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Colbert on The Real Scandal: Duty

Here’s Colbert on Robert Gates’ memoir Duty. Bottom line, this book is a scathing portrait of our so-called Commander in Chief, a president who opposes our involvement in Afghanistan. And there’s only one way to describe people with that attitude: … Continue reading
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Flashback To The Bush Administration’s Obsession With Bombing Al Jazeera

It’s been some years since the Bad Old Days of the Bush administration’s war on everything– including journalism. So, with Al Jazeera’s move to the U.S., Conservatives are taking a familiar position on their corporate-sponsored airwaves getting an early start … Continue reading
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34,000 U.S. Troops to Withdraw This Year

Last month President Obama indicated that U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan would soon accelerate and, according to USA Today, he will confirm as much tonight during his State of the Union Address. President Obama plans to announce Tuesday that 34,000 more … Continue reading
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John McCain’s Latest Nothingburger

Senator John McCain is engaging in a little bit of political grandstanding and posturing today by adding an amendment to the farm bill demanding a report from Leon Panetta on the potential harms that await the Pentagon should congress fail … Continue reading

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Sullivan vs Greenwald on Al-Awlaki

On Friday night’s Real Time, Sullivan and Greenwald debated the assassination of Anwar Al-Awlaki and, naturally, Greenwald opposed the killing while Sullivan and Maher defended the killing. You can watch the debate here. As soon as someone takes up arms … Continue reading

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Who Saw This Coming? Part 2

Again, their reactions are all too predictable. During a morning pandering session in Mississippi today, Rick Santorum attacked President Obama over the continued “unraveling” of Afghanistan by attributing recent events to giving the enemy “hope.” OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss.–As he mingled … Continue reading

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Who Saw This Coming?

I did, for one. Just as predicted, Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller is attacking President Obama for apologizing for the murder of civilians in Afghanistan yesterday morning by a U.S. soldier. And here’s the kicker — The Daily Caller wants to … Continue reading

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Time to Come Home

According to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, a clear majority of Americans believe the war in Afghanistan has largely been a waste of time, and a simple majority believe we should have come home yesterday. Sixty percent of Americans … Continue reading

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The Case for Drone Strikes

Oliver Willis wrote a sensible defense for liberal support for the use of predator drones. I don’t mind saying that I also support the careful use of drones for all the reasons Oliver wrote about, but — and this is … Continue reading

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Afghanistan Ending Sooner Rather Than Later

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced today that American forces will withdraw from a major combat role and focus on advising and training a year ahead of the scheduled complete withdrawal date. BRUSSELS — In a major milestone toward ending … Continue reading

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Super Stupid

Brit Hume says, “I just don’t think it’s despicable,” that Marines urinated on the dead bodies of Taliban soldiers. Evidently Brit doesn’t think it’s despicable when a group of thoughtless jagoffs hand the enemy a bottomless cup of propaganda urging … Continue reading

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Another Tip from the Crazy Caucus

Rep. Allen West (R-Crazy Caucus) has something to say about critics of the Marines who pissed on the corpses of Taliban soldiers. “As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is … Continue reading

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Crappy News from Pakistan

Unless this is handled very delicately, it could be a very big problem: ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani government has demanded the U.S. vacate an air base within 15 days that the CIA is suspected of using for unmanned drones. … Continue reading

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Why Weren't They Bronzed?

SEAL Team 6 should have been immortalized and honorably removed from service. Instead… KABUL, Afghanistan — Insurgents shot down a U.S. military helicopter during fighting in eastern Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans, most of them belonging to the same elite unit … Continue reading

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Bring the Boys Home, Save $1.1 Trillion

Most if not all of the Republicans are opposed to President Obama ending the Iraq War as well as the forthcoming end to the Afghanistan War. But, via Ezra Klein, the CBO says that reducing our military forces in those … Continue reading

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Whoops!

Ugh. Really? For months, the secret talks unfolding between Taliban and Afghan leaders to end the war appeared to be showing promise, if only because of the appearance of a certain insurgent leader at one end of the table: Mullah … Continue reading

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Something's Fishy About This

This sounds eerily like the effort to discredit Daniel Ellsberg. Sweden has cancelled an arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on accusations of rape and molestation. The Swedish Prosecution Authority website said the chief prosecutor had come to the … Continue reading

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Will There Be A McDonald’s At Ground Zero?

Posted by John Christian Plummer Or a shop that sell cigarettes? Because I can read, and thus I know that more Americans die of arterial damage and lung disease every year than are killed by Muslims praying to Allah. The … Continue reading

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Why We Fight

This is easily one of the best Colbert segments ever. Almost too bizarre to be true. David H. Brooks is a screwball defense contractor who embezzled $200 million in taxpayer funds which he spent on porn, hookers and plastic surgery … Continue reading

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Just Thinking Out Loud Here

I wonder if the House Republicans and conservadems made sure the war funding bill was deficit neutral. Likewise, I wonder if Kent Conrad and Tom Coburn will demand a CBO scoring before they take up the bill in the Senate. … Continue reading

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