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03 Feb 2011 21:33


World: Obama administration eyeing exit strategy for Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak

  • last week The Obama administration, despite protests, was showing that it continued to favor Hosni Mubarak as Egyptian leader.
  • this week After huge protests, shows of violence and growing discontent, the Obama administration is now trying to push him out. source
  • » But he doesn’t wanna go: In his interview with Christiane Amanpour today, he said this key phrase to Obama regarding his possible exit: “You don’t understand the Egyptian culture and what would happen if I step down now.” Does it matter that this his how he feels? If Mubarak were to leave, his newly-appointed vice president, Omar Suleiman, would likely take over.

20 Nov 2010 10:32


World: NATO’s plan for getting out of Afghanistan pushed back a little

  • good NATO has announced a firm exit date to finally end military operations in Afghanistan.
  • bad That firm exit date isn’t until 2014, well into Michael Bloomberg’s first term. (Kidding!)
  • worse Obama won’t commit to that date. Hmm. Wasn’t this war supposed to end in 2011? source

02 Dec 2009 10:34


01 Dec 2009 21:08


U.S., World: Obama on Afghanistan: Push ’em in fast, pull ’em out quick

  • We will continue to advise and assist Afghanistan’s security forces to ensure that they can succeed over the long haul. But it will be clear to the Afghan government – and, more importantly, to the Afghan people – that they will ultimately be responsible for their own country.
  • President Barack Obama • On his choice to add 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, but begin to pull them out by July of 2011. Will 20 months be enough to move to the next step? We’ll find out. Obama’s plan, BTW, is in that mushy area where liberals don’t like it, but neither do conservatives. But it’s not burning fury, either. So he’s doing OK. source