The ebbing tide of war

"...tonight, we take comfort in knowing that the tide of war is receding." - President Barack Obama, announcing the first Afghanistan withdrawals, June 22, 2011 For 10,000 American men and women, their boots are wet as they stand in the sand of the ebbing, bloody sea. Soon, they will turn and march for home. Obama… Continue reading The ebbing tide of war

‘Significant progress’ in Afghanistan? Can’t happen, says one soldier

"Although the gains are fragile and reversible, momentum has shifted to the Afghan Government, and they are on track to begin the transition process...this summer" - CIA Director Leon Panetta, in his written responses to questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee, prior to his confirmation hearings for Secretary of Defense That sounds like good… Continue reading ‘Significant progress’ in Afghanistan? Can’t happen, says one soldier

Commitment, Compromise, Consensus and Congress

The 2008 Commitment: Taxes will go up on those making over $250,000. The 2010 Compromise: Nobody's taxes will go up, and we'll throw in some more tax breaks that will add a couple of bucks to your paycheck. The Consensus? Um. No. A real consensus, achieved through civil dialogue, would have required agreement from Democrats… Continue reading Commitment, Compromise, Consensus and Congress