I was actually thinking, before this article by Siegel came out, that Obama is caving in to the ever expanding evolving military industrial complex that took hold after WW2... Eisenhower (the last good Republican president) warned us about the threat they pose ..
they could have created this perpetual war by starting two wars...
and guess what....
Have you thought about the way we (the allies) had control over the middle east in WW2 where the energy for all the tanks, planes and weapons could be easily accessed!
I'm guessing there was a very good sales job by the generals and perhaps the political influence strongly suggested
that he could win the right wing vote if he comes out victorious
from the mess and quagmires Bush Jr. created...
but in the meantime, this is a very big gamble, considering the outrageous cost of this war ...imagine over a 100 thousand troops times
a million $...
wouldn't that cover the next generations healthcare costs for at least the next 30 years??
what's more important??

my Mom IL. says exactly what Bush has been saying for the last decade:
... that it's better we take it over there than letting those terrorists bring it over here!!
Then why didn't Bush go after Bin Laden when they had him in their sights??
cuz then maybe there wouldn't be a reason to go after Saddam...
this is the kind of scary thinking that was running this country scared for a decade!!
It's that kind of thinking that will cause this country to sink further into debt along with all the hatred towards our military's desire for domination while only leaving 20 thousand troops left to protect our country here!!
and at what cost right now??
1/4th of our kids now are on food stamps! we cannot even properly feed our own children!!
100 thousand x a million =100,000,000,000$ divided by 300,000,000
that would pay for everybody's health coverage for a couple of years!!

Bush Lite
by Lee Siegel

Info RSS Lee Siegel has written about culture and politics and is the author of three books: Falling Upwards: Essays in Defense of the Imagination; Not Remotely Controlled: Notes on Television; and, most recently, Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob. In 2002, he received a National Magazine Award for reviews and criticism.

Info RSS Lee Siegel has written about culture and politics and is the author of three books: Falling Upwards: Essays in Defense of the Imagination; Not Remotely Controlled: Notes on Television; and, most recently, Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob. In 2002, he received a National Magazine Award for reviews and criticism.

"Obama’s speech at West Point tonight will be a masterpiece of manipulation. Lee Siegel on how this president has hoodwinked the nation.

Well, what a coincidence. Two days before Obama is set to give a speech at West Point, in which he is expected to announce at least 30,000 more troops for Afghanistan, a Senate Foreign Relations Committee report is released that blames an insufficient number of troops for Osama bin Laden’s escape from American forces in 2001. You could be forgiven for thinking that the chairman of the committee, Sen. John Kerry, is serving his commander in chief's interests.

No, Obama is not Bush. More and more, he seems like a continuation of Bush by other means.

The report implies that it was the lack of American soldiers under the Bush administration that was responsible for, in the report’s words, “laying the foundation for today’s protracted Afghan insurgency and inflaming the internal strife now endangering Pakistan.” That was Bush’s policy, and since we all know Bush was evil, the opposite policy must be good. The aggressiveness that we associate with Bush is actually, in Obama’s hands, the righteous corrective to Bush’s aggressiveness.

• Richard Wolffe: No Wriggle Room for Obama

• Meghan McCain: My Anger at Obama Once again, Obama is using Bush's counter-example as a lever to sway the public. Yet to an even greater extent than his predecessor, Obama is proving himself an expert manipulator of public opinion, capitalizing on the McChrystal and then the Eikenberry leaks to give the impression of anguished, many-sided deliberations over whether to increase troop levels in Afghanistan. The good cop/bad cop routine with Joe Biden, who dutifully argued against more troops, was breathtakingly cynical.

• Peter Beinart: Stop Talking About Leaving Like Bush, Obama wants to wage an escalating war without worrying about how to pay for it—though no doubt, on Tuesday, we will be subjected to the same ludicrous vows not to increase the deficit. And it is almost uncanny to hear, this time from the liberal Obama, the same bloodcurdling rhetoric about nation-building and creating democratic institutions, and so on, that led us into implacably undemocratic Iraq. Warlord-run Afghanistan is nothing like Iraq. It is more like Somalia. Remember Somalia?

You want to rub your eyes in disbelief. Six years since the distastrous invasion of Iraq, six years of media deconstructing, unmasking, eviscerating, ironizing the Bush regime’s justification of that foolish war, six years of the Daily Show—six years later, and the weasel-ish, evasive, dishonest patter remains the same.
The media still use the word “surge,” which brings to mind heartening images of a positive rise in electric power, when the truth is that what the administration calls a “surge” is just another name for “reinforcements,” which brings to mind less heartening images of a losing battle. Indeed, just as Obama’s people speak of providing “exit ramps” for our deepening entanglement in Afghanistan—as if it were all a rational question of simple engineering; of road-building—the media have totally bought into talking about the war as if it were all a rational question of simple electrical contracting, what with an “insurgency” here, and a “surge” there, and a “counterinsurgency” everywhere. But war is notoriously foggy. It is impervious to sudden illumination, let alone to the impressive timetables of armchair strategists who think they can control the future with a "plan."

Obama will lead us deeper into yet another pointless conflict, in yet another unremittingly hostile and unassimilable place, but we will be asked to give him time. For the political writer Jacob Weisberg, opining in Slate, one of Obama’s great accomplishments this past year has actually been that “Next week, after a much-disparaged period of review, he will announce a new strategy in Afghanistan.” Winston Churchill, move over. But then, Weisberg praises Obama for the following presidential triumphs: “preventing a depression, remaking America's global image, and winning universal health insurance.” Never mind that unemployment is the highest it’s been in decades, and going even higher, and that any Democratic president with a Democratic majority in Congress would have passed a similar stimulus package to Obama's, and probably a larger one. As for remaking America’s global image—who cares? Anyway, images are made with actions, not words.
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