200 US troops are headed to Jordan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today. Their stated purpose is to help contain violence spilling over from the Syrian conflict, and according to Mohammad al-Momani, Jordan’s Minister of State for Information, they should be arriving “in the next few weeks.” This is a significant announcement, but we’re betting it’ll get buried under all the news today about gun control legislation and the Boston explosion. And that’s a shame. source
The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, butForeign Policy’s edited version of Obama’s first inauguration speech, reflected what actually took place during his first term, is a hoot. (Word of warning: FP’s registration screen is incredibly annoying and will make you want to pull your hair out, but the article is free.)
whether it works, whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignifiedCongress can stomach passing a budget or raising the debt ceiling.
Every one of these is reviewed, and rest assured, the public reports about civilian casualties are not just a little bit wrong, they are wildly wrong.Republican Rep. Mike Rogers • During a discussion of the House Intelligence Committee’s review process, for U.S. drone strikes in foreign countries, with Ohio’s Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich on the House floor Monday. The current chairman of the House Intelligence Committee also said he believes ”that people use those reports for their own political purposes outside of the country to try to put pressure on the United States.” source
Most Americans see the establishment center as an empty, decaying void that commands neither their confidence nor their love. It is the establishment center that has led us into the stupidest and cruelest war in all history. That war is a moral and political disaster — a terrible cancer eating away the soul of the nation. … It was not the American worker who designed the Vietnam war or our military machine. It was the establishment wise men, the academicians of the center.
— George McGovern on war and the politics that produce war, from a campaign speech in April 1972. (via Reason)
Statements like this have earned McGovern huge respect among progressives even to this day.
It’s not that Romney struck out against a major league pitcher. I mean, here, he struck out playing t-ball. This should have been easy and it wasn’t for him apparently.Obama campaign aide Colin Kahl • Pulling out the dagger against Mitt Romney, who spent a week overseas, stretching out his foreign policy legs in other countries. Problem — he kept making headlines for doing stupid things. First, he criticized Britain for being unable to handle the Olympics. Then he made a negative comment about Palestinian culture. Finally, he bashed Obama for scrapping a missile defense system — a criticism which the Slovakian foreign minister didn’t like. So yeah, kinda rough — though he did score points with Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, for what it’s worth.
This president is the problem, not something that Newt Gingrich said.Rick Perry • Putting a nice bow on the ribbon that was the debate over Newt Gingrich’s Palestine comments. To a degree, yes, but considering Israel/Palestine has become such a large issue for conservatives, that’s not entirely true.