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Politics – Conor Friedersdorf – Blowback and the Consequences of Obama’s Foreign Policies | The Atlantic

The GOP won’t critique his approaches. But absent a reckoning, America won’t be able to weigh whether long-term costs are worth the short-term benefits. Mitt Romney is constrained in the foreign policy critique that he can make by the Republican coalition, where outspoken hawkishness has been a theme since the September 11 terrorists attacks. But if the GOP were less ...

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From dreams to drones: who is the real Barack Obama? | Pankaj Mishra, The Guardian

As the latest US attacks kill 17 and threaten to destabilise Pakistan, the president could be the cruellest political hoax of our times by Pankaj Mishra Barack Obama, according to Foreign Policy magazine, “has become George W Bush on steroids”. Armed with a “kill list”, the Nobel peace laureate now hosts “Tuesday terror” meetings at the White House to discuss ...

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Drone wars and state secrecy – how Barack Obama became a hardliner | The Observer

Civilian casualties are common. Obama’s first strike in Yemen killed two families who were neighbours of the target. One in Pakistan missed and blew up a respected tribal leader and a peace delegation. He has deliberately killed American citizens, including the radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in September last year, and accidentally killed others, such as Awlaki’s 16-year-old son, Abdul-Rahman. The ...

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Secret ‘Kill List’ Tests Obama’s Principles | NYTimes.com

Mr. Obama has placed himself at the helm of a top secret “nominations” process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, of which the capture part has become largely theoretical. He had vowed to align the fight against Al Qaeda with American values; the chart, introducing people whose deaths he might soon be asked to order, underscored just what a ...

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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, The Golden Age of Special Operations | TomDispatch

They have a way of slipping under the radar, whether heading into Pakistan looking for Osama bin Laden, Central Africa looking for Joseph Kony, or Yemen assumedly to direct local military action against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. I’m talking, of course, about U.S. special operations forces. These days, from Somalia to the Philippines, presidential global interventions are increasingly a ...

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Israel’s huge reward | Salon.com

s President Obama given up on Israel? The U.S. may soon give the country its biggest defense paycheck yet Has President Obama given up on Israel? The U.S. may soon give the country its biggest defense paycheck yet By Nina Burleigh As progressives total up the ways Obama dashed their hopes for the elusive change we can believe in, there ...

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Obama Touts War’s End in Afghanistan, But Critics See Election-Year Guise for Prolonged Occupation | DemocracyNow!

On a surprise visit to Afghanistan, President Obama marked the one-year anniversary of the assassination of Osama bin Laden and announced the signing of a long-term strategic partnership with the Afghan government. In a speech to the U.S. public, Obama said the agreement heralds “a future in which the war ends, and a new chapter begins.” We’re joined by writer ...

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Obama Blames Congress For Inaction On Climate Change, While Calling For Increase In Fossil Fuel Production | ThinkProgress

Praising the boom in domestic oil and gas drilling, Obama announced that he is “directing my Administration to open more than 75 percent of our potential offshore oil and gas resources.” He called for “every possible action” to develop “a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly one hundred years.” The “one hundred years” supply of gas is questionable. More importantly, burning that supply would emit about 100 billion tons of carbon dioxide.

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Vets For Peace Votes to Impeach Obama for War Crimes: Victory for Rank and File | Counterpunch

Veterans for Peace (VFP), a progressive organization if ever there was one, took the courageous step of voting for the “impeachment of President Barack H. Obama for war crimes” at its annual national convention in Portland Oregon in August. The resolution, which called on Congress to immediately begin impeachment proceedings, passed with a majority vote. The resolution sounds the death ...

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