D - 129 and counting
This country's going so far to the right you're not even going to recognize it. --Attorney General John Mitchell, 1970
Robama's surprise jaunt to Bagram AFB** so, like, totally not "craven politics", concludes with speech "7:30 New York time and Middle of the Freaking Night Afghanistan time". The complex, protracted, Rube Goldberg-esque, ObamaCare-like timeline in the agreement with Afghanistan (to be signed at the Chicago NATO campaign event summit) does not specify budget, final troop count, or status of forces. The lawyerly "[b]ut we will not build permanent bases in this country, nor will we be patrolling its cities and mountains" (full text as prepared) when parsed, does not rule out already built bases, new bases built by others, or war from the air with drones (despite post-con call assertion from The Obama 527 Formerly Known As Daily Kos). "Strategic partnership"*** replaces "mission accomplished," but mission the rhetorical and ideological frame remains. Greenwald tweets: "Combat for at least 2 more yrs plus decade-long commitment ====> Obama ended the war!" Froomkin: "As President Barack Obama was flying into Afghanistan on Air Force One for a few hours of speeches and ceremonies on Tuesday, Sgt. Nicholas Dickhut was flying back in a box." After wheels-up for the homeland, car bomb shakes Kabul. Don't let the gate hit you on your way out of the graveyard.
Delusional self-sucking grifter Newt Gingrich runs out the string for one more day. Robama, of Obomney: "Just what you’d expect from a guy with a Swiss Bank Account". (Post-con call message reinforcement from Kos.) Obomney: Nada; Rove's gone non-feral. Ron Paul in Alaska and in New England (a "powerhouse"). Americans Elect cancels May 8 primary. Without so much as a press release. And The Lady of Negotiable Affection from Cartagena may get a photo spread.
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** The Bagram torture site is outside Bagram AFB proper, hence not the backdrop for Robama's speech.
*** The actual document title: "ENDURING STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT." If it were, they wouldn't need to say it was.
NOTE Cross posted to Naked Capitalism.