Category Archive for 'international politics'

Unfinished Justice

Friday, November 12th, 2010

The headline says it all:

If U.S. Won’t Prosecute Bush, at Least 145 Other Countries Should

The Tofu-eating President

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

The Wingnutosphere is all atwitter over Obama bowing to Japanese Emperor Akihito.
Of course Obama bowed. What the right wing wackjobs have failed to realize is that, all along, Obama was never a secret Muslim. They’ve never uncovered the truth…until now.
Obama is a secret Buddhist.
And he is building his civilian national security [...]

Misleading Ledes on Iran’s “Nuclear Facility”

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

How odd is that. Something over a month ago, Iran announced that they were 1.5 years away from completing a uranium enrichment plant near Qom that they claimed was for producing reactor-grade nuclear fuel. Now, seemingly instantaneously, IAEA has been granted access to the facility.
But notice the inaccurate and [...]

Excuses for a Torture State

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Since the release of four formerly top secret memos last week, we have been bombarded from the right by excuses.
One excuse tries to downplay the torture found in the memo with snark like, “Oh…bugs in a box. That’s torture?”
The flaw in this excuse is obvious. That [...]

Cowboy Diplomacy Watch

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

So…

Obama had given standing orders for the military to take “decisive action” if Phillips was in “imminent danger,” Gortney said.

But…why was Obama so quiet throughout it all? Shouldn’t he have told the pirates that they were “wanted, dead or alive?” Shouldn’t he have gotten on the teevee and told the world [...]

Arrogance

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

The Wingnuts are outraged at Obama’s “unwarranted attack on his homeland while travelling abroad.”
(Have I mentioned before that I find use of the term “homeland” just dripping with arrogance and religious pretension?)
The outrage arises out of Obama statement:

In America, there is a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world. [...]

Kill dem Iranians! Kill ‘em Good!

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

There were no new presidential head-to-head polls today, and I’ve been busy on jury duty today. So…I’ll just rant a little bit about a strange McCain news item.
Sen. John McCain, once again, demonstrates that Republicans, by and large, are humor-challenged :

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – Presidential candidate John McCain, who once sang in jest about [...]

Hard Hat Alert

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

George Bush offered some helpful words at the Annapolis setting-the-framework-for-thinking-about-conditions-for peace conference today (my emphasis):

“We express our determination to bring an end to bloodshed, suffering and decades of conflict between our peoples; to usher in a new era of peace, based on freedom, security, justice, dignity, respect and mutual recognition; to propagate a culture of [...]

Goin’ After Ahmadinejad

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

Scott Adams (you know, of Dilbert fame), takes a hatchet to Ahmadinejad. A couple of excerpts….

Ahmadinejad believes his role is to pave the way for the coming of the Twelfth Imam. That’s a primitive apocalyptic belief! I thank Jesus I do not live in a country led by a man who believes [...]

New Front in the “War on Terror™?”

Monday, May 7th, 2007

We can probably expect some new war rhetoric from the Bush administration against Ecuador after they refused to extend a 1993 investment treaty with the U.S.:

“This treaty has caused our country a lot of problems,” [Foreign Affairs Minister Maria] Espinosa told Ecuadorian television. “We think that this treaty doesn’t represent our national interests.”
The treaty, signed [...]

How to End an Ethnic, Political and Religious Conflict

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

To me, this drips with irony:

President Bush urged Northern Ireland political leaders on Thursday to take the steps needed to reach an agreement on a new government for the British-ruled province by next Monday.
[...]
Gordon Johndroe, spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said Bush urged [Unionist Party leader Ian] Paisley and [Sinn Féin [...]

Failures and Diversions

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

Billions and billions and billions squandered through incompetence in Iraq. Billions of dollars that could have gone for better schools, could have been used to fight homelessness, could have been used to improve childhood nutrition, might have been used to replace crumbling infrastructure. Instead, the Bush administration lost the money [...]

Powell to “World Leaders:” Civil War

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

From Reuters:

“I would call it a civil war,” Powell told a business forum in the United Arab Emirates. “I have been using it (civil war) because I like to face the reality,” added Powell.
He said world leaders should acknowledge Iraq was in civil war.

I wonder who Powell is refering to when he says “world leaders?” [...]

Quagmire. Period.

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

And now Kissinger agrees with what the critics of Bush’s Iraq efforts have been saying for a couple of years. From the AP:

Military victory is no longer possible in Iraq, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said in a television interview broadcast Sunday.
Kissinger presented a bleak vision of Iraq, saying the U.S. government must [...]

Switzerland Breaks Neutrality over North Korea

Monday, October 9th, 2006

Almost nobody is happy about the recent nuclear weapons test conducted early Monday morning in North Korea. Even Switzerland has come out in favor of sanctions.

In a strongly worded communiqué, the Swiss government described the reported test as “counter to international efforts to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons… and as a threat to [...]

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