The only reason that GDP has expanded near 20% is because of the borrowing. When all is said and done, we have witnessed a transfer of wealth to the richest one-tenth of one percent of Americans. Those are the winners from the Bush years.
I agree with you on the oversight but generally speaking the President deserves to have his team confirmed. I am more concerned about Admiral Dennis Blair's role in Timor Leste in 1999. If he disobeyed orders from the Clinton Administration to deliver a message to Indonesia's military authorities then he clearly is not fit to be Director of National Intelligence. Expect to hear more in the coming days from Indonesia experts on Admiral Blair.
Sweet doesn't even begin to describe this victory. Franken is a good man. Minnesota nice. I remember one of his many appearances on Letterman and what struck me was they spent their time talking about mid-western values. Values. It's something missing from our political discourse.
I am also thrilled because this likely has the conservatives', especially the Freepers', panties all tied up in knots.
Ethiopia is best in the Spring. It's a large country though and best travelled by bus. Somalia is really only accessible in the north, Puntland. Not sure if there are flights other than private or relief ones. I've been meaning to blog on Africa, especially Somalia and Zimbabwe. Just haven't gotten the chance as yet.
It is our war. We are part of NATO and this is a NATO operation. The war on terror was always in Afghanistan. You overlook the fact that the Taliban when in power gave safehaven to Al-Qaeda. Bin-Laden and other senior members of Al-Qaeda had freedom of movement and used Afghanistan as their staging ground for global terrorism.
To allow the return of Taliban to power would be a serious mistake in my view. They terrorized the population to such an extent that even art was banned. Women weren't allowed to learn to read and write. I don't believe in cultural relativism. Evil is evil and the Taliban defines evil.
That the Bush Administration has mismanaged the Afghan war from the start cannot be denied. They have tried to fight it from the air to minimize US casualities. Unfortunately, winning the war in Afghanistan and now likely Pakistan will require boots on the ground and yes that's likely to bring more US and NATO casualities. That's unavoidable unfortunately. At the same time however, we need to rebuild Afghanistan. This is war we can also win by winning hearts and minds. That means more roads, clinics, and schools and more than likely a legalization of opium poppy production. I doubt there is the political will for the latter objective but it is not clear to me what other economic alternative the Afghan people have. It would also help if we realized that Afghanistan in the long run is going to be a failed state given its deep ethnic cleavages so pursuing a partition or perhaps the return of a constitutional monarch might be ideas worth considering but again too often our policy makers fail to think outside the box. There are no easy answers when it comes to Afghanistan but the return of the Taliban must be avoided at all costs.