Obama Takes Possession of the War in Afghanistan

2009 October 29


The only thing the Left can get right about warmaking is the primacy of deception as a tool to be used against your enemy.

Exchanges between Washington journalists on this week’s Washington Week in Review highlighted, to a controlled extent, just how poorly the Obama administration is advancing national defense issues.

One of the most startling admissions about the White House policy drift concerning the war in Afghanistan was made by a panelist, National Journal writer James Kitfield, in an Oct 17 issue where he described a White House that was “nervously eyeing the polls about Afghanistan…” much the way Obama’s Republican predecessor did. Politics isn’t what’s on the line here, though. The lives of America’s soldiers are at stake. read more…

Free Markets the Advised Course – Just Not For Americans

2009 October 28

Vali Nasr Daily Show

If you could trade with a mortal enemy, would you do it “without preconditions”? Would you do it if the government of your trading partner deploys snipers against it own domestic protesters? Could you be certain you’d even get paid?

In a book published by State Department adviser Vali Nasr, a professor at Tufts University, trading without preconditions is precisely the course prescribed.

Last Tuesday night, PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley conducted an interview with Vali Nasr, now a US State Department adviser to Richard Holbrooke, himself a special State Department adviser on Pakistan and Afghanistan. Nasr was on the program to hawk his book, Forces of Fortune: The Rise of the New Muslim Middle Class and What it Will Mean for Our World.

The central thesis of Nasr’s book is that the Muslim world is changing, as evidenced by a growing middle class in Muslim countries.

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