251,000 State Department documents, many of them secret embassy reports from around the world, show how the US seeks to safeguard its influence around the world. It is nothing short of a political meltdown for US foreign policy.
Not that I give a crap what Der Spiegel has to say but still. Not the hope and change we were promised. Why don’t they love us yet?
I thought Jimmy Carter was gone…. Oh wait this term may be even worse.
Remember how cool it was to disclose information when Bush was President. How it was patriots simply trying to stop the tyrant. Not so damn cool now is it?
Now there is a good side to this release however. You can tell me what it is. I like comments..
Look, I love Willie Nelson’s music. I’ve listen to him all my life but at some point you really have to grow up. This time Willie may face jail time. I mean it’s not his first offense and Texas isn’t California.
Now if Willie was in Colorado where for roughly $160 dollars you can get a prescription and go down to the local “green medical” shop and buy all you need. Hell they sell it just blocks from great consumer places like schools, kids gymnastics centers, or blocks from the Sheriffs Office.
Actually yeah Willie you come on up here and I’ll move….
WikiLeaks Drop Shows U.S. Striving to Maintain Order in Chaotic Global Relations
As concerned as I might be about what information is released what really concerns me is the fact they are getting this information at all. How did Wikileaks get the State Department cables? How are we securing (or not securing) our information?
The issue isn’t Wikileaks but our own system.
Germans I hope are starting to see that they can not sustain the burden of supporting those that don’t work and overspend. The EU was a bad idea as it continues to support those that are unsupportable. It’s much like too big to fail. When you can’t fail why work as hard, why watch your spending someone else will pay the bills.
Germany gets it; Obama does not « Don Surber
Coalition and Afghan special operations teams targeted another Taliban commander linked to al Qaeda and other terror groups operating in western Afghanistan during a raid yesterday.
The combined special operations team "targeted a key foreign-fighter facilitator in Farah district … after intelligence reports indicated his recent return to Afghanistan from Iran," the International Security Assistance Force stated in a press release. The Taliban commander, who was not named, was not reported to have been captured during the raid.
The commander "provides a conduit for foreign fighters from an array of terrorist networks, including Al Qaeda, to enter the country and fight for the Taliban," ISAF stated. "The insurgent acts on behalf of terrorist cells to move foreign fighters into Farah and Helmand via Iran."
Read more: at The Long War Journal
“Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”
“…when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth…”
Hope you are all enjoying the day.
Tony Blankley on Afghanistan.
…I am not arguing that we could not win a theoretical war in Afghanistan. But this particular war is being fought without sufficient resources, without a strategy than can remotely succeed and, most unfortunately, with at least one eye on our domestic politics, rather than both eyes on victory.
Regarding resources, the strategy calls for us to deny sanctuary to the enemy such that al-Qaida could not get back in the country safely. Yet even with the surge troops, we cannot occupy any but the most populous areas — so even if we succeed in our current efforts (which we are not doing), we will not be executing our strategy for want of troops.
Regarding the strategic failure, the premise of this war as currently being run is that we turn everything over to our Afghan government army and policy, who will be capable of maintaining whatever successes our troops will have achieved. This is laughable.
As virtually any troops or officers recently back from Afghanistan will tell you, the number of troops and police being recruited, trained and kept in service is pathetically short of targets.
Moreover, most of them won’t fight. The idea that they will be ready to take over in 2011 or even 2014 is just not in the cards. And yet that is our strategic exit strategy.
Finally, it is apparent that the strategy of this war has been fatally tainted by domestic political calculation. This proposition was unambiguously described by Woodward in his recent book "Obama’s War…"
I’m not sure I could argue any of his points.
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore reportedly has had a change of heart on ethanol, telling a conference on green energy in Europe that he only supported tax breaks for the alternative fuel to pander to farmers in his home state of Tennessee and the first-in-the-nation caucuses state of Iowa.
Say it aint so Al. You supported a green technology just to pander? Just to make money perhaps? But your our savior on all that is eco-friendly. How could you say such a thing. I mean you’re like a green god. Ok, so you don’t really practice your green philosophy at your multi-million dollar home and you fly around in a carbon emitting jet all over the world. But your exempt because of all the great work you do.
It’s ok though I’m sure all the rest of the things you’ve promoted were good.
And to all those that tried to debunk you wonderful movie with facts. Well they just hate you and me, and everyone else. Yeah that’s it. it’s the right wing haters fault.
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea bombarded a South Korean island near their disputed western border Tuesday, setting buildings ablaze and killing at least two marines and injuring 16 others after warning the South to halt military drills in the area, South Korean officials said.
South Korean president says South will unleash ‘enormous retaliation’ should North Korea attack again.
South Korea said it returned fire and scrambled fighter jets in response, and said the "inhumane" attack on civilian areas violated the 1953 armistice halting the Korean War. The two sides technically remain at war because a peace treaty was never negotiated.
AP Video report.
One has to wonder what N. Korea thinks they will gain from this action. The aggression the N. Korean government has shown in the last year is a bit bewildering. But then they’ve gotten away with it thus far.
Korea isn’t my area of expertise, if any area is, so I’m going to do a bit of reading and see if anyone has a glue what’s up with N. Korea. Although I would suggest our apparent weakness in dealing with N. Korea doesn’t help much.
I think it’s time to stand up for our government. I mean on the security front. Folks first off you aren’t smart enough to know what’s good for you. That’s why you elected President Obama. You needed a really smart guy to appoint really smart people to think for you. I know it hurts but it’s true.
On the TSA issue for example, let’s face it. They know more about security than anyone. Just ask them. So you get groped a little bit, so you can’t take you personal care products with you. Come on it’s about safety. Do you want to die? We are in a crisis folks. Take note of the word (crises) you see it often from government spokespeople.
Just think of how many tiny scissor carrying terrorist they’ve thwarted. Yes she may have looked like Granny but she was most likely involved in a huge plot to take over the plane. It’s a known fact in the Anti-terrorist realm that tiny scissors are tools of Al-Qaida.
Its imperative we give up a little liberty for the safety of our children.
Given enough time our elite homeland security officials will have rounded up the obvious home grown terrorist. You know those wacky tea partiers, carrying those riot producing American flags, saying God in public. They are insane. It doesn’t take a genius to see they want to overthrow our thoughtful government and install a Hitler like dictator. Of course we all know who that dictator is don’t’ we? See below.
Then those nutjob gun owners, Talking about freedom and a great country. What the hell are they saying?
Finally the rebellious constitutionalist. This is of course where the real threat is. I can’t believe you all don’t see that. Everyone knows the Constitution is a living document. Why I’m pretty sure I saw it talking to Nancy Pelosi the other day. Who could believe something written so many years ago could even be relevant today.
Oh and Sarah Palin? Why, I can’t believe she hasn’t been locked up for treason. Look at all the harm she’s done. Just look at that family. If that doesn’t say threat I don’t know what does.
No folks, you must face facts. We need this government. We need these leaders. We are too stupid, too weak and too set in the idea of liberty to think for ourselves. With a large enough social net our government will protect us. We just need to stop resisting.