MainLine Peace Action/DelMont PDA

March 17, 2011

Who’s In Charge Here?

Filed under: New Priorities — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:36 am

The people of Afghanistan have to wonder.  The Afghan government is heavily laced with Western, non-native advisors and contractors, and probably will be until 2025 at an annual cost of $6-8 billion.

February 25, 2011

Psychological Operations On Congressmen?

Filed under: American Empire — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:01 am

First of all, using psychological operations on congressmen assumes some brain there to work with.  But the Army is trying it anyway.  And if you worry about Rolling Stone magazine being the source for this story, remember what they did to General MacChrystal.

January 17, 2011

Martin Luther King Jr. On War

Filed under: American Empire, New Priorities — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:33 am

December 20, 2010

The Meat In The Sandwich

Filed under: American Empire — Tags: , , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:45 am

John Grant on Defense Secretary Gate’s characterization of the Pashtun homeland as “the meat in the sandwich” and his recollections of the December 16 demonstration at the White House.

December 19, 2010

Chris Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg, and W.H. Auden At The White House

Filed under: American Empire — Tags: , , , , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 4:32 pm

There they stood on December 16 in the snow and got arrested for peace and democracy.  We should have all been there.  This is an interview with Chris Hedges and a video about the White House demonstration.  Asked why he wanted to get arrested, Hedges said “because that’s all we have left.”

November 5, 2010

Obama: Get Tough!

Filed under: economics, elections — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:22 am

There are plenty of things Obama can do in the next two years to advance the progressive agenda and get this country going again, and they don’t need congressional help or votes or blessings.  The first thing to do is clean house.  Get rid of people like Tim Geithner who are more concerned with Wall Street than Main Street.  Then use the regulatory powers you already have.  Enforce the new rules for banks.  Make sure the new health law gets going to help sick people. Crack down on oil and coal companies that are wrecking our environment.  Get all the old government agencies ticking again – FEC, FTC, FCC, ICC, EPA .  Be the Commander-in-chief who gets our troops and our treasure out of Iraq and Afghanistan and a thousand bases around the world.  In other words, act more  like the head of the executive branch and less like a prime minister.  Yes you can.

September 18, 2010

Afghanistan As Farce

Filed under: American Empire — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:54 am

Except that farce is funny.  Our friend John Grant looks at the Afghan corruption problem (clear it with Karzai!) and Sudan.  Sudan?  Get used to it.

September 13, 2010

Is Afghanistan Coming Apart? Follow The Money.

Filed under: American Empire — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:47 am

The billions of bank dollars airlifted to Dubai have put a strain on the vaunted institution that will likely bring down the whole house of cards.

September 11, 2010

What We Should Do About Afghanistan

Filed under: American Empire — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 10:04 am

The recently released report from the Afghanistan Study Group says we have to do more than simply get out.

August 19, 2010

Maintaining The Empire

Filed under: American Empire — Tags: , , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:36 pm

Our friend John Grant writes about the Empire and about Robert Kaplan’s book describing it.  The interesting thing is that Kaplan is not a leftist but a rather conservative fellow.  Which makes it difficult for his right-wing friends to deny the Empire.  The left, meanwhile, seems to have assumed the role of Cassandra, who was given the gift of prophecy by Apollo.  Unfortunately, nobody believed her and so, when she warned the Trojans about the Greeks and their horse, she was ignored.  A really good piece of writing.  Probably our greatest chronicler of the Empire is Chalmers Johnson, whose new book, “Dismantling The Empire: America’s Last Best Hope,” is highly recommended.

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