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US Policy: Realist Vs. Realist-Liberal

US Policy: Realist Vs. Realist-Liberal

Alright, I’m pretty sure I’ve got you confused already by the title. Let me explain. Much has been leaked that the upcoming Obama policy plan for Afghanistan will take a ‘minimalist‘ approach to the crucial, yet troubling security situation in South Asia. In other words, Obama may downplay talk and attempts to create a democratic […]

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More on Obama's Team

There really is a Murderer’s Row of environmentalists, renewable energy advocates and all-purpose rainbow warriors coming into the Obama administration and springing into action. The three newest additions to the team are very strong.  Gina McCarthy is Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).  The “Hartford Courant” reports here that McCarthy is being […]

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"Appalachia's Agony"

"Appalachia's Agony"

That’s the title of the editorial from yesterday’s “NY Times” about The Crime of Mountaintop Removal Mining.  I’ve been writing about this travesty for nearly a year here.  My concern was triggered by this truly outstanding documentary, Burning the Future: Coal in America, and meeting the filmmaker and having him in my climate change class. […]

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Wood Out, Eikenberry In

Wood Out, Eikenberry In

President Obama has officially named Lieutenant General Karl Eikenberry as his choice to be the US ambassador to Afghanistan.  Eikenberry, a career military man, was the top US commander in Afghanistan until 2007.  Though some are concerned about giving such a key diplomatic spot to a military leader, I feel this is an excellent choice.  […]

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Afghanistan Public Support: A Challenge for Obama

Afghanistan Public Support: A Challenge for Obama

After President Obama’s announcement last month that he was sending in 17,000 more US troops to fight for stability in Afghanistan, it seemed that there were few who thought it a bad idea, though some surely did, and the American people seemed to back the plan according to several polls and newspaper articles. The main […]

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Elizabeth Kolbert on Where We Are Today

You can’t praise Betsy Kolbert enough, in my opinion.  She has been the must lucid, grounded, smart and committed journalist writing about climate change for several years.  In The War on Rachel Carson here from a couple of years ago, I wrote “Nota Bene –   I put Betsy Kolbert in a class with Rachel Carson.  […]

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GHG Registry

I’ve been lauding the new Presidential administration’s approach.  See “Climate of Change” and “The Eagle Has Landed” and other posts going back to November. The new EPA has taken another critically important step:  They are going to create a comprehensive, nationwide reporting system for greenhouse gases.  This system is a critical component for any federal […]

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Negotiating with the Taliban: Obama and the “Reconcilables”

Negotiating with the Taliban: Obama and the “Reconcilables”

In an Air Force One interview session, President Obama opened the proverbial door to negotiating with the segments of the Taliban. He was vague about who the ‘Taliban’ was and how to go about it, but its definitely on his Afghan policy workbench. Though he offered few details, Obama was well aware that such a […]

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Missile Attack Expansion Inside Pakistan

The New York Times has reported that the Obama administration has widened the scope of missile attacks inside of Pakistan. The report details two specific drone attacks inside of Pakistani territory that directly targeted Baitullah Mehsud, an insurgent leader who mainly targets Pakistani forces, not the US/NATO/Afghan forces across the border, and his camps. The […]

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Green Stimulus

In “Climate of Change”, I celebrated the first Obama budget proposal, along with the economic stimulus package and the renewables tax credit package from the autumn, as just what the doctor ordered for the push to decarbonize the economy and create hundreds of thousands of green jobs. Two of the world’s most eminent economists, Joseph […]

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US-Afghanistan: Troop Surge and Strategy Fallback

US-Afghanistan: Troop Surge and Strategy Fallback

**Welcome!!!  My Foreign Policy Association ‘Afghanistan and Central Asia’ blog has been split in two and I will be the main blog writer for this Afghanistan blog.  I will write up a quick summary of what I plan to cover and emphasize on this site in the next couple days.  Glad you’re here.** President Obama fulfilled one […]

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Afghanistan's Newfound Popularity in the US Media and Government

It is amazing how much the US media is now concentrating on the war in Afghanistan as the war in Iraq is dropping further and further onto the back pages. This also appears to be true in looking at US government entities as Afghan envoy Richard Holbrooke is seemingly everywhere and we do not even […]

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