Summer vacation? Elaine and I may go on a vacation. We're still talking about it. We will spend 2 weeks at C.I.'s house in California as we usually do each year. And if they go to a hearing during that time, I'll probably tag along just to see what's going on in Congress. During that time I will post on my regular schedule but may be briefer or do lazy summer posts.
Three people are swearing in e-mails that Green Lantern is great. So Elaine and I are seeing it tomorrow night. I may blog a little late. Not planning but just in case we end up running late.
Bill Van Auken has a piece at WSWS on Afghanistan:
By the end of this month, President Barack Obama is expected to announce his decision on how many troops he will withdraw from Afghanistan come July, his self-imposed deadline to—as he put it in December 2009—“begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan.”
He made the pledge in a speech announcing his “surge” of an additional 33,000 troops into the war-torn country. Since coming into office at the beginning of 2009, the Democratic administration has tripled the size of the US military force deployed in Afghanistan, which now totals nearly 100,000.
In the year and a half since Obama delivered this speech, he and other US officials have sought to minimize the importance of the July 2011 deadline, stressing that it is only the beginning of a process that will be determined by conditions prevailing in Afghanistan and on the basis of consultation with military commanders.I really don't get how the Cult of St. Barack can continue to self-deceive. Do you?
He's got his drone war on Pakistan, he's started the Libyan War, he's continued Guantanamo, he's continued the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars and yet they continue to deceive themselves. They are like a woman marrying Tommy Lee and swearing he'll never cheat on her.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"