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General Petraeus Says…….

General Petraeus Says…….

The broader counter insurgency strategy of Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top commander in Afghanistan, and the Karzai government of Afghanistan, is “to win over the population with good government and economic opportunity,” as well as with improved security. Modern, literate, supremely powerful United States of America has some of the same problems as backward, illiterate Afghanistan, riven by civil war and tribal rivalries, occupied by 150,000 soldiers from Western nations bearing different religions, technologies and cultures. The 100,000 American…

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The Drama in the Wikileaks

The Drama in the Wikileaks

Wikileaks is a sensation, providing an unprecedented view of backroom bargaining by embassies all over the world, harsh assessments of foreign leaders and insider views of nuclear and terrorist threats. Like its predecessors the Obama administration says the diplomacy must remain secret. Wikileaks says all governments abuse secrecy by hiding facts and negotiations that should be made public. Here are a few examples: American and South Korean officials have discussed the formation of a United Korea should North Korea’s economic…

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The Nuclear Weapons Debate

The Nuclear Weapons Debate

The atomic destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki changed my life. I dedicated myself to the elimination of atomic and nuclear arms to preserve planet Earth, to save the human species. Total elimination of the weapons and responsible international controls are the only political solutions. After I failed with ten presidents, I welcomed the Obama initiative and the New Start Treaty with great enthusiasm. I still do. But they are only a beginning. There will be serious problems along the way….

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The Occupier in Afghanistan

The Occupier in Afghanistan

Disagreements between Afghan President Hamad Karzai and the US over how the war should be pursued burst into the open at a coalition summit November 20 — 21. In a face-to-face confrontation photographed in Lisbon, Portugal by the Wall Street Journal, President Barack Obama rejected Afghan demands to curtail raids and airstrikes, telling Karzai that he must listen to American concerns. In a speech to the closed-door NATO session, Karzai named “civilian casualties, detentions, lawless behavior by some security companies,…

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Toward Fairer Taxes

Toward Fairer Taxes

On November 28, billionaire Warren Buffett will tell the world on ABC television that rich people should pay more in taxes. “I think that people at the high end – people like me – should be paying a lot more in taxes. We have it better than we’ve ever had it.” Buffett supports House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plans to increase income taxes for those couples with $250,000 gross income – and so do I. And this may be the right…

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Showboating the Federal Deficit

Showboating the Federal Deficit

President Obama created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility to suggest solutions to the nation’s fiscal problems. The commission was to be bipartisan; incorporating Democratic and Republican ideas with the obvious effect that the Democrats, at that time controlling the Senate, the House of Representatives and the White House was surrendering their political advantage in advance of negotiations. Then the President appointed two chairmen of the commission; Erskine Bowles, the Democratic co-chair has a big business background and a small…

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US Secret War Expands Globally

US Secret War Expands Globally

According to the Washington Post, the Obama administration has significantly expanded a largely secret US war against Al Qaeda and other radical groups. Special Operations forces have grown both in number and budget and are deployed in 75 countries operating now. In the Philippines, Colombia, Somalia and Yemen in addition to continuing operations in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia. The surge in Special Operations deployments, along with intensified CIA drone attacks in western Pakistan, is the under side…

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Obama’s Major Leaguers Strike Out

Obama’s Major Leaguers Strike Out

Prepare to say goodbye to the highly touted economic and political teams that President Barack Obama put together to rescue the nation from the mistakes of the George W. Bush administration. These experts were assembled to give the relatively inexperienced new president the centrist policies that disappointed the eager voters who had jammed the polling stations to support the apostle of change. Among the departing economists, please find Lawrence Summers, Director of the White House Economic Council, Peter Orzag, Head…

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The Democrats Fight Back

The Democrats Fight Back

At long last, the Obama administration has compiled talking points for Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. This campaign material is essentially defensive and does not reflect pride in the Democratic controversial legislation. To offer hope for improving the economy: the Federal Open Market Committee is using proceeds from the Fed’s vast mortgage-bond portfolio to buy long-term Treasury securities to increase the money supply by least 2 trillion dollars, thereby loosening credit and stimulating business activity….

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Can Obama be Re-elected in 2012

Can Obama be Re-elected in 2012

As the November congressional elections draw closer, the conventional wisdom is that large Democratic losses in the Senate and the House of Representatives are inevitable parts of the political process, a reaction to the sweeping Democratic victories in 2006 and 2008. Another view holds that the defeated party reorganizes itself and recovers some political power as the nation seeks a new equilibrium. Yes, there have been political eras where this scenario played out, when the president’s party suffered significant midterm…

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