Tag Archives: Pakistan

Wikileaks pulls the lid off U.S. diplomacy

Today Wikileaks released approximately 250,000 confidential documents related to U.S. government diplomacy. This NY Times story runs down some of the highlights. The big takeaways? Saudi Arabia wants us to attack Iran for them Israel is ready to attack Iran U.S. diplomats to the U.N. are spying on their colleagues The U.S. is really worried about […]

The Republican model for America

It’s Pakistan: […] in Pakistan, the lack of a workable tax system feeds something more menacing: a festering inequality in Pakistani society, where the wealth of its most powerful members is never redistributed or put to use for public good. […] Much of the tax avoidance, especially by the wealthy, is legal. Under a 1990s […]

Times Square Bomb Scare: The Wrong Lessons

The Pakistani Taliban has taken credit for the failed plot to bomb Times Square. Aside from the question of whether or not their claim is true, folks in the media seem to be missing the big point. The Pakistani Taliban’s main beef is with the government of Pakistan. They are primarily fighting a regional war. […]

Obama rededicates U.S. to Afghan occupation

In last night’s highly-anticipated address, President Barack Obama defended his decision to deploy 30,000 more American soldiers to Afghanistan, arguing that it’s necessary for the common security of the U.S. and its allies. Obama outlined a military strategy that seeks to beat back the Taliban and weaken Al-Qaeda, while strengthening the Afghan Government and its […]

Britain Ready To Bail On Afghanistan?

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been signaling over the past few weeks that the time might be drawing nigh for the UK to begin a slow withdrawal of its ISAF forces from the war in Afghanistan. Recently, he called for a conference on deciding an exit strategy from provinces to be held in 2010. Previous […]

Didn’t they get the memo?

It’s only terrorism if someone else does it: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton faced sharp rebukes from Pakistani audiences Friday, including one woman who accused the U.S. of conducting ”executions without trial” in aerial drone strikes. Slapping back, Clinton questioned Pakistan’s commitment to fighting terrorists. … During the visit and talks with Pakistani […]

U.S. violations of nuclear non-proliferation

Robert McNamara, head of the Department of Defense during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, offered the following analysis in 2005: “I would characterize current U.S. nuclear weapons policy as immoral, illegal, militarily unnecessary and dreadfully dangerous.” (FAIR) Debates about nuclear weapons typically feature lawmakers hyping the potential dangers we face from nuclear-powered foes like Iran […]

International law is an empty promise

“We must demonstrate that international law is not an empty promise, and that treaties will be enforced.” – Obama discussing new stricter language enforcing nuclear non-proliferation (via the NY Times). That seems more than a little hypocritical when Obama has actively shielded the past administration from international penalties against torture and launching aggressive wars. The […]

What Obama should have said in Egypt

Good afternoon. Assalaamu alaykum. I’m going to keep this short and simple, because I need to get back to fixing America’s health care system and designing the next Corvette. So let me start off by saying We’re Sorry. Invading Iraq was a mistake. Instead of making the region safer or spreading democracy, all we’ve done […]

Killing the last of my inner-neocon

On Tuesday I wrote about how I thought Obama was overly ambitious with his plans for Pakganistan. Rather than continue our military occupation of Afghanistan, I thought it would be better to continue to strike from afar at Al Qaeda bases if they pop up: We could simply strike the terrorist bases in Afghanistan and […]