Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bits and Pieces - October 21, 2009

I'm really impressed with a couple of our past presidential candidates. John Kerry seems to have saved the day in Kabul, and Hillary Clinton is everything a Secretary of State should be. It feels good to have such people in our government. Now the speculation: Richard Holbrooke, who might have been the one to whisper in President Hamid Karzai's ear, seems to have dropped from sight. Too much drama for Obama?

California is deciding on more Marine Protected Areas.

A report (pdf) on Jundullah, the organization that seems to have been responsible for the recent killing of Revolutionary Guards in Iran. Baluchistan presents problems for Pakistan as well. Another of those ethnic groupings across state boundaries, like Pashtunistan and Kurdistan.

It's about time!

Rating the states on improving energy efficiency.


helmut said...

I know. It's so nice to have grown-ups again. Even if I don't like a given policy or another, I'm glad adults are making the decisions.

And note Cheney's remarks (I think it was yesterday) that Bush/Cheney gave Obama the Afghanistan policy he is taking (and should thus should get credit?). "Mine!" But... what is that policy? To fuck up badly? No. Cheney says Obama is "dithering" and thus fucking up the brilliant policy he inherited from Dick Cheney.

Cheney needs a time-out.

MT said...

Arguably credit should go to Bush for Kerry's unique credibility with Karzai on election fraud. Anyway, we may be talking about a quality he didn't have as a candidate but only as a result of having lost.

MT said...

and/or to whom.

Cheryl Rofer said...

"Obama's dithering" seems to be one of the less catchy Republican memes of the week. John Bolton wrote an entire op-ed on the theme.