Political Book Summaries, Reviews and Opinions

Political Book Summaries, Reviews and Opinions

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Book Excerpt:Worse Than Watergate by John W Dean


Book Excerpt: Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush

Book Excerpt: Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush

Book Excerpt from Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush by John W Dean

The George W Bush administration will probably give historians something interesting to discuss for decades to come, easily longer. Love him or hate him, he changed America. Starting with 9/11, two occupations, a global war against islamic extremism, and a crippled economy. Here’s a book excerpt from several years ago detailing the more secretive side of the Bush Administration. I thought it was appropiate in relation to the current wikileaks controversy. Read more of this post

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Book Review: State of Denial by Bob Woodward


State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III by Bob Woodward is a definitive break from his two previous Bush at War books which we reviewed here and here.  Finally, instead of being a dispassionate chronicler, Woodward takes a critical look at the bungled Iraq War.  Read more of this post

Book Excerpt: War is a lie by David Swanson


War is a Lie by David Swanson

War is a Lie by David Swanson

Book excerpt from War is a lie by David Swanson

What follows is a book excerpt from an avid anti-war protester. A lot of people made the argument that Bush lied to get us to war. Others argue he lied to himself, or just simply got it wrong. Personally, I know as that matters, I’m more offended by the incompetence that followed the invasion.

This guy does believe Bush lied to get us to war, but he has a much larger and deeper point, that all wars are lies. He very much anti-war, and like any of the other books I talk about, I’m not about to endorce the guy. But, for all that’s said for the sake of argument, here’s something said for the sake of peace. Read more of this post

Book Review: Bush at War by Bob Woodward


Bob Woodward set out to write about George W. Bush’s first year as President, covering his tax cuts and domestic agenda, but when September 11th happened it changed the focus of his book.  Instead Woodward covered the Administration after 9/11 occurred and their implementation of the War on Terror, specifically on the Afghanistan front.  Read more of this post

Jews vs. Arabs: Round 4001


So the big news of the week is the Israeli raid. I have a lot of thoughts, and I’m not sure in what order to hit them all, but let’s try.

1. I want America to leave the region. I like Israel just fine, and as an ally, if they are invaded by a ground army of a foreign nation, we can send in our troops. But they are having a border dispute with the Palestinian people and that’s their issue, until that issue is resolved, we need to stop sending either party aid of any kind, no money, no weapons, no training. We need to make it clear to all those people over there that whatever their beef, it ain’t got nothing to do with us. Read more of this post

US Soldiers die in Pakistan


(AP/Huffington Post) — SHAHI KOTO, Pakistan — A roadside bomb killed three U.S. soldiers and partly destroyed a girls’ school in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday in an attack that drew attention to a little-publicized American military training mission in the al-Qaida and Taliban heartland.

They were the first known U.S. military fatalities in Pakistan’s lawless tribal regions near the Afghan border and a major victory for militants who have been hit hard by a surge of U.S. missile strikes and a major Pakistani army offensive. Read more of this post

We won the wars!


Soldiers coming home

These people won! Bring them home as heroes!

 

I say, we won the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and as such should bring home the large bulk of soldiers we have over there. 

We killed Saddam in Iraq. Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda fled Afghanistan, leaving about 100 guys. The old governments are gone, replaced with democracies. We have huge embassies in each (read military bases) and we have economic problems at home. 

Now, that isn’t to say there a lot of stuff wrong in those countries. But those problems exist post-victory. Much like how the North won the Civil war, but the South Carolina statehouse kept waving the confederate flag. People still where the flag on their jackets and pickup trucks. It took us about a hundred years AFTER winning the civil war to get blacks some semblance of equality. Likewise in Iraq and Afghanistan, it may be close to a hundred years before there is some semblance of equality for everyone in that country (hell, in the US we’re still squeamish about letting the gays marry). 

We won WWI, but a few years later Germany was still mad and started WWII. We won WWII, but people still wear the Nazi Swastika and Jews are still locked up in a tiny bit of land surrounded by people trying to kill them. We won the Revolutionary War, but it was decades before we had civil relations with England. 

So yes, there are still Taliban guys killing their own people and there are still dumbasses killing each other for sectarian reasons. The countries are still infected with violent islamic extremism, they still have horrible governments, they’re still illiterate and they’re not likely to get better in 18 months or 18 years. Maybe in 2 generations they’ll be ready to join the international community as sensible equals. But that isn’t a problem the military can fix. That’s not a war. There isn’t a US military solution to “Karzai is a giant raging corrupt thieving douche bag” or “violent extremist islamic nut jobs think Achmed the Dead Terrorist is a good role model for little kids”. 

How can we as a nation send our families to war, and then after they win the war, pull the rug out from under them and say: 

Karzai is a douche

There isn't a US military solution to "Karzai is a giant raging corrupt thieving douche bag"

 

 “oh, um, yeah, I know you think you’ve done your job, but um, now you have to build a fully functioning democracy in the asshole of the world with a population that is 90% illiterate, a government that is corrupt, a legislature that legalizes rape and a people that think America is Satan. So um, good luck coming home before that 100 year mark McCain warned us about.” 

Therefore, we should:
A. Bring home the bulk of our forces
B. Leave a few thousand soldiers (5,000-10,000 tops) as special forces, trainers, air force, support, etc.
C. Have parades for the troops that have been through so much and fought so hard and won us everything a military can win.
D. Continue to give both countries monetary aid, loans, technical assistance, protection from foreign governments and internal terrorist groups, and diplomatic support whenever possible. 

“D” there is important. We won the war, we still need to win the peace. We put ourselves over there, it is our responsibility to help them. That is our responsibility, helping. It is not our responsibility to spend 1 million per soldier per year holding their country together. 

So please, please America. Let’s admit the simple truth, we won the wars. We can bring our people home and throw them the biggest parade the world has ever seen. 

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America at War: US troops to move north


Tensions between the Iraqi Army and the Kurdish militia, known as pesh merga, have kept them from working together, and as a result Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia has been able to launch devastating attacks on small villages not controlled by either side, the commander, Gen.Ray Odierno, said on Monday. A series of bombings of villages in Nineveh Province has killed more than 150 people in the past week and a half.

We can never forget we’re at war. This is an article about the difficulties that country is facing in regard to unifying the countries 3 different people (Sunni, Shiite, and Kurd).

Iraqi prime minister vists Iraq: Yay!


BAGHDAD, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) — Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki paid a visit on Sunday to the northern Kurdish region to hold talks with Kurdish leaders over disputes of oil and land.

Maliki’s visit is his first to the autonomous region since he took office in 2006 as prime minister of Iraq’s first permanent government after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

Well, I’m glad that as our soldiers kill fight bleed and die for them that the guy has made time to deal with the country’s biggiest internal problem. This question of oil revenue has been causing problems for years. This is their biggest internal issue after basic security (even more important than hating us).

But what took so long?
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