Tag Archives: Afghanistan

Deja Vu All Over Again (And Again, And Again, And…)

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, Canuckistan: Stephen Harper is leaving the door open once again to extending Canada’s military participation in the costly Afghanistan war. When the Official Opposition NDP pressed the Prime Minister on Wednesday about … Continue reading

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Looking Backward in the Year 2011

by matttbastard Der Spiegel runs down W’s “tragic legacy” in the long, long, looooong decade of U.S. decline that followed 9/11: America was trapped in Iraq for years, where a victory was a long time coming and was never a … Continue reading

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Obligatory WFT McChrystal?! Post

by matttbastard Cole drops an Apocalypse Now reference, while The Artist Formerly Known as Tacitus thinks shitcanning is imperative if the republic is to survive the impact of McChrystal’s insta-infamous still-unpublished Rolling Stone interview [h/t Ben Smith]. Perhaps. Laura Rozen usually has sound instincts and excellent sources: One early … Continue reading

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Cynical Calculations

by matttbastard Cosign with Thomas H. Johnson and M. Chris Mason, who incisively and cooly slice away the bullshit surrounding Obama’s Afghanistan escalation: Obama’s new “strategy” is no strategy at all. It is a cynical and politically motivated rehash of … Continue reading

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US Health Care Reform: Made in…Afghanistan?

by matttbastard Stephen M. Walt, commenting on Obama’s recent AfPak escalation and the incongruity of domestic spending initatives vs expensive foreign military endeavours on the part of the US: As I’ve said before, Americans have come to believe that spending … Continue reading

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Keeping Things in Perspective

by matttbastard Remember: Torture (and Afghanistan in toto) isn’t about ‘us’, it’s about ‘them’: “What disturbs me most – this story is all about Canada and Canada’s moral authority on the international stage and about which minister will have to … Continue reading

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On Analogy and Imperial Ambition

by matttbastard What was that about Afghanistan not being even remotely analogous to Vietnam? Andrew Bacevich: Implementing the McChrystal plan will perpetuate the longstanding fundamentals of US national security policy: maintaining a global military presence, configuring US forces for global … Continue reading

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Snap Back to Reality

by matttbastard Hey, remember when US VP Joe Biden was counted among the leading Democratic voices that supported militaristic nation-building in the Middle East/Central-South Asia back in the day? Good times. Now? Well, not so much, thanks to the corruption-laden … Continue reading

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Anything, Anything

by matttbastard As extremism’s transition from vice to virtue seemingly reaches its apotheosis, Republican Sen. Jim DeMint upped the ante yesterday in the GOP Tourette’s strategy to fight Democratic health reform legislation: DEMINT: The problem is, the war in Afghanistan … Continue reading

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Read this Now: 7 Years in Limbo

by matttbastard Adam Serwer of the American Prospect has been doing yeoman’s work as of late doggedly covering US detainee issues. His recent feature on former child soldier Mohammed Jawad is truly essential reading: The story is an old one … Continue reading

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