempt to figure out “why he does it” (going after President Obama, that is.) But this time, they also field emails from … Continue reading

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Iran caught red handed on nuke development

The president, along with the leaders of France and the UK, called out Tehran today, after revealing what each have known for weeks: that Iran is cheating on its nuclear commitments by hiding a concealed nuke facility. The news further … Continue reading

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