Archive for September, 2009

Misrepresenting Germany

Monday, September 28th, 2009

The German election has been seriously misreported in the US — an accident I’m sure. The real story is the breakdown of support of the major parties, and it may presage what’s to happen in US politics. First, it’s been represented as a victory for the party of Angela Merkel (who’ll continue as chancellor), the […]

Liberal line on the empire’s wars

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Frank Rich has a disgusting piece in the NYT today, an attempt to establish the limits of allowable debate for Obama’s Great Decision on Afghanistan. What are the (only) alternatives? McChrystal or Biden. God help us. McChrystal — tens of thousands more US troops; Biden — air war against our real enemy in the region, […]

Why are we in Afghanistan?

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

William Pfaff, who’s been writing from Paris roughly since the German army left, has a piece in the International Herald Tribune (alias European edition of the NYT) “Presidents Need a War to Call Their Own — Now Obama Has His” . Pfaff is an ex-CIA employee and a long-time member of the Hudson Institute, which […]

Oh, Canada…

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Canadian PM Stephen Harper has 42 minutes of face time with Barack Obama in Washington today. While Canadian institutions (notably healthcare) are being compared favorably with those of the US, quite rightly, here are some other things to remember:

“You lie!” — about Afghanistan

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

The much-predicted demise of newspapers can’t happen too soon, so it seems to me, if we want a well-informed citizenry. It was a 19th-century gibe that “newspapers are half advertisements — and the rest lies between them.” But the lies can be subtle — and usually lie (sorry) in the unstated assumptions (unstated, they’re harder […]

Advance text of President’s speech

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery Address to Joint Session of Congress Wednesday, September 9, 2009 Madame Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, and the First Lady of the United States: I come before you tonight in a spirit of remorse — which, I find, requires more audacity than hope […]

“Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it’s from Neptune.” –Noam Chomsky