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Problems with the Obama direction in the war

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Glenn Greenwald has a good column today, but let me just post the first update.

The Nation‘s Jeremy Scahill reveals that the U.S. military is using Blackwater — Blackwater — as part of "a secret program in [Pakistan in] which they plan targeted assassinations of suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives."  McClatchy reports that Obama has made a decision to send 34,000 more troops to Afghanistan which, if true, means, as Juan Cole says, that "Gen. Stanley McChrystal has won the struggle for policy decisively." 

So, to recap:  we have indefinite detention, military commissions, Blackwater assassination squads, escalation in Afghanistan, extreme secrecy to shield executive lawbreaking from judicial review, renditions, and denials of habeas corpus.  These are not policies Obama has failed yet to uproot; they are policies he has explicitly advocated and affirmatively embraced as his own.

And if you haven’t seen or read Bill Moyers’ amazing — and obviously relevant — examination this week of how and why President Johnson escalated the war in Vietnam, I can’t recommend highly enough that you do so.

The entire column is worth reading for those who are stunned to see the US moving away from the rule of law.

Written by Leisureguy

24 November 2009 at 9:57 am

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