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Debate Rages Over US Role In Libya | Here & Now

President Obama insists the military operation in Libya serves U.S. interests, but military analyst Andrew Bacevich is skeptical of that claim. Bacevich says the mission in Libya will eventually expand to regime change regardless of intentions. And he wonders if this means we’ll go into Yemen, Syria or Bahrain next. We speak with Bacevich, who is professor of history and ...

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Obama’s Libya War: Unconstitutional, Naïve, Hypocritical | The Progressive, The Nation, Common Dreams

Our founders would be appalled that a President of the United States could launch the country into an armed conflict half a world away without a formal declaration of war by Congress, much less barely any discussion of it by the House or by the Senate. Read more here: Obama’s Libya War: Unconstitutional, Naïve, Hypocritical | The Progressive. The grotesque ...

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Libya Declares Ceasefire; Countries reject | AlterNet

Moamer Kadhafi threatened to turn into “hell” the lives of anyone who attacks Libya in line with a UN Security Council resolution passed overnight. His remarks came in an interview with Portuguese state television, a tape of which AFP has obtained a copy, just hours before the Security Council voted late Thursday to permit “all necessary measures” to establish the ...

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Poll: Nearly two-thirds of Americans say Afghan war isn’t worth fighting | The Washington Post

Nearly two-thirds of Americans now say the war in Afghanistan is no longer worth fighting, the highest proportion yet opposed to the conflict, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. The finding signals a growing challenge for President Obama as he decides how quickly to pull U.S. forces from the country beginning this summer. After nearly a decade of ...

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Libya is a conundrum made in hell – or rather Downing Street | Simon Tisdall, The Guardian

NATO and EU leaders huddling in Brussels, wondering what to do about Libya, face an uncomfortable emerging reality. Unless there is significant western military intervention to support the opposition and ensure Muammar Gaddafi’s overthrow – and time is getting short – it seems increasingly likely he will survive the revolt. On current battlefield trends, Gaddafi is set to continue indefinitely ...

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Peres seeks meeting with Obama to kick-start peace process | Haaretz Daily Newspaper

Israeli President expresses concern over current stalemate, voices disappointment over Netanyahu’s statement that in any agreement the IDF would retain control of the Jordan Valley. President Shimon Peres has asked the White House to arrange for him to meet with President Barack Obama over the coming month to discuss ideas to kick-start the peace process, Haaretz has learned. Peres has ...

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Obama’s Long Overdue Relationship With Latin America | Council on Hemispheric Affairs

With high hopes, foreign leaders abroad have waited in anticipation for the “new alliance” that Obama articulated. However, after two years in office, the best to come out of Washington is flawed and minimalist diplomacy. Such listless policies at best retread old territory and at worst prevent US and Latin American leaders from progressing in their search for inspired leadership. ...

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Afghanistan Withdrawal Resolution Passes Democratic National Committee Without Dissent | The Nation

The Democratic National Committee—whose leader, after all, is President Barack Obama—passed a resolution at last weekend’s Washington, DC, conference calling for an acceleration of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan more rapidly than the president’s current 2014 timeline. The policy resolution demands a “swift withdrawal” of troops and contractors starting with a “significant and sizeable reduction [of troops] no later than ...

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Ralph Nader: Obama’s Puzzling Silence | CounterPunch

Mr. Obama knows that nonprofits have been overwhelmed by the demands for their services during this Great Recession. Legal services for the poor, nonprofit day-care centers, and many other types of groups strain to keep up with people knocking on their doors for aid. Yet, though he rhetorically urges more volunteerism, as all presidents do, in his travels around the ...

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Palestinians, Israel and Freedom and Democracy | Accuracy.Org

Professor Dogan, whose 18-year-old son Furkan was killed during the Israeli military raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in May 2010, is in Washington, D.C. He hopes to convince U.S. officials to open an independent investigation into his son’s killing by Israeli commandos and to discuss with them what the U.S. has done, or will do, to ensure justice and accountability ...

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The Security Budget vs. the Necessities of Americans. How does military spending impact Americans? | Global Research

President Obama and the Congress have taken 66% of discretionary spending in the federal budget off the table –the SecurityBudget – while proposing a freeze to the rest of the budget and deep cuts to some programs that provide necessities for the American people. His budget crystalizes a choice that U.S. presidents have been making since President Eisenhower warned of ...

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