November 5th, 2008

The Morning After

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  1. Ilidas says:

    A fine and thoughtful essay you’ve come forth with here. The chosen selection of photos, an apposite system of punctuation. You’ve established a historical context of great breadth and scope — there is much here to contemplate. Let us read and reread, for now, savoring this new breeze blowing.

    November 7th, 2008 at 11:23 pm

  2. ed says:

    Report on Obama Let Down Syndrome.

    I feel a bit of it myself.

    November 11th, 2008 at 7:00 pm

  3. ed says:

    People are worrying about Obama’s proposed Civilian National Security Force. Little Jimmy Grimaldi joins in.

    November 14th, 2008 at 3:58 pm

  4. ed says:

    Re the question as to how long democratically-inclined interests will hold the internet edge, here’s a funny (?) story about Bibi Netanyahu, leader of the Likud in Israel (and leading in polls for the February election), mimicking the MyObama social network site in near perfect detail.

    November 14th, 2008 at 6:44 pm

  5. ed says:

    Re the closing puzzlement re Obama’s support of the Afghan Surge, and remark that perhaps he may change his mind — I’ve fallen off my ass on the way to Damascus.

    CIA director Hayden’s speech of November 13 showed me the light.

    It now seems clear that both Obama and McCain had committed, some time ago, to a NATO ground war in northwest Pakistan early in the new presidency.
    See discussion here.

    November 15th, 2008 at 9:44 am

  6. ed says:

    Transition Blues:

    Obama warned of big terror strikes, perhaps before he takes office.

    Folds perhaps into the chat linked in prior comment — re preparation for large-scale war in pakistan.

    – Bush is being petitioned by CIA et al to pardon people who committed torture in pursuit of truth, justice & american way.

    November 15th, 2008 at 9:19 pm

  7. Drew says:

    Whoa — ed., between the sweeping essay and the multiple follow-ups, there’s a lot to digest here. Give us a moment or two….

    November 16th, 2008 at 3:55 pm

  8. ed says:

    So it seems Hillary will be State, Richardson Commerce and Tim Geithner — current head of the NY Fed — at Treasury.

    A year ago everybody thought Geithner was great. But I think concentrating all the power, now, in Fed heads — given their miserable slow and so far ineffective reactions — isn’t the best move.

    They should have tried to get somebody like Bill Gross. Outside the current Rat Pack, insofar as possible.

    November 21st, 2008 at 3:45 pm

  9. ed says:

    The London Times has a three-page spread with photos — all about the prolonged torture of Obama’s grandfather by British authorities in the 50s, when the movement for Kenya’s independence was underway.

    December 3rd, 2008 at 9:48 pm

  10. ed says:

    Obama will appoint a Marine general as his national security advisor. James Jones. And says he will have to keep something like 20,000 to 50,000 troops in Iraq even after pulling out all “combat troops” after 16 months.

    And meanwhile the current Sec’y of Defense (Gates) and Pentagon chairman (Mullen — who has been running our Pakistan foreign policy this year) will be staying on.

    It would seem the Pentagon will be running Obama’s foreign policy — a continuation of Bush-Cheney in form and substance.

    A fortiori: look for a lot more war next year, in Pakghanistan.

    December 4th, 2008 at 10:11 am

  11. ed says:

    Well, nearly two years on. The 2010 elections draw near. Seems the Donkeys will lose the House. Probably hang on to their rather toothless majority in the Senate.

    Frank Rich in the NY Times paints the picture of Obama’s failure of vision, values and practical experience.

    As long feared here: He was not ready to try to run Washington. Hillary would have done much better.

    What Happens when the Face that Launched a Thousand Ships for Change We Need fails to secure the beachhead? This:

    October 24th, 2010 at 6:35 pm

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