Presidential Redress

    Usually a major presidential address on an issue is for the benefit and illumination of the entire population.  President Obama’s December 1st Afghanistan speech is not one of those.  It is a redress, a kind of ‘fix’ or remedy for the problems he faces with that country.  However, this redress is not primarily for solving the Afghan dilemma.  Obama’s speech is for one group and | Read More »

    Obama’s Killing Time

    Four more US Soldiers died in Afghanistan yesterday as we continued to wait anxiously for Obama to make up his mind about how to respond to General McChrystal’s report. During the pre-surge days in Iraq, 4 dead soldiers was enough for every major news outlet to scream from the rooftops about the costs of war. Now? Hardly a whisper. Why is it so hard, Mr. | Read More »

    Headed Towards Defeat In Afghanistan

    The Obama administration is headed down the irrevocable path to defeat in Afghanistan, and appears to be waving the white flag in the global ‘war on terror.’ It has now been more than seven long weeks since the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley A. McChrystal, reported on the desperate need for more troops in Afghanistan, warning that defeating the insurgents will | Read More »


    “Thus conscience does make cowards of us all; And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought, And enterprises of great pith and moment With this regard their currents turn away And lose the name of action.” (Hamlet, Act III, Scene I.) In the famous “To be or not to be” soliloquy, Shakespeare shows Hamlet’s indecision over whether | Read More »

    Obama Vs. McChrystal: Every Picture Tells a Story, Don’t it?

    So, here’s the rub from the UK Telegraph: In London, Gen McChrystal, who heads the 68,000 US troops in Afghanistan as well as the 100,000 Nato forces, flatly rejected proposals to switch to a strategy more reliant on drone missile strikes and special forces operations against al-Qaeda. He told the Institute of International and Strategic Studies that the formula, which is favoured by Vice-President Joe | Read More »

    Today’s Headlines — May 18, 2009 Notre Dame cheers, jeers Obama President urges ‘open’ dialogue on abortion at Catholic school — General faulted for awarding Tillman medal McChrystal told superiors friendly fire may have killed ex-football star — Rivals’ woes give Ford Motor Co. a clear field — Sri Lankan rebels admit defeat — Afghan rights group finds lower civilian toll — Gitmo closing timeline | Read More »

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