Tag Archives: Afghanistan

I Agree with Joe Biden

23 Nov

And not just because he’s from Delaware or because we went to the same high school, but because I think he’s right about Afghanistan. This agreement comes after the President’s reconsideration of the Afghanistan strategy, as the NYT wrote about this morning.

But think of it like this George Will, Vice President Biden and ME…all agree, talk about an intellectual triumverant. But I think the Daily Show has the best case for my position.

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George Will and Big Mamma’s House In the Same Post…I have talent, or it’s just winners and losers

4 Sep

Winner of the Week: George Will, his Washington Post editorial entitled Afghanistan: Time to Stop Nation-Building has really stirred up the conservative pot on the issue of Afghanistan. As a leading conservative intellectual Will’s article has seems to voice a growing dissent amongst Republicans as to the nature and end game of the war in Afghanistan. The President’s new strategy in Afghanistan will need Republican support to counter-balance the strong peace movement in the Democratic party. Will’s article may have really struck a cord within this debate that will inflame the argument…either way kudos to him.

bigmommashouseLoser of the Week:Everyone, as Martin Lawrence has signed on to do a third installment of every-ones favorite “comedy” Big Mamma’s house. So continues the degradation of American society.

Trailer of the Week:Bookdock Saints II: All Saints Day, this much awaited sequel to the cult classic doesn’t look like it will live up the original…but you know we’ll all still go see it.

Valid Point of the Week:TMQ is on record as thinking Michael Vick’s punishment was “out of proportion to his actions and his status as a first-time offender,” especially since thousands of animals are killed in the United States every day without the killers so much as being criticized, let alone imprisoned. Federal regulations classify shooting and electrocution — what Vick did to his dogs — as humane methods of cattle slaughter. How many people bit into a cheeseburger while denouncing Vick? – Gregg Easterbrook, ESPN

The Ultimate Burden

25 Aug

In today’s New York Times BOB HERBERT wrote an op-ed entitled The Ultimate Burden, in which he lays out the basic problem with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as the broad apathy of the American public. His op-ed brings up an excellent point about the inability of the American people to really fight for anything anymore.

What has happened to our society since Tom Brokaw’s ‘Greatest Generation’? At what point did we no longer take our Nationalism seriously? I’m not sure but certainly is an article that will leave you thinking.

Presidential No No’s and More

24 Jul

The Thunder Awards

 

Winner(s) of the Week: Mark Buehrle for being the 18th Major League Baseball pitcher to throw a no hitter. The second no-hitter of his career and only the sixth pitcher in MLB history to have multiple no-no’s. Just to put this in perspective, the original incarnations of professional baseball go back to 1867. Since the true advancement of the professional game in the early 20th century there have only been 18 no hitters? It’s just impressive.

A double winner this week as Afghanistanheld it’s first ever national televised Presidential debate. Despite the absence of the incumbent President Hamid Karzaithis debate should hold significance, both for the Afghan and American people. For a nation often viewed by Americans as a backward, war torn, quagmire this could be an initial sign of both progress and stability. For Afghanistan this can show the world their political passions and how they that can unite a country in common purpose, which has been lost from the region for decades. Regardless, this first step towards a modern political dialogue should be applauded.  

Loser of the Week:President Obama, he lost pretty huge this week when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reidsaid that no vote on a comprehensive Health care Reform bill would be had before the August recess. This essentially means that the President has lost the iniciative on health care reform. Not only is the policy in legislative limbo for the moment, but the President’s TV press conference did little to stir passion on the issue as the news cycle was dominated by the Skip Gates scandal.

All in all this was the first week where the President came back to earth and his popularity couldn’t keep his agenda on track. The real problem the President faces is that any major and controversial subjects, like Health care Reform, will have to be decided before the end of the year as 2010 is an election year and Congress will be given over to the obsequious realities of campaign politics.  

The George W. Bush Career Memorial Trophy:Sarah Palin, she’s still in the news. All kinds of legit news outlets, unlike this one, are still circling the the Alaska Governor’s soon to be political corpse. The way you know she’s done is that Dems keep trying to prop her up, Sen’s Boxer and Kerry wrote a reaction article to some of Gov. Palin’s comments on global warming. Why would significant Dems like Boxer and Kerry address Palin when the President is struggling to keep a Health care reform movement alive? Well it’s dead now, but at the time it was still alive.

Personally, I think Democrats see Palin as a ideologically divisive political figure in the Republican Party and wouldn’t mind keeping her around. By responding to her arguments they give her credence and prop her political street cred up. It’s either good politics or shouting down irrelevance, but either way it’s hard to tell with these two Senators.