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Following are excerpts from Dagbloggers on the Libya intervention from March through 1 June. Who got it right? Who got it wrong? What do the naysayers of a few months ago say now?
In my opinion Obama did make the right call here. He insisted the Europeans take the lead in aerial operations as they have done for months through NATO. Although there has been a large loss of life, NATO has not lost anyone, and a fanatical dictator may be close to removal without US 'boots on the ground' with no US casualties. The 'ragtag' rebels are in the streets of Tripoli, not the Marines.
Why are the Republicans (and Dagblog) dead quiet on how this conflict has gone? [Read more]
It seems the Obama administration may be eager once again to 'give in' to Republican bullying, threats and demands, to 'get a deal' on the debt limit raise and the deficit. We saw it when he dropped single payer. Again with the Dec. 2010 deal on extending the Bush tax cuts. Obama now may be ready to do what George W. Bush with a Republican Congress was unable to do in 2005. [Read more]
The NBA lockout started yesterday, and one might ask, who cares about millionaires fighting billionaires? Looking at the details, it appears that even NBA player millionaires are, like 'little people', ripe targets for scams by greedy and rich corporate run organizations. I side with the players for the reasons below. The following is my interpretation of facts presented from ESPN articles linked below.. [Read more]
How bold will Obama be, or will he go with leaving the the big decisions to the military? General Petraeus says we have made tremendous achievements in the region, yet, our progress is 'fragile and reversible'. (Is progress ever not reversible, especially in Afghanistan?) Information on options from Yahoo link. [Read more]
Does anyone feel sorry for these folks, perhaps of the Republican tribe, and likely believers in the magic and morality of unfettered capitalism, for being sucked into expensive real estate deals where they lost lots of money, buying into the image inspired by the name 'Trump'? [Read more]
Ron Gould (Republican-AZ) will have to disarm when he goes to public events, sporting events, or enters libraries or government buildings in Arizona. Yes, he will have to leave his gun in his car, friends. Is this an outrage?? The Bill involved, dutifully passed by the Republican Legislature and sent to the Governor for her signature, has been vetoed. By Arizona's Republican Governor Brewer, of 'beheading in the desert' fame.  [Read more]
Bernie Sanders forced the Fed to release this information, which apparently was only produced after lawsuits by news organizations, Sanders website:
It's not a conviction of BP, Transocean or Halliburton; none of the companies has even been indicted in the Macondo/Deepwater Horizon oil blowout that killed 11 workers, spilled a gazillion barrels of oil killing untold numbers of marine life and coating miles of coastline with oil and dead animals. Reports have noted numerous cost-cutting shortcuts that BP and its contractors made which led to the disaster, but intentionally cutting corners and dismissing safe operating procedures, and thereby killing people and ruining the environment is just business as usual in the oil business. BP has been fined, but no one now seems to have any prospect of going to jail.
Republican Russell Pearce, Arizona Senate President, author of Arizona Law 1070 on 'enforcing the law' on immigrants, has a little problem with his own son breaking the law. The guy who thinks he has the solution to illegal immigration, can't keep his criminal son out of trouble. Well, what else does one expect from Republicans but hypocrisy? They are ready to run your life and they have all the ideas on how to 'fix' the country, but they can't competently run their family. [Read more]