Michael Haas: Pundits pushed UN Ambassador Susan Rice for Secretary of State to the point of her withdrawal even before nomination. Now they are pushing for Senator John Kerry. Yet they have completely missed Bill Richardson, by far the best qualified Democrat for Secretary of State.
Medea Benjamin: For people in Pakistan, where American drones have been dropping their Hellfire missiles, Obama’s joke lost something in translation.
No where in this war-torn nation do we find a focus on principles that the United States claims to prize so much. The people I met with didn’t ask for a new election: they asked, “Where is the democracy?”
Apparently, escalating the warfare is much more attractive to Washington’s policymakers than actually challenging the main supporters of the Taliban in Afghanistan — the Pakistani government.
What is Winter Soldier? In 1971, a group of veterans—current Massachusetts Senator John Kerry prominent among them—staged a protest called “Winter Soldier” that helped end the Vietnam War but that also unfairly saddled the Democrats with a “soft on defense” label that dogged the Party for decades.