Some political analysts argue the 2012 election will be settled by Angry White Men, the non-college educated, economically vulnerable males who have been voting for the Republican Party in increasing numbers. Others contend that Soccer Moms hold the key to either enlarging or mitigating the all important gender gap.
But Senator James Inhofe knows the decisive slice of the electorate isn't Security Moms, Waitress Moms, Joe-Six Packs, or Left Handed Vegan Family Farmers, but Pashtun Dads…
"Clearly this trip is campaign-related," he said. "We've seen recently that President Obama has visited college campuses in an attempt to win back the support of that age group since he has lost it over the last three years. Similarly, this trip to Afghanistan is an attempt to shore up his national security credentials, because he has spent the past three years gutting our military."
Okay, Inhofe's point isn't quite as daft as I made it out to be. Indeed, Barack Obama's Afghanistan speech, delivered from Bagram Airfield last night, was the first time a sitting U.S. President had addressed the American people from inside a war zone, and with the trip coming on the one year of anniversary of bin Laden's killing, it was difficult not to notice campaign overtones.
But even though not quite as crass in politicizing national security as the Bush administration should be an easy threshold for Obama to clear, we shouldn't blame the president for taking his campaign to Bagram. After 9/11, we took a detour to Iraq. And after finding Osama in Pakistan, we're still roaming around Afghanistan. With this being emblematic of the state of American geography learning, do we really expect our leaders to find their way to swing states in the Midwest without getting lost in Central Asian and the Middle East?
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Tags: Afghanistan, Barack Obama, Foreign Policy, James Inhofe
Part two of this "epic" investigative piece from John Oliver after the jump.
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Tags: Afghanistan, Gabon, Israel, John Oliver, Jon Stewart, Natural Disasters, Obama Administration, Palestine, Poverty, Robert Wexler, The Daily Show, UNESCO, United Nations, Video
After hearing that Afghani nationals burned a U.S. soldier in effigy, Sarah Palin is asking why Obama isn't sending troops into Effigy.
— Dr. David Robinson (@standupfalldown) March 13, 2012
Tags: Afghanistan, Barack Obama, Military, Sarah Palin, Tweet Untweet, Twitter
We've all been there. You're in the theater, watching a horror movie, trying to remember why you're paying good money for this horrible pit in your stomach.
The tension mounts as the killer, dressed up like Betty Boop because I find that scary, picks the lock on the door. But then we don't see the killer after that. Hey, maybe he's gone, we think to ourselves. Maybe the killer's left the movie for good, and we can spend this last half-hour watching those two hot 19-year-olds hook up on the couch and not get meat-cleavered to death.
That brief period of groundless optimism, that span when we temporarily forget that this is a horror movie and the killer's coming back, is how I felt reading this…
Rick Santorum said today that if a U.S. soldier shot and killed 16 civilians, as U.S. officials have suggested, then the Afghan people deserve an apology.
…What? Was that a reasonable, nuanced thing Rick Santorum said? Rick "the-Crusades-weren't-an-act-of-Christian-aggression" Santorum?
This has got to be a trick. The Betty Boop Killer can't have gone away. Deep down, we all know he must be a Rick Perry in disguise, who believes peeing on corpses is just something kids do.
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Tags: Afghanistan, Military, Republicans, Rick Santorum
Yesterday, in news that is very real and not made-up, this happened…
Rick Perry…said Sunday morning that the Obama administration has gone "over the top" in criticizing Marines who were videotaped urinating on Afghan corpses.
"Obviously, 18, 19-year-olds make stupid mistakes all too often," Perry said in an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union." "… What's really disturbing to me is just, kind of, the over-the-top-rhetoric from this administration and their disdain for the military."
I'm with Perry — kids screw up sometimes. Show me a teenager who hasn't thrown a drinking party when his parents were out of town, skipped class to see a rock concert or defied international law by desecrating the lifeless bodies of enemy soldiers in a time of war.
It's just a phase!
And Perry had a right to be mad. In addition to General James Amos ordering a criminal investigation into the act, Hillary Clinton called the event "utterly inconsistent with American values."
These people just don't understand. 18-year-olds, 19-year-olds — they can make mistakes and be forgiven. Unless they make them in Texas.
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Tags: Afghanistan, Hillary Clinton, Military, Rick Perry