Category Archives: Obama’s Wars

What We Talk About When We Talk About Drones

So on Thursday, May 23rd 2013, President Obama made this speech. It’s a good speech. I agree with quite a lot of it (by no means all of it.) But it’s not really fair to say that it’s reignited the … Continue reading

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Leaving Afghanistan

The mission in Afghanistan is to leave. President Obama has signaled since late last year that his Afghanistan strategy was shifting into reverse; with the full cost of America’s boondoggle in Central Asia finally coming clear, withdrawal is the only … Continue reading

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The Jeremy Scahill Blame Continuum

The above chart from the CIA World Factbook shows population growth before and after President Ali Abdullah Saleh took power. Like Syria and Libya and Egypt, Yemen has not known family planning. All of them are patriarchal societies with burgeoning … Continue reading

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Most Precise Bombing Campaign Ever

Marc Garlasco helped plan the shock and awe campaign in Iraq. As soon as the war ended, he went straight to the scene of devastation to work for Human Rights Watch, standing in places he’d destroyed to meet people impacted … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: Freddie Mac

Privatized in 1968, Freddie Mac was late to the subprime game. Its status as a “government sponsored entity” gave it a certain chip on the shoulder about profitability — so it bought in big, and got stuck with lots of … Continue reading

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Wake Up, September is Over

I don’t know why this isn’t the big news on last night’s SOTU. Was a milk-based cliché really so distracting? The president’s second ‘graff: We gather tonight knowing that this generation of heroes has made the United States safer and more respected … Continue reading

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Indefinite Detention

A dialectic has taken hold on the progressive conversation, and I do not like it. The digital left keeps using the words “indefinite detention” because they sound awful, which they are. Indefinite detention is not nice or kind or humane, … Continue reading

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Winter Truce Talks with the Taliban

Without announcement, the CIA stopped carrying out drone strikes in Pakistan seven weeks ago. European allies are already endorsing peace talks with the Taliban. The president is signaling a prisoner transfer from Guantanamo to Afghanistan. The Muslim Brotherhood’s chief jurist, … Continue reading

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(UPDATE x 2) “My administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens”

Via ThinkProgress, the full text of the president’s signing statement on NDAA addresses both of everyone’s favorite sections: Section 1021 affirms the executive branch’s authority to detain persons covered by the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) (Public … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, guantanamo, Military Commissions, Obama's Wars | 533 Comments

They Are Not the Same

Submitted for your comparison: the Obama doctrine of targeted drone strikes on the left versus the Rumsfeld porn of “shock and awe” on the right. The differences are more than just the scale, as these two operations have entirely different … Continue reading

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Hard Work Is The Reward For Hard Work

Some of that as-yet-unshoveled shit is actually very important to me and I want it shoveled really badly, but that doesn’t diminish the raw quantity of overall shit. (CLICK TO EMBIGGEN) Magic Love Hose makes comics for He lives … Continue reading

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