Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 9th, 2010 4:31 am by HL
Obama Has Bungled Handling of Karzai
Trudy Rubin, Philly Inquirer
KABUL, Afghanistan - When Afghan President Hamid Karzai was meeting with provincial governors recently, he looked at his dinner and remarked, “Maybe the foreigners put some poison in my food.”This story was told to me by someone who attended the event and said he thought Karzai was joking. But the Afghan leader's remark shows how low U.S.-Afghan diplomatic relations have sunk in a week when Karzai has repeatedly railed against foreigners and declared he won't be anyone's puppet.In recent weeks, Karzai has rushed to Iran and China to prove he doesn't depend…
Rescuing Capitalism from Wall Street
Matt Miller, Washington Post
At what point does the ubiquity of the undeserving rich become so corrosive in a democracy that it sparks a backlash that wrongly discredits capitalism altogether?That's my question for Bob Rubin and Charles Prince, both formerly of Citigroup, when they testify before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission on Thursday. Though first I'd put it this way: How'd you guys make so much money running Citigroup into the ground and leaving it a ward of the state?
Rebuilding an American Legacy
Joe Conason, New York Observer
If there is any subject that enrages those who now call themselves conservatives, it is federal spending — and especially the stimulus program enacted by the Democratic administration and Congress last year. The government can do nothing right, they say. The stimulus was pure waste that created no jobs at all. The country would be better off without Washington taxing and spending at all.And in the next breath, those same furious folks will say that we are robbing the generations ahead by burdening them with a legacy of debt.