Friday, February 27, 2009

An Ethical Lag: Obama on Troop Withdrawal
Obama Plans to End Combat Mission in Iraq by August 2010
Published: February 27, 2009
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My comment #20.
February 27, 2009 8:57 am
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February 27th, 2009 8:49 am
Obama is promising on domestic policy and lousy on foreign policy. He is following the Bush-Cheney line with minor variations, in Afghanistan-Pakistan, Iraq and West Asia (aka 'the Middle East'). This is a Coke vs. Pepsi foreign policy.

Obama is intimidated by the Republicans, the generals and the State Dept.

Obama is way too wishy washy on the troop withdrawal.

50,000 US troops still in Iraq after 2010?

Guess this commander in chief wants his moment in the Iraqi sun, by visiting Baghdad's green zone under cover of night, with a zillion security personnel guarding him and not one Iraqi widow or orphan in sight.

Does he also want a couple shoes thrown at him?

The US should never have invaded and occupied Iraq and they have never been welcome there.

Obama claims he opposed the invasion and war. So why the delay?

Yes, yes I understand that is how politics, rather than statesmanship works.

In contrast, Ethical Democracy is a work in progress and it is demonstrated through an intentional accumulation of concrete ethical acts of policy and practice by the people and by their leaders. Is the US anyway near there yet?

Chithra KarunaKaran
Ethical Democracy As Lived Practice

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