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War Weary

War Weary

The Wall Street Journal reports in its survey of popular opinion polls that Americans across the board think the US is doing too much abroad, a shift from eight years ago. On the question of a strike on Syria, majorities of Republicans, independents and even men all say military action is not in the national interest. Even the elites of both parties, who tend to favor an assertive American role abroad because of investment opportunities, now say they favor focus…

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Obama Needs to Deliver Change

Obama Needs to Deliver Change

Obama’s very effectiveness as a president is widely viewed as being in serious question. He is unable to convince people that the stimulus program is working. His health care reform program is under attack from a variety of interests. On the Afghanistan war, he seems indecisive. Combined with his lack of executive experience, his seeming inability to resolve political problems affect his ability to govern. Obama’s quick trip to Copenhagen to lobby for Chicago’s bid on the Olympic Games-and then…

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McCain’s Last Gasp

McCain’s Last Gasp

William Kristol, the neo-con columnist at the New York Times, has surrendered the campaign of John McCain. “His campaign is totally overmatched by Obama’s…McCain is doomed.” Obama’s lead in the polls is lengthening. He is far ahead on domestic issues although today’s stock market rally will help McCain by modifying the wave of bad financial news. Public concern about foreign and military policy, issues on which McCain is strong, continues to slide. Look for a shift in the McCain strategy,…

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About Iraq

About Iraq

The puppet regime in Iraq wants U.S. troops to stay to protect it from the insurgents and other dissatisfied groups, to supply money, and to act as a cover for “the most corrupt government in the Middle East.” The Sunni Awakening Councils in Anbar Province are heavily subsidized by U.S. dollars supplied by the U.S. military. We pay 90,000 Sunnis $30 a month and supply them with weapons, a subsidy far higher than the average wage in Iraq. The U.S….

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Will the U.S. ever Leave Iraq?

Will the U.S. ever Leave Iraq?

Since achieving majority control of the Senate and the House of Representatives, the Democrats in Congress have forced 40 votes on bills limiting President Bush’s war policy. Only one bill was passed by both bodies and that was vetoed by Bush. However, every one of the 40 bills contained a special section providing for a residual U.S. military force to remain in Iraq with no time limit to perform the military tasks U.S. forces are now doing. This week, U.S….

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Will the U.S. ever Leave Iraq?

Will the U.S. ever Leave Iraq?

Since achieving majority control of the Senate and the House of Representatives, the Democrats in Congress have forced 40 votes on bills limiting President Bush’s war policy. Only one bill was passed by both bodies and that was vetoed by Bush. However, every one of the 40 bills contained a special section providing for a residual U.S. military force to remain in Iraq with no time limit to perform the military tasks U.S. forces are now doing. The exact wording…

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Divide Iraq into Three States?

Divide Iraq into Three States?

For several years, Senator Joseph Biden, D-Delaware, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has been promoting a division of Iraq into three separate states, Shiite, Sunni, and Kurd, linked by a weak federal government. The theory is that the separation will allow each group to organize itself in accordance with its own traditions and objectives, to adopt separate policies, to elect its own leaders, thereby minimizing conflict and ending the civil war now raging for power and resources. The…

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Better to Jaw-Jaw than to War-War

Better to Jaw-Jaw than to War-War

In the last five years we should have learned that military intervention in the Middle East is difficult, bloody, and expensive. The enormous advantages of the U.S. in equipment and trained personnel have not brought victory in Iraq and Afghanistan. The indigenous unorganized resistance has found ways to counter the awesome organized superpower. Nevertheless, as incredible as it may appear, the Bush administration is moving our nation closer to another costly invasion in the Middle East, this time against Iran….

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Stop Funding for the Iraq War

Stop Funding for the Iraq War

After defying the expressed will of the American people, President George W. Bush has laid out a plan for withdrawal of some U.S. troops from Iraq – maybe. Perhaps some by Christmas, perhaps more next spring, perhaps another group by the November election, depending on conditions on the ground. Bush is stealing from the Democrats an idea that will not work. At least 130,000 troops will remain indefinitely to implement what Bush calls an “enduring” role in Iraq, an open-ended…

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The Democrats in Congress

The Democrats in Congress

If the Democrats in Congress argue about the details of the Bush war strategy in Iraq, they will validate the illegal war. If the Democrats in Congress argue about the size of American troop cuts, they will concede that some troops can remain in Iraq. If the Democrats in Congress argue for an American residual force in Iraq, they will be defending the occupation. If the Democrats in Congress argue about the degree of success of the military “surge,” they…

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