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On Monday evening, we witnessed the third and final debate between President Obama and former Governor Romney. Perhaps the most striking thing about it was how often the Republican candidate supported the policies of the Democratic president. One might think there was little, if any, daylight between them, almost as if Romney would, in an emergency, have the President’s back.
Let’s look at a few highlights of that debate, and see where the differences lie in a few important issues. Lest I be accused of making things up, be aware that I’m taking these excerpts from the full transcript of the debate as provided by FOX News. (more…)
Today marks a year since the death of Osama bin Laden, the patron and leader behind the attacks of September 11, 2001. At the risk of politicizing those events, let’s look into how those events have been, well, politicized.
From the beginning, the Bush Administration in particular, and the Republican Party in general, have used the al Qaeda attacks for political advantage. On May 1, 2003, President Bush took a victory lap, in an immense staged event on an aircraft carrier, proclaiming that “Major combat operations in Iraq have ended.” Of course, they hadn’t ended, and things went so badly so quickly that in 2007 the Bush Administration had to engage in a massive “surge” to make up for the disaster of the Iraq war. It was not until August 31, 2010, that a different president, Barack Obama, could honestly declare an end to combat operations in Iraq.
There is a pattern here, not only of Republicans politicizing national security issues, but of President Obama cleaning up foreign policy messes left by President Bush. The response of the Republican Party has been to further politicize these events, and attempt to minimize the successes that Obama had but that Bush couldn’t achieve. (more…)
There are terrible floods in Bangkok. The United Nations voted to end the military campaign in Libya. A Marine veteran of the Iraq war was wounded in the Occupy Oakland protest. The deficit supercommittee now has competing (hostile?) proposals. Rick Perry, realizing his limitations, may skip some debates. It turns out that the basic chemicals for life are made inside stars. The Copiale Cipher has been cracked, and an eighteenth century secret society had its secrets revealed.
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In a speech from the White House briefing room, President Obama has announced that America’s involvement in the war in Iraq is over.
All American troops will be withdrawn by the end of the year.
America’s second-longest war — the longest being the conflict in Afghanistan — has been completed.
G. W. Bush announced “Mission Accomplished,” while swaggering in a huge codpiece on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003. In that famous speech, he proclaimed an end to major US combat operations in Iraq. Thousands more American troops would die over the remaining five and a half years of Bush’s presidency. It is finally true that American combat operations there — all of them, not just “major” ones — have ended.
After nearly nine years, 4,400 American deaths, tens of thousands of American soldiers wounded, our troops are finally coming home.
- U.S. Congresswoman Bachmann demands war compensations from Iraq (thecurrencynewshound.com)
- War casualties: Iraq War hits historic low, Afghan War hits historic high (shortformblog.tumblr.com)