Contrary to what you’re hearing from the noise media, Copenhagen was not a complete bust. The agreement to reduce deforestation was an important step forward that could become as significant as any cap-and-trade system in reducing net carbon emissions. And the pledge by industrialized countries to commit billions to assist developing countries in reducing their emissions and adapting to global warming is vital to millions of the worlds’ people.
President Obama’s decision to escalate our military presence in Afghanistan with the introduction of 30,000 troops is doubling down on a bad bet.
President Bush made the decision to commit U.S. ground troops in Afghanistan on the questionable theory that if you could deny the Taliban and al Qaeda a place from which to operate, you could put them out of business forever.
I’ve just returned from my book tour to New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts where I saw many old friends, met some wonderful new people, and had many interesting conversations about UNLIKELY ALLIES. And I had a lot of fun being interviewed on Connecticut Public Radio with Faith Middleton, who has long been one of my favorite NPR interviewers. If you want to listen to her amusing interview click here.
On the road for UNLIKELY ALLIES. Good turnouts in San Francisco, Marin, and New York City. The book is receiving a great reception from people who like Iphones and “Madmen.” And if you don’t like “Madmen” you shouldn’t be allowed to vote.
Conservatives in Congress are trying to derail the health reform bill by arguing that it allows people to purchase private insurance that covers abortion. Conservatives are demanding that the bill include language prohibiting even private insurers from paying for an abortion. Many of these conservatives are the same people who have denounced the public option as creeping socialism. Republican House minority leader John Boehner has called the health insurance reform bill, “the greatest threat to freedom that I have seen in the 19 years I’ve been in Washington.”
The normally circumspect David Brooks of The New York Times could hardly contain himself on the News Hour. The buttoned-down conservative sputtered that awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama was “a joke,” and he dismissed the Nobel Prize Committee as nothing more than “five Norwegian lefties.” Other commentators were quick to pass judgment that the Nobel Committee was behaving like the Democratic Campaign Committee by awarding the prize first to Vice-President Gore and now President Obama. After all, what exactly had Obama accomplished?
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) provides assistance to low-income families. Among other activities ACORN has crusaded for a living wage, aid for the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, and relief for families facing foreclosure. Perhaps ACORN is based known for registering minority and poor voters in record numbers in the 2008 election.
We are accustomed to reading histories that deify the Founding Fathers. They, after all, overthrew the world’s greatest military power to establish a republic, and they did it with rhetorical grace that even today stirs the heart. Our idealized view of the Founding Fathers obscures their failings as often as it eclipses other great American political leaders who did not have the good fortune to be alive in 1776.