President Obama is on the verge of deciding how many troops to pull out of Afghanistan starting this July—and whether he'll pull them all out by December. His second term rests on his getting the US out of the war.
Now that Osama bin Laden is dead and Al Qaeda is scattered around the globe, does it really make sense to keep using over 100,000 U.S. troops to occupy Afghanistan and prop up a corrupt government? Over a dozen members of Congress don’t think so.
President Barack Obama delivered a national address on Sunday, May 1 to explain the operation that led to Osama bin Laden's killing.
Will he risk multiple military quagmires or campaign on a pledge to pull troops out of Afghanistan and Pakistan and drones out of Pakistan and Libya?
How often do empires end well, really? They live vampirically by feeding off others until, sooner or later, they begin to feed on themselves, to suck their own blood, to hollow themselves out.
On the Libyan intervention, the question demands to be asked: Are we winning yet? And if not, why persist in an effort for which great pain is repaid with such little gain?
The critical issue before this nation today is not Libyan democracy; it is American democracy.
Is the US supplying a dictator with arms and training to suppress the Yemeni people?
If President Saleh falls, the US will have lost a pliant partner in its “global war on terror.”