I am not an Obama fanatic. I did not favor a surge in Afghanistan; didn’t support the nature of the financials bailouts; wanted universal health coverage; wanted proper prosecution of the thieves of Wall Street, believe the war on drugs must end yesterday.
But here, now, just shy of four years later I can look back and I can have respect for this man. He said he was going to bail out Detroit and he did; he said he was going to pass the stimulus package to stave off loss of jobs and rebuild infrastructure and he did; he said he was going to surge in Afghanistan to facilitate a later winding down of that war and he did; he said he was going to end the inane war in Iraq and he did. He passed Obamacare like he said he would. He reversed the loss of job growth trend like he said he would. He extended unemployment benefits and helped folks keep their homes like he said he would. And on and on it goes.
— Richard Schiff
Imagine what your reaction would be if the Mexican government agreed to pay Barack Obama $1.4 billion to deploy US troops and armored vehicles to New York, Los Angeles and Chicago to conduct military operations, set up check points, and engage in fire-fights that end up killing 35,000 US civilians on the streets of American cities.
This is exactly how the US is treating Mexico, and it’s been going on since 2006.
— Mike Whitney (CounterPunch)
Mexico is “looking more and more like Colombia looked 20 years ago,” according to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Oh good, I thought, we’re finally learning from our mistakes.
At this time last year, I was reporting the results of our War on Drugs in Colombia, where we targeted the rebel forces known as “FARC”:
What most Americans do not know is that our tax dollars are largely responsible for the rise of the FARC in the first place. Continue reading ““Fool Me Twice!” Pleads Secretary Clinton”
My first column is in the Sun-Sentinel today. It combines two issues I’ve discussed previously on this blog: military intervention in sovereign nations and our lopsided drug policy. It also includes a bit of history with which the vast majority of Americans are sadly unfamiliar. If you thought you understood Colombia and the FARC from what you read in the newspapers these days, think again. You can read it all here, and below are the addenda: Continue reading “Fresh, Squeezed Trouble in Latin America”