Third Way Perspectives
Archive for June, 2009
June 18th, 2009
No one ever went broke betting on the hypocrisy of congressional Republicans.
For seven years, they blustered about how Democrats had failed to “support the troops in the field” by voting against appropriations to fund the war in Iraq. Now, almost all House Republicans have themselves voted against funding the war in Afghanistan. To be fair, they’ve come up with an iron-clad reason for their own decision to abandon the troops: the IMF.
That’s right, Republicans voted no on a $106 billion war funding bill because it also includes $5 billion assigned for the International Monetary Fund.
June 5th, 2009
Originally published in Politico.
Four days before the election of 2004, Osama bin Laden released a video message boasting of his role in the Sept. 11 attacks. Bin Laden’s message was a political bouquet for the Bush campaign, and it has been widely credited with helping Bush open an insurmountable lead over Sen. John Kerry as voters headed to the polls.
Bin Laden’s target was not just American audiences. Throughout the Bush years, Al Qaeda’s leadership served as a sort of Netflix for the Al Jazeera television network, sending in new tapes every few months to keep Islamic extremists whipped into a frenzy of anti-American animus.
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