Submitted by lambert on Sat, 05/25/2013 - 1:04pm
They read the speech!
But Obama’s speech appeared to expand those who are targeted in drone strikes and other undisclosed “lethal actions” in apparent anticipation of an overhaul of the 2001 congressional resolution authorizing the use of force against al Qaida and allied groups that supported the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Read below the fold...
Submitted by rexvisigothis on Sat, 05/25/2013 - 11:27am
I have seen the better angel of Obama's nature, and her name is Medea Benjamin.
The odd applause line from yesterday's seminal speech which may ( we humbly pray) in future times be cited as the start of sanity's triumph over societal paranoia. By the time Prez elicited audience approval for his concession, the redoubtable Code Pink founder had been forcibly ejected (not for the first time), Read below the fold...
Submitted by danps on Sat, 05/25/2013 - 10:48am
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Submitted by lambert on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:23pm
Submitted by Hugh on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:06pm
I had really meant to steer clear of Obama's May 23 counterterrorism speech, but I heard such different accounts of it, that it both ended and expanded the war on terror, I thought I should take a look.
Here is the speech: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/05/23/remarks-president-...
The accompanying fact sheet: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/05/23/fact-sheet-preside...
And the guidance for counterterrorism operations outside the US: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/uploads/2013.05.23_fact_sh...
As always, it is a question of definitions. What Obama meant by an end to the global war on terror was that there would be no more Afghanistans, no more 100,000 soldier armies invading foreign countries.
"Beyond Afghanistan, we must define our effort not as a boundless “global war on terror,” but rather as a series of persistent, targeted efforts to dismantle specific networks of violent extremists that threaten America. In many cases, this will involve partnerships with other countries."
Minus Afghanistans (and Iraqs), it will still be global, a war, and against "the terrorists". This view is re-inforced in his discussion of the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) which has served as the "legal" basis for the current war on terror: Read below the fold...
Submitted by lambert on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 9:46pm
VT Digger (hat tip MR):
Act 48 [the single payer bill] required Shumlin’s Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding to submit a recommendation for the “amounts and necessary mechanisms to finance Green Mountain Care,” the publicly funded plan, by Jan. 15, 2013.
On Jan. 24, the so-called financing plan arrived on legislators’ desks. While it provided an amount to be raised of roughly $1.6 billion, the document did not include the “necessary mechanisms” to raise those dollars. Read below the fold...
Submitted by lambert on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 8:32pm
To restate the obvious. Start with Obama's (hastily called) April 30 presser: "[OBAMA: ] We -- we will implement it." That's Obama giving the troops marching orders.
So, Obama committed to meeting ObamaCare deadlines and a successful rollout.* So here's the best way to think about what Obama says about ObamaCare, what the administration says, what exchange spokesholes say, what "career" progressives say, what Obots say, what Democrats say, what a lot of "grass roots" organizations say, and a lot of what the press runs with as the narrative-- Read below the fold...
Submitted by lambert on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 4:05pm
At night, you can see it clearly--the corner windows of the Cooper Union's seventh floor, flooded in red light. It's a signal from the students who have been occupying the president's office for two weeks. They're there because they've lost faith in university leadership that voted to start charging tuition after 111 years of free education. They're there because the board of trustees denied responsibility for a series of bad financial decisions made behind closed doors. They're there because they'd like to know what the hell is going on.
Very very smart, these art students. Solves the problem of bringing a hitherto private space into the public eye (as opposed to occupying public space by definition visible, a la Zucotti Park). Meanwhile, the Trustees are even more appalling than we thought they were: Read below the fold...
Submitted by lambert on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 3:43pm
(See the Archdruid's series on "How It Could Happen," parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 ("it" being the break-up of America somewhat along the lines of the Jesusland Map). FT columnist Jurek Martin in DC:
The one thing that has brought out the best in America is its response to natural disasters, at home or overseas. It always seemed that partisan divides vanished when catastrophe struck, wherever it happened. And all eyes turned to the federal government for help when it did because that was something that Washington could be quite good at (hurricane Katrina in New Orleans conspicuously excepted). Read below the fold...
Submitted by lambert on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 3:20pm
Took the bus to Blue Seal, having abandoned the idea of leaves, only to discover they were out! Too many people seeding their lawns in the moist, cool weather, unfortunately (damn lawns). Let that be a lesson to me: Call first! Read below the fold...
Submitted by DCblogger on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 12:03pm
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Submitted by lambert on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 1:46am
Submitted by libbyliberal on Thu, 05/23/2013 - 8:33pm
Stephen M. Walt writes in “What is the U.S. REALLY Doing in Syria?”:
1. The Syrian conflict has become a proxy fight between the opposition and its various allies (Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Turkey, etc.) and Bashar al-Assad's regime and its various outsider supporters (Iran, Russia, Hezbollah). Read below the fold...
Submitted by lambert on Thu, 05/23/2013 - 7:49pm