One of the good things about the week has been the comics and here's another one, Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Debt Man and Blunder Boy"
Joe Biden and his hairy legs. :D Is that a pamper he's wearing? Debt Man and Blunder Boy. A classic.
Bill Van Auken (WSWS) has a serious subject today, the Afghanistan War. Here's a taste of his essay:
Nearly two months after President Barack Obama announced plans for a limited withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, the evolution of US strategy in the nearly 10-year-old war points to a steady escalation of bloodshed.
When Obama made his announcement, which calls for the withdrawal of only the 33,000 “surge” troops he ordered into Afghanistan in December 2009, the president proclaimed that “the light of a secure peace can be seen in the distance.” The only real light being given off by this so-called “secure peace” is that produced by explosions of Hellfire missiles and American bombs in a war that is set to continue indefinitely.
Within official circles in Washington there is considerable discussion about prospects for reaching a negotiated deal with the Taliban, whose government was overthrown by the US invasion of October 2001. Having previously ruled out Taliban participation in an upcoming international conference on Afghanistan in Germany, the US ambassador to Kabul, Ryan Crocker, recently suggested that their attendance was a matter to be decided by the Afghan government and the Afghan High Peace Council.
Meanwhile, mid-ranking State Department and CIA officials have met with Taliban representatives at least three times since January in Germany and Qatar. The Taliban, for its part, has consistently declared that there can be no talk of negotiating a settlement of the Afghan conflict until all foreign troops are out of the country.
Especially revealing in regard to this process is “Afghan Peace Talks: a Primer,” a newly released study by the Rand Corporation, the Pentagon-backed think tank that has played a prominent role in US military strategy from nuclear brinksmanship with the Soviet Union and the Vietnam War through to the “global war on terror.”
Where has Barack been a success for the people?
On the foreign issues, he's just a War Maniac forever desperate to start more wars. Today he was bellowing at the president of Syria -- apparently forgetting that he's already got the Iraq War, the Afghanistan War, the Libyan War and the drone war on Pakistan.
On domestic issues, he's destroyed the economy by creating massive debts due to his give-aways to the banks and every one else.
I don't see how anyone could take Barack seriously at this point.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"