The hardest choices ahead.
The goals were narrow, and delivered without regard to America’s moral obligation to Afghanistan. Peter Beinart on Obama’s missed opportunity.The best that can be said about President Obama’s West Point speech is that it was civil. Obama did not accuse opponents of the Afghan surge of appeasement; he did not imply that he has a […]
By now, you’ve all seen President Obama’s speech, wherein he agreed to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan (though most definitely not a surge of the kind used in Iraq and suggested by many for quite some time now, we are assured). Now, Rachel Maddow often tries to walk a peculiar line in which she [...]
If Politico’s John F. Harris is correct and “Presidential politics is about storytelling” then the Obama campaign took an enormous risk using a narrative that left a lot to the individual imagination. Obama’s ambiguous call for change, created a fill-in-the-blank scenario for independents and moderates, and a call-to-arms for progressives.
In Monday’s article “7 stories Barack [...]
MSNBC’s Oddball Hardball host Chris Matthews endures plenty of criticism here at NewsReal — and why not?
When he’s not trading on his flimsy cradle Catholicism to pontificate (inaccurately) on matters religious, Matthews veers between making flimsy accusations of “racism” and spouting historical inaccuracies.
But you know it’s bad when even the George Soros Steno Pool, otherwise [...]
“Stop Making our Troops Suffer in Order to Make our Generals Happy.” Meltdown with Keith Olbermann Part 18
Keith Olbermann outdid himself Monday night on the eve of President Obama—finally—announcing his strategy for the war in Afghanistan.
He told the President to “get out now,” because the General advising him is a liar, and that the generals advising him are “in the war business,” conduct “war for the sake of war,” are looking for [...]
Captured Photo Collection » Photographer Collection: David Guttenfelder in Afghanistan Photos.
Afghanistan: The month before the one-year anniversary of his inauguration, the president has finally settled on the strategy for what he called a “war of necessity.” But leaving, not winning, is the goal.How often in history, if ever, has a British defense secretary slammed a U.S. commander in chief for indecisiveness? Britain’s Bob Ainsworth last […]
It took less time to oust the Taliban from power in Afghanistan and destroy al Qaeda’s infrastructure in that country than it took for President Obama to decide what to do now in Afghanistan. After ninety days of back and forth deliberations, his Afghanistan speech last night was anti-climactic.
The Commander-in-Chief spoke against the backdrop of [...]