Obama is failing

Cataloging our hope and missed chances

Boston Globe
by James Carroll

12/28/09

History is the mechanism by which humans learn from the past, and turn dreams of the future into action…. What is the sum total of the last year? And what do we expect of the year to come? … One year ago, America was in the grip of a collective euphoria tied to political transformation. It seems fair to say that even many who had not voted for Barack Obama felt the pull of hope that was changing how the nation was both seen, and saw itself. If that hope has not been dashed, precisely, the euphoria is certainly gone...

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Why war will take no holidays in 2010

The Nation
by Tom Engelhardt

12/23/09

Excuse the gloom in the holiday season, but I feel like we’re all locked inside a malign version of the movie Groundhog Day. You remember, the one in which the characters are forced to relive the same twenty-four hours endlessly. Put more personally, TomDispatch started in November 2001 as an e-mail to friends in response to the first moments of our latest Afghan War. More than eight years later… well, you know the story. Worse yet, the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll indicates that a startling 58 percent of Americans, otherwise in a mighty gloomy mood, support the president’s latest ’surge’ in Afghanistan, which will extend that war into the dismal future. And worse than that, in Afghanistan as in Iraq, from the point of view of official Washington, next year won’t really count for much. The crucial decisions on both wars will evidently leapfrog 2010. So, on that score, we might as well just mark the year off on our calendars now...

//www.thenation.com/doc/20100111/engelhardt



We’re on a fool’s errand in Afghanistan

Las VegasReview Journal
by Vin Suprynowicz

12/27/09

Peace on earth, good will toward men. Fine sentiments. But as citizens of a republic, can we really assume we’ll be held forever blameless for the actions of our government? Barack Obama, who if he were not in office would be applying for a Community Development Block Grant to stage anti-war rallies in Chicago, just authorized sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. But it’s OK: He promises to pull them out in 18 months — soon enough to guarantee they can’t actually accomplish anything...

//www.lvrj.com/opinion/were-on-a-fools-errand-in-afghanistan-80158607.html



Of Christmas, war and peace

Human Events
by Patrick Buchanan

12/25/09

‘And this shall be a sign unto you: You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger. And suddenly there was with the Angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying: Glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace to men of good will.’ Here the argument begins. Is it biblical to say, ‘Peace on earth and good will to men,’ which is inclusive but inexact? Or does that dilute and distort the meaning of ‘Peace on earth to men of good will,’ which is restrictive?

//www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=34999



Obama is failing

Ayn R. Key
by Ayn R. Key

Although Obama supporters continue to tell all doubters that it is far too early to judge whether Obama has been a successful president or not, and indicate that for the foreseeable future it will still be too early, there are indications that he has indeed become a failure in spite of all his good intentions...

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