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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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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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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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Stepping Away From the Dick-Snark

by matttbastard D-Day: There’s a top-rated diary on Daily Kos right now entitled Dennis Prager Endorses Marital Rape. Somebody explain to me how the CIA isn’t doing functionally the same thing. Also make sure to check out Echidne and my … Continue reading

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When ‘Soft Power’ Isn’t So Soft

by matttbastard I hope you’ll excuse me if I refrain from opining at length or in explicit detail about this amusing little nugget currently smoldering in the slow holiday news cycle. Am loath to trigger the unwelcome attention of relentless … Continue reading

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“Dry Language, Dry Bones”

by matttbastard Tom Hayden: Antiseptic language is sometimes necessary in journalism and law to make objective evaluations. But it also can suppress moral and emotional responses to suffering and serve as a sedative in managing public opinion. Riveting stories of … Continue reading

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Stephen Harper Party Secretly Halts Detainee Transfers

by matttbastard Well, how ’bout that–mattt speaks, Harper listens. Retroactively. Without mentioning the fact that transfers actually had ceased several months ago (and after having cast despicable aspirations on those who noted that torture was taking place on Canada’s watch). … Continue reading

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The Manley Report: Stay the Course, Part Infinity

by matttbastard  Teh shocking newz! Manley Report sez: NO END BUT VICTORY! matttbastard sez: As intimated, I’m not at all surprised by the recommendations (extend the military mission past 2009 as long as NATO ponies up more troops and kewl new toys).  As Stageleft observes: … Continue reading

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