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Before you listen to Obama on Afghanistan, listen to this

Keith Olberman's Special Comment on the escalation of war in Afghanistan


Watch this and consider this Afghan proverb tweeted by Katrina vanden Heuvel today:

You have the watches, we have the time.Katrina vanden Heuvel (@KatrinaNation)
Editor and Publisher, The Nation

Then, you should fax the White House and tell them to stop this insane escalation of a war we cannot win.

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Quotable: Matthew Hoh

[American families] must be reassured their dead have sacrificed for a purpose worthy of futures lost, love vanished, and promised dreams unkept. I have lost confidence such assurances can be made any more.Matthew Hoh
Former Senior Civilian U.S. Representative in Afghanistan

This is a must-read article for anyone seeking to understand the situation on the ground in Afghanistan. It delves into the resignation of Matthew Hoh, the Senior Civilian Representative of the United States in Zabul Province, Afghanistan. Hoh’s letter of resignation (PDF) is a striking condemnation of the war in Afghanistan from a highly regarded veteran of both the conflict there and Iraq and his words are rattling the administration, at least as far up as Richard Holbrooke. We can only hope Obama is shaken, too. But as Hoh said, “I’m not some peacenik, pot-smoking hippie who wants everyone to be in love…there are plenty of dudes who need to be killed…I was never more happy than when our Iraq team whacked a bunch of guys.”

He is quite an interesting fellow and this is definitely worth the read.

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War is Peace: Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

KANDAHAR, Aug 5, 2009 : Villagers look at the bodies of three children after they were killed in an airstrike by foreign troops in Arghandab district of Kandahar, south of Kabul, on Wednesday. Four local civilians including three children were killed in the bombing. This is the oft-overlooked work that goes into earning a Nobel Peace Prize.

Image: PAN/Bashir Nadim

Kandahar, Aug 5, 2009 : Villagers look at the bodies of three children after they were killed in an airstrike by foreign troops in Arghandab district of Kandahar, south of Kabul, on Wednesday. Four local civilians including three children were killed in the bombing. Ed. This is the oft-overlooked work that goes into earning a Nobel Peace Prize.


When doublespeak rules the day, anything is possible. Look no further than the Nobel committee for proof of concept. This isn’t the first bogus award they have awarded and I’m sure it won’t be the last. There must be something about handing out blood money that perverts your sense of decency. I just don’t know how any rational committee can look at the faces of the dead children above and say that Barrack Obama, the man who is ultimately responsible for the scene you see in that photograph, the man with whom “the buck stops” as Harry Truman put it, is the greatest harbinger of peace in the world and give him $1.4 million. Why not find the next of kin from that picture and give them the peace prize and $1.4 million? That would be a statement.

I’m not being obtuse. I understand and appreciate the fact that this is a rebuke of the insufferable dullard and warmonger George W. Bush by the international community. Symbolism, blah, blah. Look at those faces! We murdered those children just two months ago, likely via remote control, with the tacit acceptance of our society and our leader, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Barrack Obama. There is nothing peaceful about that. Keep looking at those faces. They are the faces of Obama’s peace. War is not peace. Remember that.

[Ed. 01:39 AM CDT 10/10/09] For the better part of the day, this piece misidentified an “insufferable dullard and warmonger” as George H.W. Bush, when in fact I meant George W. Bush. His father, George H.W. Bush, was not an insufferable dullard, but simply a warmonger.

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