Archive for 'War'
Today I found myself, not for the first time, arguing with a friend whether the U.S. under Bush was “sincere” in its desire to bring democracy to the Middle East. I went back to an April 2003 article by Josh Marshall, in which he lays out the grand vision neoconservatives had at the time, improbable as it was, in the first days of the war in Iraq.
“”For the Palestinians, there can be no ceasefire without an end to the siege on Gaza…[or] Israel pledging that they will not resume their assassinations when things are calmer….”
“‘There’s no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders,’ Mr. Obama said.”
“In contrast to things like invading or bombing a country as part of some well-defined and plausibly finite campaign, our drone strike program is diffuse and, by all appearances, endless.”
President Obama has only been reelected for one week, and already the U.S. and the world seem to be hit with a series of cascading crises. It’s as if the world held its collective breath until after the American elections, and is now vomiting all its accumulated bile at once.
Why did President Obama seem tired and distracted during last night’s debate with Mitt Romney? My theory.
Get it over with, already. Attack Iran! Just don’t drag President Obama into it.
Israel has fired on a naval relief convoy attempting to reach Gaza with supplies such as concrete, medicines and food, leaving nine civilian activists dead and around 30 injured.
For all I know, “radical Muslim cleric” Anwar al-Awlaki has done something deserving of a death sentence, but that’s what the judicial process is supposed to determine.
Did Obama “court” Iran not because he wanted a deal, but as a gesture designed to fail? Did he set out merely to show the world that he was being reasonable, that he offered his hand and Iran refused?