A senior U.S. official involved in Afghanistan policy said changes to the land program also stem from a desire at the top levels of the Obama administration to triage the war and focus on the overriding goal of ending the conflict.
"Gender issues are going to have to take a back seat to other priorities," said the senior official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal policy deliberations. "There's no way we can be successful if we maintain every special interest and pet project. All those pet rocks in our rucksack were taking us down."
This has some of the same feeling: a dictator who’s a long-time US client, a mass popular uprising that’s more about the perceived corruption of the government than about any particular ideology; El Baradei seems to be playing something like the Corazon Aquino role.
I say "echo" rather than "parallel" because there are similarities but key differences as well. Read more about Cairo as an echo of Manila
Remember how I said I was dreading the coming primary wars?
I think they have begun, sparked by Tucson.
The memorial rally is a clear signal to me that the President WILL seek re-election. He's not anticipating a primary challenge, so the campaign is already focused on side-lining probable general election contenders.
The MOTU want a contest between two bought and paid for corporatists - a true win-win for them. The President is determined to be the winning corporatist. The GOP have any number of wannabes to replace him.
Any action taken by the msm or the admin that doesn't seem to make sense will make sense when viewed in the light of "how does this affect 2012?" Read more about The Primary Wars have begun
I want to share something I was thinking about last night, after my insomnia flared. It is a probably long, but I think it is relevant to current events and it might even be helpful to some. It is such a broad topic and I know the readers will have insights that i probably have not considered.
Growing up, for various reasons, I was basically taught that anger is bad and that I should swallow my anger. It's taken me a lot of work and experience as an adult to unlearn this and to come to know that anger can be healthy.
I. Healthy Anger Read more about Healthy Anger, Poisonous Hate
Artesanía is the Spanish word for handicrafts (I looked it up!). I love how pretty the word is, just as I love making things with my hands. I know a lot of Correntians love working with their hands too, so I wish you all a New Year of Happy Handcrafting!
So who wants to talk about their crafting plans, goals, wishes for the year with me?
I'll go first. I want to improve my knitting and crocheting methodically, and I want to get to a point where I can make some hobby money with it. So I am going to study off a couple of books (of which I need to get my own copies).
I also started a "memory crochet diary" -- check it out at http://memorycrochet.blogspot.com/
and tell me what you think of it. Read more about Artesanía: word of the day, theme of my new year
A bit of a break from the Wikiliki brouhaha.
There's a blog I read regularly which was a haven to me during the 2008 primary wars. I think it's already beginning to schism because of the approaching election.
And this is just because of different attitudes towards the GOP.
So I shudder to think of what will happen in the left blogosphere if/when someone on the Dem side actually does decide to primary BO. Or if someone tries to run Indy.
Anyone else dreading the coming Guelf-Ghibbeline conflicts? Read more about Dreading the coming primary wars
Disclaimer: This post is not an endorsement of Sarah Palin or her politics. If you are allergic to Sarah Palin, proceed at your own risk. This is an attempt at an objective dissection of episode 1 of SPA.
It's not too late to look away.
You've been warned.
(Before I begin: I want to analyze this tv episode the way I do book reviews, and one of guidelines for that is I try not to read the author's mind. I have read a lot of authors say that there's nothing they hate worse than a reviewer imputing authorial intent that they know is untrue. So I try to focus only on what is presented to me on page or on-screen, in the current work and sometimes in past works, and as part of an existing cultural conversation.) Read more about Sarah Palin's Alaska & Persona Politics
Updated Disclaimer: This recap is not an endorsement of Sarah Palin or her politics. This is a lefty blog. It is a starting point for a discussion of her campaigning/marketing strategy and I hope to do a future post on that.
Disclaimer: I like Sarah Palin (political stances aside) so I have a favorable bias.
Sarah Palin's Alaska starts off with Sarah supervising 9 year old Piper and cousin McKinley make cupcakes. Piper, like all 9yos (including mine), waits until mom isn't looking and licks the whisk ... and the spoon. Sarah says "Don't put it back!" --too late. Piper, apparently, also calls her mom "Sarah" when she wants to catch her attention. Piper tells the camera that her mom is addicted to the Blackberry. Read more about Sarah Palin's Alaska episode 1
So the Catfood Commission wants to:
1) raise the Social Security retirement age to 69 - when we are near 10% unemployment (and more like 22% real unemployment when you count people who have given up looking) - this will just make unemployment WORSE as it forces older workers to cling to their jobs instead of freeing up jobs to younger workers.
2) ignore the fact that Social Security is solvent and wants to blame Social Security (money that belongs to us and is earmarked for us) for the federal governments blowing all it's tax revenues on Wall Street bail outs. Social Security is not the federal government's money and should not be used to pay for anything other than Social Security. It is a public trust that they were entrusted to administer. Read more about Catfood Commission lacks logic
I need input about my own upcoming vote for Governor in PA. The choices are Tom Corbett (R) and Dan Onorato (D). Onorato is what we usually call GOP-lite, and either way it’s going to be a lot of budget cuts next year. Normally I would hold my nose & vote for the D candidate because the governor has so much impact on local conditions and D’s are at least nominally more in line with my views. Read more about Who to vote for Governor?
Last week I talked about how the Haves strategically use hate as a means of keeping the Have-nots divided.
It occurs to me that there is a certain kind of hate that is particularly important to the Haves: misogyny - the hatred of women. The reason it is so important is that women leaders are a threat to the Hate Paradigm. Across human cultures, the primal image of woman as mother carries with it the emotional response to women as embodiments of compassion and fairness. Historically, women have been the primary leaders of reform through-out the world. Read more about Ave 2012
My first Corrente post. Just an observation of what is becoming glaringly obvious, and not a prescription.
Americans are angry, and rightly so. Since the start of the century, we have seen our health, our livelihoods, and our rights systematically being stripped away by politicians in collusion with the mega-rich. The people-in-charge of this looting should be quaking in their well-shod feet at the wrath of regular Americans, but they have employed the traditional prophylactic against "revolting peasants"-- the designated hate target. Read more about Strategic Hate Management