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Blogs and Opinion
BLOGS AND OPINION
The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy: Out of Gas? by David Brock, Huffington Post | February 1, 2013
When Truth Tried to Stop War by Ray McGovern, consortiumnews.com | January 31, 2013
Counting Down to 2014 in Afghanistan by Ann Jones, tomdispatch.com | January 29, 2013
Republicans Puzzled as to Why They Didn't Slay Hillary Clinton by Paul Waldman, prospect.org | January 24, 2013
John Kerry Quietly Suggests Sen. Ron Johnson Do His Damn Job Already by Hunter, dailykos.com | January 24, 2013
Republicans Are Asking The Wrong Questions by Eugene Robinson, The Washington Post | January 24, 2013
The Top 10 Reasons Rand Paul Should Never Start A Sentence, 'Had I Been President ...' by Mother Mags, dailykos.com | January 24, 2013
Hillary Faces Down The Angry Men by John Walsh, alternet.org | January 24, 2013
Top Ten Republican Myths on Benghazi that Justify Hillary Clinton's Anger by Juan Cole, juancole.com | January 24, 2013
Powder Keg in the Pacific by MICHAEL T. KLARE, tomdispatch.com | January 22, 2013
Richard Holbrooke's comments on reconciliation with the Taliban in Afghanistan, made during the recent Munich Security Conference, echoed earlier remarks by U.N. officials and American military commanders in Kabul that suggest that diplomacy might be coming alive on the Afghan front. This could be true despite, or in coordination with, a new NATO offensive in southern Afghanistan. For it to succeed, however, it has three enormous obstacles to overcome.
The tea-party crews don’t rail against Pentagon giveaways, nor do Massachusetts voters grumble about them. Unfettered Pentagon budgets pass in the tick-tock of a Washington clock and no one seems fazed when the Wall Street Journal reveals that military aides accompanying globe-hopping parties of congressional representatives regularly spend thousands of taxpayer dollars on snacks, drinks, and other “amenities” for them, even while, like some K Street lobbying outfit, promoting their newest weaponry. Think of it, in financial terms, as Pentagon peanuts shelled out for actual peanuts, and no one gives a damn.