Our strategy in Syria is remarkably similar to our previous strategy in Libya. In both the idea is heavy international air strikes combined with arming and training local “moderate” rebels, but no ‘boots on the ground.’ So before we spend billions in Syria we should take a moment to see how well this basic plan [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday October 6, 2014 10:08 am|
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday September 16, 2014 7:42 am|
The more we learn about President Obama’s strategy for Syria the more it sounds almost exactly like his previous war plan in Libya. The basic idea is to use a combination of heavy airstrikes, limited assets on the ground, training/arming/aiding “moderate” rebels with the help of other countries in the Middle East, and working against [...]
|By: Jon Walker Thursday September 11, 2014 7:08 am|
President Obama didn’t actually make much news during his prime time speech last night. Most of the policies were reported well in advance of Obama taking the stage. When it comes to such a big decision where so many individuals are consulted, Washington D.C. leaks like a sieve. As a result most of the news [...]
|By: Jon Walker Thursday April 12, 2012 8:32 am|
President Obama has decided not to follow the example set by President Lyndon B. Johnson and will not use an executive order to ban discrimination. From the Huffington Post: The Obama administration on Wednesday decided not to move forward with an executive order prohibiting workplace discrimination among federal contractors that is a top priority for [...]
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday March 7, 2012 12:00 pm|
After the US and our NATO allies provided a bunch of weapons and military aid to a diverse hodgepodge of Libyan militias, who mainly only agreed on the fact they didn’t like Muammar Gaddafi, it now appears they are having trouble getting along. From The Guardian: The Libyan leader, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, has vowed to [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday January 24, 2012 12:34 pm|
In an attempt to defend President Obama’s foreign policy decisions the Center for American Progress has released a terribly misguided one page chart comparing the Iraq war and the Libya war. The chart’s basic message is that Obama is better than Bush, because Obama is much more thrifty when he launches an illegal war based [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday August 22, 2011 8:18 am|
I wish the people of Libya, like I would wish people anywhere, the best. After a six month civil war and Muammar Gaddafi now deposed, I hope the Libyans end up with a free, fair and open democracy. It would be wonderful if Libya now enters a phase of peaceful prosperity under a government that [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday June 28, 2011 11:24 am|
It is a powerful reminder of how signals from partisan leaders can go a long way to shape the views of their base on some issues. The President isn’t some hapless slave to popular opinion. His bully pulpit actually is powerful and can cause people to change their minds. Now if he would just use it for changing minds on other issues.
|By: Jon Walker Monday June 27, 2011 7:42 am|
The negotiation table is like the poker table, you don’t get a seat unless you have chips to pay with. By failing to prove she actually has the will and/or power to say no, Pelosi has shown the president she has no leverage, so doesn’t deserve a seat.
|By: Jon Walker Friday June 24, 2011 6:55 am|
It seems that a large part of whether you support a war or not depends on the party you belong and if the president is from your party. With Americans turning against the U.S. involvement in Libya, it is the Independents and Republicans who are leading the way, while Democrats stay stable.