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January 26, 2009

Obama’s Vietnam

Hey, hey, BHO, how many years until we go?

by Justin Raimondo

Ateam of rivals” is how the Obama administration is being portrayed by the head-over-heels media, which started out by likening the new president to Lincoln and may end up comparing him – favorably – to God. A more appropriate phrase would be “team of retreads”: Hillary at State, Gates still at Defense, and all the usual suspects lording it over their regional fiefdoms.

The appointment of George Mitchell, whose success at helping settle the Irish imbroglio suggests some skill at managing impossible situations, has evoked hope in those who pine for a more open-mined – and evenhanded – approach to the problem of Palestine. It is a hope I share.

Yet I’m not optimistic, for two very good reasons: Dennis Ross, whose appointment as plenipotentiary for Middle Eastern affairs seems to undercut what is likely to be the Mitchell approach, and Richard Holbrooke, whose dual domain of Afghanistan and Pakistan will be the focus of U.S. military action in the coming years. Specifically, more than 14 years – at least, that’s what Holbrooke told us in a pre-election piece in Foreign Affairs magazine:

“The situation in Afghanistan is far from hopeless. But as the war enters its eighth year, Americans should be told the truth: it will last a long time – longer than the United States’ longest war to date, the 14-year conflict (1961-75) in Vietnam.”  –more–


To Butt in: Do the American or British people gain? Win or lose the war, what does it bring home?

Same is true for the Israelis, even winning is sad..

Biden sees Afghanistan ‘uptick’

Warns of more casualties as U.S. ratchets up troop levels

Monday, January 26, 2009

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said Sunday that there will be an “uptick” in American casualties in Afghanistan as the U.S. military increases its presence in that country, which he characterized as “a real mess.”

The vice president’s prediction prompted outrage from liberal antiwar groups who characterized it as “cavalier,” although a leading scholar at a Washington neoconservative think tank called the Biden remarks an overdue recognition of reality.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai foreshadowed other difficulties Sunday with any “surge” of U.S. forces into his country, condemning a U.S. operation he said killed 16 Afghan civilians and demanding greater Afghan control of U.S. military operations.  –more–

Pakistan from Google:

25 Jan 2009

Pakistan Strike First On Obama’s Watch

Pakistan Strike First On Obama’s Watch. http://www.cbsnews.com/st…9317.shtml ( CBS/AP) Officials in Pakistan are now reporting two suspected U.S. missile
prince.org/msg/105/295802 –

US missiles strike Pakistan

24 Jan 2009

The Pakistani military sources asked not to be named because they are not authorised to release such information. The first strike, which killed 10 people,

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Written by morris

January 26, 2009 at 9:19 pm

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