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Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Narda Zacchino Reports on George McGovern "McGovern: Get Out of Afghanistan" -- George McGovern has some advice for President Barack Obama: Get U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. “I'm convinced that war is going to turn sour. I'm convinced we're not going to prevail there,” he said.
Robert Scheer on the Afghanistan Sham "Keeping Afghanistan Safe from Democracy" -- The most idiotic thing being said about America’s involvement in Afghanistan is that the best way to protect the 68,000 U.S. troops there now is by putting an additional 40,000 in harm's way.
Chris Hedges on Afghan Evils "Opium, Rape and the American Way" -- The warlords we champion in Afghanistan are as venal, as opposed to the rights of women and basic democratic freedoms, and as heavily involved in opium trafficking as the Taliban.
Stanley Kutler on Judicial Ethics "The Best Justice That Money Can Buy" -- It is somewhat late in the day to lament the politicization of the judiciary, a condition that has always existed, but extravagant campaign contributions have now perilously altered the landscape.
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E.J. Dionne on the New Health Care Bill "The Battle to Define the New Health Care System" -- Barring astoundingly self-defeating behavior by Democrats, a decent bill will get to Obama’s desk. Whether lawmakers are rewarded or punished for their efforts will largely be decided in the coming weeks.
Amy Goodman on Extraordinary Rendition "The Tortured Logic Continues" -- “Extraordinary rendition” is White House-speak for kidnapping. Just ask Maher Arar. He’s a Canadian citizen who was “rendered” by the U.S. to Syria, where he was tortured for almost a year.
Ruth Marcus on the Off-Year Elections "2009 Elections Don’t Foretell a Thing" -- Advice to readers about the coming orgy of analysis about the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial elections: Ignore it.
William Pfaff on the New Professional Army "Today’s U.S. Army and Its Ambitions" -- It is possible that the creation of an all-professional U.S. Army has been Congress’ most dangerous decision.
Eugene Robinson on President Obama's Accomplishments "A Record You Can Believe In" -- It’s been a year since a healthy majority of American voters elected Barack Obama to change the world. Which is precisely what he’s doing.